Thursday, September 06, 2018

Today -100: September 6, 1918: Of roundups, dead Romanovs, pacifists, Zionists, and daddies

Some senators are pissed at the “slacker roundups,” pointing out that fewer than 1% of those arrested were actual draft dodgers. They’re asking who is responsible for soldiers and sailors being used to seize Americans off the streets of American cities.

Headline of the Day -100:

It’s on page 13, which is what you do when you don’t really believe the rumor but you’re printing it anyway because what the hell.

An Italian military court sentences Giovanni Fassina, a Socialist member of the Milan City Council who refused to be drafted, to be shot – in the back, which is just, like, sarcastic. It sounds like he’s in Switzerland and was tried in absentia.

Pres. Wilson sends a Rosh Hashanah greeting to Rabbi Stephen Wise praising Chaim Weizmann’s Zionist commission. The Rabbis’ National Committee of New York protests, saying Zionism poses a religious and political problem for Jews and would lead to divided allegiances for American Jews.

Now playing: John Hobble’s play “Daddies” at the Belasco Theatre. The NYT reviewer says “The sentimental comedy of the war orphan has arrived.” Evidently it’s sort of a Three Men and a Baby thing about a club of anti-marriage bachelors who find themselves in charge of war orphans through various hilarious mixups, and one of the orphans is twins and one is a 17-year-old French girl one of them eventually marries, I guess? And one agrees to marry, sight unseen, the French mother of the baby he’s been caring for. Sounds kind of terrible, but it will run and run and be made into a movie in 1924.

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