Saturday, June 06, 2015

Today -100: June 6, 1915: Of astors, headaches, traitor monks, mob rule, and gas

2-year-old John Jacob Astor VI, born four months after his father, John Jacob Astor IV, died on the Titanic, on which he and his much younger wife Madeleine Talmage Force Astor were returning from their honeymoon, requires more to live on than the measly $20,000 a year the Surrogates’ Court is giving his mother out of the income of his $3 million trust, she tells the court. Why, she’s spent much more than that (mostly on their 5th Avenue mansion) out of the goodness of her heart and her own $7+ million inheritance. To be fair, she’ll lose that inheritance in a year when she remarries, because JJ 4’s will was kind of dickish that way.

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So he was unable to finish writing his response to Germany’s response to his Lusitania Note.

The Danish Parliament votes for a new constitution, in which women not only have the franchise but also the right of election to the Parliament.

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While the rest of the country is holding pro-Leo Frank meetings, one held in Atlanta cheers for his impending execution – close enough that Frank can hear them from his cell. The speaker says that giving in to the clamor of the rest of the country would be giving in to “mob rule.”

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We’ve all been there.

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