Saturday, November 29, 2014

Today -100: November 29, 1914: Beware the French Dragons!

France and Germany and Austria will exchange civilian prisoners aged 45-60 who are medically unfit for military service.

NYT Index Typo of the Day -100: “DRAGONS WRECKED GERMAN AIR FLEET; French War Office Describes Night Attack of Cavalry on an Aeroplane Camp.”  What are French dragons like?  I picture him wearing a beret, with a Galois hanging from the corner of his mouth.

German newspapers are trying to reassure the public that the Russian winter isn’t really so bad for German soldiers.  In fact, according to the professors being trotted out, severe cold kills germs and is therefore healthy (cholera has already broken out among some soldiers).

Norway’s women’s suffrage society (est. 1885) dissolves, because they won.  In Norway suffrage was granted in installments (local elections to women paying a certain amount of tax in 1896, in state elections in 1907, county elections in 1910 for women over 25, and equal votes in 1913.

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