Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Today -100: October 7, 1914: Of clocks, fun & suicide, jaluits, mines, and monticellos

An ill wind etc: American clockmakers are poised to take over the hole in the British clock market left by the loss of German imports.

Theodore Roosevelt and Republican candidate for governor of New York Charles Whitman dispute over whether, during the NYC mayor race a year ago, while Whitman, who ultimately lost, was  negotiating a deal with other candidates not to run for governor if elected mayor, he was simultaneously secretly negotiating with Roosevelt for TR’s support for Whitman as a fusion candidate for governor.  I’d have thought that made Roosevelt look just as sneaky and under-handed as Whitman.

Pancho Villa imports 10,000 rifles through the port of San Antonio.  The Carranza side is also buying up arms in the US.  Swell.

Headline of the Day -100:  “Children’s Fun Causes Suicide.”  A porter in a London hotel kills himself after children taunt his daughter – fun! – for being German.

The Japanese seize Jaluit, an island or atoll or something in the German colony in the Marshall islands, which is part of German New Guinea.  Japan claims it doesn’t intend to keep Jaluit.

France has begun mining the Adriatic, because Austria is mining the Adriatic.

The French government will return to Paris from its Bordeaux sojourn. (Er, eventually.)

A district court judge removes Lewis Duncan, the socialist mayor of Butte, Montana, and Sheriff Tim Driscoll, from office, supposedly for inadequately reacting to the miners’ strike (and the various accompanying dynamitings) earlier this year.  I’m going to speculate that Anaconda bought itself a district court judge, as was the custom.

There has been talk for years about the nation acquiring Monticello.  Pres. Wilson approves the idea, but not necessarily the idea of presidents using it as their summer home.

Joseph P. Kennedy, the 26-year-old president of the Columbia Trust Bank, marries Rose Fitzgerald.

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  1. The Adriatic Affair - a "what's your is mine and what's mine is mine" situation

  2. "yours" dammit

  3. Well, they're dropping sea mines, so it's more If I can't have it, no one can have it.