Saturday, March 07, 2015

Today -100: March 7, 1915: Everybody went to bed and slept as usual

Headline of the Day -100:  “Bulgaria’s Position in the World War.” Note the use of “World War.”

Headline of the Day -100 (LA Times):  “Call Germans Incendiaries. French Indignant at Use of Burning Fluid in War.”

The Texas House of Reps votes down a women’s suffrage amendment to the state constitution (90-32 in favor, but it needed 2/3, which is 94 votes).

The Lusitania docks safely in Liverpool. This time it didn’t fly an American flag. “While crossing the Irish Channel the lights were extinguished, but everybody went to bed and slept as usual.”

Justice Department agents are investigating multiple rumors of plots for a German invasion of Canada from Chicago or Buffalo or St. Paul or maybe Milwaukee, because why not.

Book of the Day -100: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Valley of Fear. The last (and least) Sherlock Holmes novel. Actually published last year, but the NYT reviews the US edition today. Their reviewer, Hildegarde Hawthorne, granddaughter of Nathaniel, likes it.

The Greek cabinet resigns. They want to go to war against the Central Powers (well, just Turkey really), but King Constantine does not.

A revolt in Portugal. Former minister of war Gen. Antonio Barreto is declared president of the Republic of Northern Portugal, which is evidently a thing now.

Headline of the Day -100:  “Sing Sing to Teach the Genteel Arts.” There’ll be a brass band and everything. A very genteel brass band.

The state of New York prosecuted 42 canning companies for illegal use of child labor in 1914, but only 2 were convicted, and those 2 were only fined $20. The state labor commissioner says local sentiment in favor of child labor influenced juries and magistrates. The companies erected tents outside the factories for their under-14 workers, and then claimed that, hey, they’re not working in a factory.

If it’s Sunday, it must be a flood of letters in the NYT about women’s suffrage. One from Everett Pepperrell Wheeler, failed candidate for governor of New York in the ‘90s and president of the Man-Suffrage Association, responds to a previous letter about how suffrage could make subways less crowded, or something. Wheeler says if women don’t like the city, why there are plenty of families in the country looking for servants. Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Mrs. Arthur Dodge are given 1½ pages each to present the best arguments pro and con, so you can read those if you haven’t made up your mind yet.

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