Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Today -100: April 28, 1920: Of examples of independent manhood and practically eliminated candidates


Alongside the overalls movement to protest the high cost of clothing is the old-clothes movement, which finds an adherent in Louisiana Governor-Elect John Parker, who boasts of having bought only one pair of shoes in the last three years. He says “The man who has the moral courage to wear old clothes these days is setting an example of independent manhood to the whole world.”

A story that Warren G. Harding is leading in the incomplete results from the primary in his home state of Ohio sits on the front page next to one saying Harding is practically eliminated from the race after doing poorly in the primary, losing the big cities to Gen. Wood, in part thanks to Democrats voting in the Republican primary since the state’s Gov. James Middleton Cox was a shoo-in on the D side.

In Indiana, a William Ray, a black man, is tried, convicted and sentenced to death in a single day for killing a 14-year-old white girl. The state will get to try out its brand-new electric chair.

In Bristol, England, thousands of unemployed veterans riot against the continued employment of women on trams. The mob also enter random offices and banks and order the firing of women in favor of vets on 8 days’ notice.

San Francisco tells members of the new teachers’ and firemen’s unions to quit them or be fired.

The president of Chatham Episcopal Institute, a girl’s boarding school in Virginia still around as Chatham Hall, bars a lecture on Harriet Beecher Stowe, so the (Northern-educated) faculty resigns en masse.


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