Thursday, July 20, 2017

Today -100: July 20, 1917: These misguided extremists don’t mind a little sedition

Headline of the Day -100:

But just in case, the Cabinet is thinking about moving the government to Moscow.

Russia’s minister of justice, named Perverzev if you can believe it, resigns in an argument over whether Lenin is a German agent. The offices of Pravda are raided.

Woodrow Wilson orders the imprisoned suffragist White House picketers released from the workhouse. They’re initially hesitant about accepting the pardon, but it was unconditional, so it doesn’t interfere with their ability to protest in the future. Also, can you actually refuse a pardon? Don’t they just kick you out of prison?

The NYT is its usual dickish self (I use the term advisedly) on the subject: “These misguided extremists don’t mind a little sedition. They gayly defy the law, pose as martyrs. .... Then, the prison one-piece dress is really coarse and unbecoming. One meets such vulgar people in one’s quest of excitement and martyrdom, and corned beef and cabbage is no congenial cate to a dainty stomach.”

The Corfu Declaration is signed by representatives of the Serbian government and various southern Slav nationalities currently subjects of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, to create a new country, the Union of Southern Slavs (Yugoslavia).

Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time.

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