Sunday, October 27, 2013

Today -100: October 27, 1913: What if they gave an election and no one voted?

Headline of the Day -100: “MEXICO VOTES; NOBODY ELECTED.” The constitution requires 1/3 of the voters to vote for the results to be valid and nowhere near that many participated in the farce. So Huerta will stay in power while he arranges another farce-election (farcection?). Huerta announces an increase in the size of the military from 90,000 to 150,000.

A 12-hour gun battle is waged between striking coal miners, deputy sheriffs and mine guards in Ludlow, Colorado. Gov. Elias Ammons calls in the National Guard. More will be heard from Ludlow.

After a suspiciously long delay, Tammany candidate for mayor of New York City Edward McCall and “Boss” Charles Murphy both deny that McCall paid Murphy for his seat on the state Supreme Court. McCall threatens to sue every newspaper that publishes the charges.

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