Monday, March 02, 2015

Today -100: March 2, 1915: We do not propose to assassinate their seamen or destroy their ships

Headline of the Day -100: 

A ship, not the city or the state. Just arrived in New York (the city and indeed the state, not the ship) from Liverpool (the city, not a pool of liver).

Headline of the Day -100: 

Cecil C. doesn’t care that the British government has disavowed his speaking tour of the US.

The captain of a Norwegian steamship, the Thordis, says he rammed and sank a submarine.

Britain and France announce plans to cut off all of Germany’s sea trade. As retaliation for German’s sub warfare thing, of course, which Asquith describes in Parliament as grotesque and puerile. Puerile? He reassures neutral countries that this won’t necessarily mean seizure of their cargoes and “We do not propose to assassinate their seamen or destroy their ships.” So that’s okay then.

Herbert Hoover says the Germans are keeping their promise not to requisition food from Belgium, so all the food sent by the US is actually reaching Belgians, who he says are entirely dependent on those shipments.

The Arizona Legislature’s lower house rescinds its earlier vote to make the chamber smoke-free, which was evidently originally done at the behest of Rep. Rachel Berry, the only woman in the House.

Headline of the Day -100, or Euphemism for a Weird Sex Act? You Be the Judge: 

Two reporters on the pro-German New York newspaper, the Staats-Zeitung, visit Annette Stegler, the American wife of Richard Stegler, the German naval reservist arrested for fraudulently obtaining a US passport, in order to... persuade her to withdraw her charges against German Naval Attach√© Capt. Karl Boy-Ed. The idea was to trick her into visiting a hotel room and threatening to ruin her reputation. When this fails (and she throws a seltzer bottle at the reporters), they have her arrested on charges of assault.  The judge throws the case out as the obvious frame-up job it is.

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