Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Today -100: April 15, 1915: I think President Lincoln wouldn’t like this play

Headline of the Day -100:

At the Liberty Theatre in New York City. Several negroes protested, yelling variously that the film was a libel on the negro race, that it was inappropriate on the anniversary of Lincoln’s assassination, and, indeed, that “I think President Lincoln wouldn’t like this play.”

By the way, in describing the scene at which the eggs were thrown, that article demonstrates that the “spoiler alert” had not been invented yet. Also that the protesters patiently watched the movie for more than two hours before that eminently protest-worthy scene arrived.

Dr. Harry Plotz of Mt. Sinai, who is 24, announces that he has discovered the typhus bacillus and developed a vaccine. So a rather unamusing disease is caused by the rather amusingly named Plotz bacillus.

The Women’s Social and Political Union’s newspaper The Suffragette appears for the first time since the start of the war, mostly, it seems, to carry on Mrs Pankhurst’s campaign against the Hague International Women’s Peace Congress. She says the British delegation won’t be representative because the WSPU won’t be sending anyone, nor will the moderate National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies (which is seriously split over the war). The Suffragette notes that Russia has no peace movement at all, not even a women’s peace group: “The Russian women know that the very idea that we want peace heartens the German, prolongs the war, and causes more death and destruction.”

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