Friday, February 27, 2015

Today -100: February 27, 1915: No one can hold me responsible for the recent earthquake in Italy

The Supreme Court is hearing the Leo Frank appeal. The state of Georgia denies that there were any intimidating mob scenes during the trial, “except such as was developed in a ‘law-abiding community’ by the evidence as it was gradually unfolded.”

The British government orders shipbuilders in Scotland not to strike for a 4p/hour wage increase; says it will arbitrate.

The German naval attaché at the embassy in Washington, Capt. Karl Boy-Ed, laughs off the accusation that he is running a spy/sabotage ring: “If another accident happens in the subway I shall probably be accused of that. ... At any rate I am happy to say no one can hold me responsible for the recent earthquake in Italy.” No, but that explosion on the bridge at the Canadian border...

South African troops are invading German Southwest Africa (Namibia), led personally by Prime Minister Botha, who was a general in the Boer War.

Like Germany, Austria will turn its schoolchildren into agricultural laborers, closing all schools for summer a month early.

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  1. You might be interested in today's (2/27/15) Washington Herald where they have printed a rumor of the Germans building an underwater submarine base off the coast of Scotland. It is on the front page.

  2. Whoops it is off the coast of Ireland. The headline at the bottom of the third column reads "underwater gun to fight submarines". Here is the link to the front page so you don't have to look for it.

  3. Ah, not literally an underwater base like a Bond villain might own so much as Irish people providing oil to refuel submarines. In a bog. Because it's Ireland.