Sunday, December 15, 2019

Today -100: December 15, 1919: He has no compromise or concession of any kind in mind

Senate Republican leaders have said it’s up to Pres. Wilson to restart the treaty process. The White House responds: “He has no compromise or concession of any kind in mind, but intends, so far as he is concerned, that the Republican leaders of the Senate shall continue to bear the undivided responsibility for the fate of the treaty and the present condition of the world in consequence of that fate.”

Gabriele D’Annunzio signs (will sign? I think) an agreement with Italian Prime Minister Franceso Nitti for D’Annunzio to leave Fiume and Italian troops to take over. Which is all the poet-aviator ever wanted. Evidently the Allies have given in to Italy’s (and the poet-aviator’s) demand to be allowed to annex the city.

There is a strike in Ireland against the introduction of driving licenses. They were brought in because some Sinn Féin attacks have used autos. The move was originally to include truck drivers, but it was pointed out that drive-bys rarely involve lorries, so those drivers were exempted, but their union called a strike anyway.

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