Saturday, May 16, 2015

Today -100: May 16, 1915: Of real republics, generals, and smelly opium

Another revolution in Portugal. Something about restoring a “real republic.” Warships are bombing Lisbon.

King Victor Emmanuel of Italy asks a couple of different people to form a new government. They refuse and he has to beg Antonio Salandra to come back. There’s some confusion about whether Italy has renounced the Triple Alliance with Germany and Austria (it has).

In response to the Lusitania sinking and the subsequent interest of passengers in sailing on non-British ships, the American Line is raising its rates. Among those booking on the over-crowded ship New York are 30 Lusitania survivors. And some bodies of Lusitania non-survivors.

Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels sends marines to guard naval ammunition depots, for reasons which he is not making public. There have been a couple of explosions recently, which I believe are actually the result of German sabotage.

France fires Gen. Albert D’Amade, who was in charge of the French ground forces in the Gallipoli campaign.

Headline of the Day -100:

“You got your opium in my pickled herring!” “You got your pickled herring in my opium!”

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