Friday, April 17, 2020

Today -100: April 17, 1920: Of strikes, stairs, overalls, and shortcuts

The wildcat railroad strike is disintegrating in the face of threats by the owners and lack of assistance from the unions.

17,000 elevator starters and elevator operators go on strike in New York. Many stairs are climbed. So many stairs. The Building Managers and Owners’ Association says if they wanted better pay, they should have chosen harder jobs, like longshoreman or something.

France and Britain will tell Germany that if it establishes a reactionary government opposed to the Versailles Treaty, all food aid will be cut off.

Prince Joachim Albrecht is fined 500 marks, which is the equivalent of some money, for starting that fight in the Hotel Adlon. Two of his confederates, Capt. Baron von Platen and Prince (take a deep breath here) Hohenlohe-Langenburg, are also fined for assault. This is the first time a member of the Hohenzollern dynasty has been charged in a criminal court. “A cordon of soldiers protected the court building from a mob that did not appear.” The prince claimed not to know that the people he attacked for refusing to stand for Deutschland Uber Alles were French.

Headline of the Day -100: 

Switzerland will ban automobile travel on Sundays, except for doctors, from May through September. Sunday strollers were complaining about the dust. People driving through the country, from France to Italy say, will just have to wait at the border.

The Mexican government asked the US to allow it to send troops through US territory to attack Sonora. That was a couple of days ago and the US still hasn’t answered.

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