Sunday, August 26, 2018

Today -100: August 26, 1918: A dog’s death for a dog

The federal District Court in NY rules that the Lusitania was an unarmed merchant ship with absolutely no explosives on board, so Germany’s torpedoing it was a violation of the rules of war and “an inexpressibly cowardly attack.” I don’t know if they actually believed that there were no explosives on board, which was not true and it wasn’t really a secret, but the court uses that finding to throw out the case of survivors against the Cunard Line.

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The Daily Mail (London) quotes an unnamed Russian prince who escaped Russia as saying that Tsarevitch Alexei was executed by Bolsheviks who told him “We killed your father – a dog’s death for a dog.” No explanation for how this alleged prince witnessed that and lived to tell the tale, but this is the first report that Alexei died of something other than “exposure.”

Dr. P. H. Howard of Cincinnati, investigating conditions in France on behalf of the Salvation Army, claims that the Germans crucified a US sergeant. He also rather gleefully describes a fight he saw in which “our boys” “knocked the hell out of” some Germans. “There isn’t enough of that picked Prussian Guard today to make a respectable link sausage for a cannibal”.

The Entente issues a statement in the bit of Russia they’ve invaded, denying Lenin’s branding of them as brigands. Rather, they say, they were invited by the “legitimate Government,” meaning the breakaway White “Government of the North,” with “the complete and unanimous agreement on the part of the population.” And they’re not here to interfere with the internal affairs of Russia, the statement says (after endorsing one self-proclaimed regime while declaring another illegitimate).

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