Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Today -100: October 29, 1919: Of semi-sitting positions, prohibition, lynchings, women on benches, and pussyfoot candidates

The latest White House bulletin announces that Pres. Wilson now takes his meals in a semi-sitting position. And the nation rejoices.

The Senate also overrides Wilson’s veto of the Wartime National Prohibition Enforcement Bill, 65-20. So the US will be dry until the ratification of the peace treaty, and then dry again once the 18th Amendment kicks in, if it hasn’t already.

A lynch mob murders a black man near Monticello, Georgia. Eugene Hamilton had been tried and convicted for shooting a white man.

Elections in Fiume for the local council are won by supporters of annexation of Fiume by Italy, if only because no one else was allowed to run and because the bridge to the Croatian quarter was closed.

Headline That’s More Interesting Than It Sounds of the Day -100: 

Jean Hortense Norris, the first woman magistrate in New York City, in the Women’s Day Court. She will eventually be removed for various forms of corruption and misconduct, including appearing in ads for Fleischmann’s Yeast in her judicial robes.

Headline of the Day -100:  

British slang for prohibitionist, named for the stealth prohibitionist campaign of a visiting organizer from the US’s Anti-Saloon League.

Lord Rothermere suggests selling Britain’s colonies in the West Indies to the US to pay off some of the war debt. West Indians are not amused.

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