Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Today -100: July 7, 1915: Goodbye, bomby shooty anti-war guy, we hardly knew ye

Frank Holt/Erich Muenter commits suicide by jumping from the top of a cell door head-first onto concrete. The guard who was supposed to be watching him (and maybe keeping that door closed) because he’d already tried to kill himself once, trying to slit his writs with the metal part of a pencil, claims it’s not his fault because he totally heard an explosion, proving that Holt’s head injuries must have come from detonating one of his fulminate of mercury caps which had eluded detection for several days, between his teeth. Anyway, Holt had been getting crazier and crazier under the third degree, but the precipitating factor in his suicide was that his identity as the Harvard poisoner was on the verge of being conclusively proved.

The cops have found some but not all of the rather large quantity of dynamite Holt/Muenter had purchased. Some of it may be heard from soon.

Headline of the Day -100: 

Fog of War (Rumors, Propaganda and Just Plain Bullshit) of the Day -100: The Novoe Vremya newspaper says Germans burned a large number of wounded Russian soldiers, along with their medical personnel. German planes are said to have dropped leaflets explaining that they did it to prevent the spread of infection, and to teach the Russians not to leave their sick and wounded behind.

Similarly, Austrian planes are dropping propaganda leaflets on the Italians, which I guess is an innovation of this war.

Dr. Isadore Kitsee says the German embassy has gotten hold of a code system for use in circumventing US censorship of wireless messages.

Former Mexican Dictator Huerta refuses to give bond unless the US promises not to keep watch on him to prevent him going over the border like Orozco.

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