Thursday, March 12, 2015

Today -100: March 12, 1915: Of pigs, champagne, olde-timey pastimes, and legions

Germany is still anxious to kill off its 20 million pigs, who are eating potatoes that humans could be eating. “Each pig killed between now and the middle of April, it is estimated, will insure the existence of ten Germans until October.”

Headline of the Day -100:

The New York State Senate fails by a vote of 25-12 to ban the popular Coney Island, um, game, of throwing baseballs at a negro’s head. Why, scoffs Sen. Thompson, “you might just as well pass a bill making it a misdemeanor... to give bad peanuts to a good monkey.”

Secretary of War Garrison writes to Gen. Leonard Wood, Commander of the Department of the East, telling him to stop promoting the American Legion (again, not the current Legion but a group of former members of the military ready and willing to join some hypothetical war that the US might hypothetically enter). And he leaks the letter to the press, which shows just how pissed off he is with Wood.

The US cavalry intercepts 200 Mexicans about to cross from Texas into Chihuahua. These are refugees and former Federale soldiers who have been recruited to fight against Villa.

New York Mayor John Purroy Mitchel has changed his mind, or at least his perception of which way the wind is blowing, and now supports women’s suffrage.

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