Thursday, August 13, 2020

Today -100: August 13, 1920: In a year, all Europe will be Bolshevist

Charles Popnzi is arrested for using the mails to defraud, after failing to provide evidence that he had the $4 million in assets he claims he has. The federal auditor calls him “hopelessly insolvent,” which is the worst kind of insolvent. Letters from investors are still coming in, but the estimate is that 40,000 of them gave Ponzi between $15 and 20 million. The Post Office says he never dealt in those international reply coupons.

Reportedly, Russia’s peace terms for Poland include a clause that Poland’s workers be armed. I’m guessing they don’t really. France advises Poland not to accept the peace terms, Britain advises the opposite.

Franklin Roosevelt says Poland could have been saved if only the US had joined the League of Nations, the “moral force” scaring off the Russians without a single soldier needing to be sent.

Headline of the Day -100: 

Russian War Minister Leon Trotsky predicts “In a year, all Europe will be Bolshevist.”

Speaking of poles, six members of Roald Amundsen’s ill-fated North Pole expedition quit, leaving him with too few crew to continue. He may hire Eskimoes.

Greek Prime Minister Eleftherios Venizelos is shot at the Gare de Lyon train station in Paris by two royalist Greek ex-soldiers who aren’t very good shots, missing him 6 times but hitting him in the left shoulder and right thigh.

Warren G. Harding favors tariffs to protect California lemons against cheap Sicilian lemons.

The Sinn Féin Lord Mayor of Cork, Terence MacSwiney, and ten associates are arrested by British soldiers. The previous lord mayor was killed by a British death squad a few months ago.

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