Friday, July 14, 2017

Today -100: July 14, 1917: May I not respectfully urge the great danger of citizens taking the laws into their own hands


The German Reichstag is on strike. And the NYT front page is peddling rumors that Kaiser Wilhelm has abdicated.

Woodrow Wilson complains about the Bisbee Deportation, cabling the governor of Arizona, “may I not respectfully urge the great danger of citizens taking the laws into their own hands”. He thinks the kidnapping of 1,200 people creates “a very serious responsibility”. The governor of New Mexico, where the men were dumped, is trying to pass the whole thing to the feds, who are currently feeding the deportees. New Mexico has put them under arrest, as one does with kidnapping victims, I guess.

Finland’s Diet declares virtual independence (everything but foreign policy). Russia would prefer that this be negotiated.

Patent medicine manufactures win a court case against the NYC Health Department requirement that they tell the department the ingredients of their alleged medicines.

The US plans to add 1,152,985 soldiers to the Army over the first year of the war. The War Office has drawn up quotas for each state, about which there will be much bitching.


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