Monday, April 01, 2019

Today -100: April 1, 1919: Of scaffolds and in-demand pacifiers

Eugene Debs’s latest appeal of his conviction and request for a new trial is turned down by the Supreme Court. He expects Indiana coal miners to strike until he’s released.

At a shiplaunching in Harriman, Pennsylvania, a scaffolding collapses, killing up to 40 people.

British Secretary of War Winston Churchill’s Military Bill passes its Third Reading, with high spending and continued conscription. Churchill says it’s necessary because Germany and Austria are in chaos and will either fall into anarchy or ally with the Russian Bolsheviks against small European states. British generals and soldiers, he says, are more in demand in various countries throughout the world as law-givers and pacifiers than those of any other country.

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