Saturday, June 18, 2016

Today -100: June 18, 1916: Of trails of blood, bananas, pirates of public opinion, follies, and the hidden crimes of society

Mexico demands that the latest bunch of US troops to cross the border be withdrawn or they will be attacked. The soldiers are pursuing the bandits I mentioned 2 days ago. “A trail of blood followed last night by the cavalry led to the body of a Mexican peon. His only possessions were two bullet holes, a rifle, and some ammunition.”

Headline of the Day -100:

We’ve all been there.

The Maine Progressive Party dissolves and its candidates step down, a week ahead of primaries.

Headline of the Day -100:  

Wolfgang Kapp (you may know him from the Kapp Putsch of 1920), who German Chancellor Bethmann-Hollweg called one of the “pirates of public opinion” in the Reichstag because of a pamphlet he wrote attacking the chancellor, tried to challenge him to a duel, but B-H said he was too busy, what with the war and everything.

Now playing on Broadway: Marion Davies in the Ziefeld Follies.

Kings County (Brooklyn) District Attorney Harry Lewis gets summonses issued for the president of Universal Film Exchange and for the manager of the Rialto Theatre because he objects to “Where Are My Children?”, a Tyrone Power Sr. movie about a district attorney whose crusade against abortion finds connections to it in... his... own... house! Lewis says “I am bitterly opposed to both plays and films that portray the sex relations and also exhibit the hidden crimes of society for the curious mind of the young.” 

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