Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Today -100: February 14, 1917: Of submarine grips, conchies, impertinence, psychiatrists, and field marshals

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I just can’t keep up with all these early-20th-century sex terms.

A by-election is held in Rossendale in the north of England. The Liberal Party candidate Sir John Henry Maden, a cotton baron who represented the constituency in Parliament once before, beats Albert Taylor, an independent who runs the Slipper Operatives Union when he’s not in prison as a conscientious objector, which is where he is now. The vote was 6,019 to 1,804.

The NYT finds Carranza’s note to the neutral nations suggesting an embargo of food and munitions exports to the European belligerents “impertinent” and poor repayment for the great favor the US just did Mexico of removing Pershing’s soldiers from its soil. The Times says it would like to see the “German original” of Carranza’s note, which it sees as “fresh and convincing evidence of active and persistent German intrigue in Mexico.”

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Imagine, a psychiatrist in New York! Actually, Dr. Mortimer Raynor has just been hired to shrink heads in the city’s various penal institutions.

Germany reportedly drafts all the officials of trade unions and socialist organizations who were previously exempt.

Kaiser Wilhelm meets new Austrian Kaiser Karl and makes him a field marshal in the German Army, which sounds like an alpha-male power game to me.

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