Sunday, March 01, 2020

Today -100: March 1, 1920: Everyone seems to be afraid of everyone

Secretary of the Interior Franklin Lane resigns because he is broke (and possibly for reasons of health). He writes to Wilson about the state of Washington DC: “it is poorly organized for the task that belongs to it. ... Everyone seems to be afraid of everyone. The self-protective sense is developed abnormally, the creative sense atrophies. ... there are too few in the Government whose business it is to plan. Every man is held to details, to the narrower view which comes too often to be the department view or some sort of parochial view.” He thinks helium will be very important in the future. He wants to stop the “drift to the cities,” in part by giving former soldiers farms; “The life of the great city is feverish and wars with that severity of spirit in which calm judgments are come at”.

A sheriff’s posse that invaded Mexico from Arizona looking for two Mexican bandits who killed a man and wounded his brother in Arivaca, AZ after robbing their store, returns after failing to find anyone.

Italy imposes an “iron blockade” of Fiume. Poet-Aviator Gabriele d’Annunzio orders Croats and other “foreigners” who are “pernicious by their presence for the proper defence of the city” deported. Also socialists.

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