Thursday, July 09, 2015

Today -100: July 9, 1915: Of minnehahas, reindeer, and curing bad boys

Frank Holt/Erich Muenter strikes again: There’s an explosion at sea on the SS Minnehaha, which is bound for Europe carrying munitions – rather a lot of munitions – although the package with the bomb, which shipped as freight, was placed in a separate hold from the ammunition and so failed to set it off. The Minnehaha brown-trousers it towards Halifax, still ablaze. No further message has been received from the ship, but its owners, International Mercantile Marine, claim not to be worried because there are no passengers whose families would need to be reassured. Presumably the Minnehaha is crewed entirely by orphans like in the Pirates of Penzance. Or maybe robots.

The constable who arrested Muenter is going to try to claim the $1,000 reward offered for his capture in 1906 after he murdered his wife.

Headline of the Day -100:

Medical Breakthrough of the Day -100:

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