Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Today -100: September 5, 1918: Of censorship, German fear propaganda, places of refuge, and bad headaches and worse grouches

Gen. Pershing evidently got French authorities to suspend the Socialist newspaper L’Heure for some reason.

A couple of Post Office workers, a sailor and a random woman are killed by a bomb presumably planted by member(s) of the IWW in the Chicago Post Office Building where the trial of the Wobbly leaders was held last week. Big Bill Haywood says it must have been “German fear propaganda” because no Wobbly would do such a thing.

The British embassy in Petrograd is attacked by Soviet troops. A British soldier, the alliterative Captain Cromie, is killed, but only after himself shooting down 3 Russian soldiers, according to the story the Brits will be putting out. Embassy staff are arrested on suspicion of plotting with counter-revolutionaries, which they are totally doing. Britain demands satisfaction – satisfaction, I say! – or it will ensure that members of the Soviet government are treated as international outlaws and “no place of refuge shall be left to them.”

Another ship arrives in NY from Europe after a mid-Atlantic outbreak of Spanish Flu. 2 dead, both Italian steerage passengers, 23 other cases, including one non-steerage passenger, a Claude Almyr, Wales of the Locomobile Company of Bridgeport, CT, who says this version of influenza is much worse than other diseases: “It gives its victims a bad headache and a worse grouch.”

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