Saturday, June 09, 2018

Today -100: June 9, 1918: Of sinister influences, stateless people, Czechs, letters home, ACD and ghosts, and bombardments

Rep. Clarence Miller (R-Minnesota) denounces the Non-Partisan League and its candidate for governor of Minnesota, former congresscritter Charles Lindbergh. He says the League is a “sinister influence,” run by socialists and anarchists and pro-Germans (by which he means people opposed to the war).

Vienna’s Jewish community protests the peace treaty with Romania allowing it to refuse to naturalize Jewish residents, thus creating a new category of “stateless” persons.

Britain recognizes the “Czechoslovak National Council” as a provisional government for the (non-existent) Czech state. France, Italy and Russia had already done this.

The War Department issues an order to soldiers to write to their mothers.

The Sunday NYT Book Review reviews Arthur Conan Doyle’s The New Revelation, his declaration that spiritualism is totally real and even scientific.

Headline of the Day -100:

Frank Wedekind died in March, but the news has just reached the US. The German playwright wrote Spring Awakening (1906) and Pandora’s Box (1904), which was filmed under the same name by G.W. Pabst with Louise Brooks in 1929.

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