Monday, August 11, 2014

Today -100: August 11, 1914: Of Montene Grins, spies, and amnesties

Montenegrins (or as a typo in the NYT abstract puts it, Montene Grins, which is so much cheerier) capture Scutari, a town whose name I sort of hoped never to hear again after the Balkan Wars.

25,000 Americans are stuck in Germany.

France bans the publication of casualty lists.  And it sounds an awful lot like they don’t plan to contact the families of wounded or dead soldiers, but wait for them to make inquiries when they haven’t gotten a letter in a while.

Belgium has captured no fewer than 2,000 German spies, and shot 100 of them.  That’s a lot of spies.

France breaks off relations with Austria, claiming Austria broke its promise to stay out of the Franco-German war, because there are Austrian troops in Alsace.

Woodrow Wilson sends a commission to the Dominican Republic (consisting of the former governor of NJ, the ambassador to the DR, and a lawyer) to convey his plan for pacifying the country.  I’m sure the Dominicans will be thrilled.

The NYT is horrified at the notion that suffragists might not only ask politicians to support women’s suffrage, but to refrain from supporting other politicians who do not (after suffragists discover that NY gubernatorial candidate Harvey Hinman opposes their cause, they asked Theodore Roosevelt if he’d continue to back Hinman).

The British government orders the release from prison of all militant suffragists.  And a general amnesty for any past crimes, so Christabel Pankhurst can return from her Paris exile.  Some trades unionists in jail because of offenses related to strikes are also released.  No ordinary criminals.

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