Saturday, November 03, 2018

Today -100: November 3, 1918: Of ruling peasants, abdications, indorsed women, subway wrecks, and insurance

Headline / Fake News of the Day -100:

Boris III has not in fact abdicated and peasants do not in fact rule Bulgaria. The NYT also thinks that Aleksandar Stamboliyski, a political prisoner until last month, is now prime minister. Wait a year.

There’s a lot of talk about Kaiser Wilhelm abdicating: some say he’s already decided to do it but is waiting for a good time to announce it, some that he’s stubbornly holding on for dear life, or he’ll abdicate in favor of his kid, or there’ll be a republic, etc etc. The Bavarian prime minister announces that if Willy does abdicate, the Bavarian royal family intends to claim the imperial throne (actually, Ludwig III will be out on his ass before the week is out, even before Wilhelm).

The New York gubernatorial race looks like being a squeaker. Both sides believe the women, voting in a state election for the first time, will swing it, but neither side has any uncertainty about which way.

Headline of the Day -100:  

Roosevelt endorses Sadie Kost to represent the Bronx in Congress. She will lose. Badly.

Supposedly, Norwegian life insurance companies were recently asked to underwrite a large policy on Austrian Emperor Charles, but they refused.

William Howard Taft, Master Prognosticator, says Germany will surrender within 6 months.

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