Saturday, March 21, 2020

Today -100: March 21, 1920: Of new berries, general strikes, straddling chairs, and bolshy monkeys

Sen. Truman Handy Newberry (R-Michigan), a former secretary of the Navy, is convicted, along with 16 co-defendants, including his brother and his campaign manager, of screwing with the election process in 1918. The senator is sentenced to 2 years and a $10,000 fine. He says he plans to appeal and to continue senatoring.

The general strike that helped defeat the Kapp Putsch is still on, even though Kapp is gone. Strike leaders have a few demands, including democratization of the bureaucracy, an entirely Socialist cabinet, punishment for those who led or supported the putsch, and the firing of War Minister Gustav Noske, who oversaw the bloody suppression of the Spartacists last year.

The AP reports that the events of the last week have made former kaiser Willy nervous and sleepless, and he’s taken to day-drinking and “his nervous habit of straddling chairs has increased.”

Headline of the Day -100: 

The circus arrives in New York. Elephants! Clowns! Freaks! (When did Barnum & Bailey stop having “freaks,” I wonder?) But what I found of etymological interest in this article is an uncooperative monkey being referred to with the adjective “bolshy.”

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