Friday, March 13, 2020

Today -100: March 13, 1920: Of kapps, coercing Turks, bachelor taxes, dry killings, and thrilling jewel robberies

German War Minister Gustav Noske orders the arrests of Capt. Waldemar Pabst (whose name the NYT has wrong) and bureaucrat Wolfgang Kapp of the Deutsche Vaterlandspartei for attempting a reactionary putsch, using the arrest order for Prince Joachim Albrecht for getting into a fight with French officers at the Hotel Adlon as a pretext. Well, it’s more about orders to demobilize the Freikorps, but close enough.

With the Allies thinking about how to force Turkey to stop killing Armenians (or Christians, as the AP chooses to identify them), US Sen. Lawrence Sherman (R-Illinois) introduces a resolution to end Turkish rule “over Christians everywhere”) and prevent the Young Turks returning to power, Greece generously

Gen. Álvaro Obregón, running for president in Mexico, offers a campaign promise not to start a revolution if he loses.

The French Parliament is working on a tax bill which will include a 10% tax on the incomes of bachelors. They’re really serious about having enough cannon fodder for the next war.

Stewart McMullin, the Internal Revenue prohibition enforcer who shot cabby Henry Carlton in the first enforcement death of the Prohibition era, will be prosecuted. Witnesses refute his story that he acted in self-defense, say that Carlton had in fact surrendered and that the dry agents failed to identify themselves, so Carlton probably thought he was being ripped off. Which may well have been what was actually going on. Also, the knife McMullin claimed Carlton brandished cannot be found.  Carlton was shot in the back of the head at close range, as was the custom.

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Sadly, no Alexander Woollcott review.

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