Monday, January 29, 2018

Today -100: January 29, 1918: Of civil wars, not ladylike but strong telegrams, unlikely Bolsheviks, and bread

The full-scale civil war everyone knew was coming in Finland has arrived, with Russians aiding the Red side. The Finnish ambassador complains and is told that Russia, “true to its principles, is in duty bound to support the proletariat in Finland in its battle against the Finnish Bourgeoisie.” Well, when you put it that way...

The New York State Association Opposed to Woman Suffrage meets and agrees to push for a new referendum in NY to rescind women’s suffrage. The NYSAOWS president, Mrs. (Alice) James Walcott Wadsworth, is not present, but its secretary suggests that a good candidate for governor would be Sen. James Walcott Wadsworth. Speakers are worried by the prospect of immigrant women voting. Henry Wise Wood says that when Bolshevism fails in Russia and autocracy returns, all the Bolsheviks will flee to the US, and vote. The meeting resolves to send telegrams – “not ladylike, but strong” – to members of the Legislature to defeat the federal amendment.

Doubtful Headline of the Day -100: 

That’s Edward Ross, professor of sociology at U Wisc-Madison, who’s been touring Russia and says the revolution is swell. Ross is a famous opponent of Chinese immigration (for which view he was forced to resign from Stanford), a eugenicist and, somehow, a future head of the ACLU.

Bread rationing is introduced in Paris.

We’re all picturing a Parisian on a bicycle with a beret and a Gauloise carrying HALF a baguette, right?

Thought so.

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