Saturday, August 31, 2013

Today -100: August 31, 1913: Of capitals and lockouts

The European Powers have decided that Albania’s capital will be Elbassan, a small crappy town several days’ mule-ride from the coast (that is, it was then; today I’m sure it’s a sophisticated, gleaming metropolis), which “does not contain a single dwelling suitable for a European resident.”

Rioting in Dublin (the NYT surely meant to say a police riot, since it was they who attacked striking tram workers). Well, I say striking, but this is the start of what is known as the Dublin Lockout. Employers in the city collectively decided to crush the Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union by firing hundreds of its members (Guinness, a major employer in the city, did not join in the lockout).

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