Sunday, October 21, 2018

Today -100: October 21, 1918: Of campaigns, pepto-mangan, and tramp-soldiers

Alfred E. Smith begins campaigning for governor of New York, because 16 days of campaigning is plenty. He favors permitting municipal control of utilities and establishing minimum wages for women and child workers. He sports a letter of support from Assistant Secretary of the Navy Franklin Roosevelt.

The NYC Health Dept will send out sanitary police to force landlords to turn on the heat to fight the Spanish Flu.  The dean of Fordham U. Medical School, Dr. Joseph Byrne, says that as far as disease goes, crowded subways are just like the Black Hole of Calcutta, and hospitals are pretty bad too. The best thing, he says, is to stay home and treat it with rest, alcohol, simple food, alcohol, mustard plasters, and alcohol.

Now Playing: Chaplin’s war comedy "Shoulder Arms," co-starring his brother Sydney.

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