Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Today -100: September 3, 1913: Of train wrecks and pardons

Headline of the Day -100: “Wilson Sees Wreck Pyre.” By coincidence, his train follows a route where a train, the White Mountain Flyer, crashed in Connecticut a few hours before, killing 21. The New Haven railroad is notorious for crashes, collisions and wrecks. The NYT lists 17 in the previous 27 months, with 66 deaths.

Guy-Who-Thinks-He’s-Still-Governor-of-New-York William Sulzer pardons bank embezzler extraordinaire Joseph Robin. The warden of the prison holding Mr. Robin plans to ignore the pardon. Sulzer’s idea is to force a court to rule on just who is governor of New York pending his impeachment trial (a court will rule against him, and Robin will go back where he came from).

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