Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Today -100: October 2, 1913: Of woman suffrage’s destructive course, telegraph lines, destroyed romantic illusions, and hobo kings

Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicholson marry. I predict a long and weird marriage.

The National Association Opposed to Woman Suffrage says that if suffragists can prove to them (by December, for some reason) that a majority of women want the vote, it will “withdraw its opposition, albeit sorrowfully, and allow woman suffrage to roll on its destructive course.” It doesn’t explain how this support is to be demonstrated.

Woodrow Wilson plans to introduce legislation for a federal takeover of the telegraph lines and perhaps of inter-state phone lines as well.

A judge grants an injunction against Morgan College (now Morgan State University, a historically black college) from building a settlement in the Mount Washington suburb of Baltimore or, more specifically, from moving in any negroes (except as servants, of course).

A Canadian man kills himself in New York because, according to his diary, “Bernard Shaw has destroyed all my sentiments and romantic illusions”. Yup, Shaw’ll do that.

At the American Road Congress, a man announces himself as the Hobo King of America and asks to be seated as a delegate because “who is more interested in good roads than hoboes?” They seat him, because after all he is the Hobo King of America (C. Jeff Davis, President of the International Itinerant Workers’ Union).

President/King Davis wants you not to confuse hoboes with tramps, “who disgrace our profession.”

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