Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Today -100: November 20, 1918: Of innocents abroad, starving emperors, demobilization, and civil liberties

Pres. Wilson seems to now plan to be in Europe longer than the two weeks that was first suggested. He says he can do all his presidenting from abroad, sending vetoes by cable and getting the texts of bills by courier via trans-Atlantic dispatch boat, which is like the world’s most expensive pdf. There isn’t much experience of a president being out of the country for an extended period; Roosevelt was the first to leave the country at all during his term of office. They’re saying there’s no need to delegate any of his powers to Vice President Whatsisname. Congress has agreed to delay finalizing legislation until he gets back.

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They’ve had to lay off most of the servants at their castle. How does this not make you weep bitter tears, you monsters?

Joseph F. Smith, president of the Mormon church, dies at 80. He was the nephew of the original Joseph Smith. He also served in the Utah territorial and state legislatures, was president of the failed state constitutional convention of 1882 and president of Brigham Young University. He leaves behind 5 wives (not counting his first wife, who was his under-aged cousin and divorced him) and 32 living children (13 others are already dead).

German demobilization/evacuation is going... well, it’s going. Soldiers in Belgium are selling their weapons to Belgian civilians, including machine guns and the occasional airplane.

The Justice Dept warns not to contribute to “so-called ‘civil liberties’” organizations like the National Civil Liberties Bureau because it might be used by other, anti-war groups. The NCLB denies this and also charges, in a letter to the War Dept, that conscientious objectors in the military prison at Fort Leavenworth are being mistreated. The War Dept, lying, denies this.

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