Friday, July 28, 2017

Today -100: July 28, 1917: Of governors, shrinks, and conscripting foreigners

Texas Gov. James Ferguson is indicted, along with other state officials, for misappropriation of public funds and embezzlement. Immediately after being arrested, he announces his re-election campaign.

Dr. Mortimer Raynor, a psychiatrist employed by the NY Department of Corrections at Welfare Island penitentiary, has joined the Army and will test soldiers for courage to determine which ones should be sent to the front and which ones really shouldn’t.

The Senate is working on a bill to conscript non-citizen immigrants from friendly countries.  But not those who can’t legally become US citizens, i.e. Chinese and Japanese, and not those from countries without conscription (Canada, Australia). This would all require the consent on those countries.

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  1. I hope you're going to follow up on the James Ferguson story. His political career was, as of course you know,taken over by his wife, the great Miriam A "Ma" Ferguson.

  2. I mentioned that when the first steps were taken on the road toward impeachment. There will be more, although Texas politics don't particularly interest the NYT.