Friday, October 16, 2020

Today -100: October 16, 1920: Of indiscriminate killing, bomb warfare, souls, and waffles

Navy Secretary Josephus Daniels says he was completely unaware of the letter Gen. Barnett sent him a year ago about killings by marines in Haiti. Probably lost in the mail or something. And he’s pretty sure that Barnett “never meant to convey what these words [indiscriminate killing] have been interpreted to mean.” Oh, so the other kind of indiscriminate killing.

Headline of the Day -100: 

A couple of bombs are thrown at the Hotel Cazor in Milan, where British delegates to a League of Nations conference are staying. No deaths. And Italian nationalists in Trieste throw bombs into the Socialist newspaper Lavoratore and set it on fire. There are also local general strikes in various places. Italy is mess.

That article contains the first reference I’ve seen – although I haven’t read all the recent Italian stories – to Fascisti. The Associated Press seems to think that’s someone’s name.

Grigory Zinoviev, chairman of the Third Internationale, who is visiting the Independent Socialist Party convention in Halle, Germany, suggests they join the Internationale and create a German and world revolution. 

The German Foreign Ministry claims the actual revolt is one supposedly going on now in Moscow.

Dr. Duncan MacDougall, known for his experiments weighing dying people to determine the weight of the human soul because science, has died, and is now presumably 6 to 8 ounces lighter.

Priv. Paul Francis Jones of the US Marines wins what is touted as the US army-marines waffle eating championship. He sucks up 26½ waffles in 30 minutes. These days Americans are much better at the rapid ingestion of waffles, as they are in all speed-eating contests, with a Patrick Bertoletti setting a record in 2007 of 29 waffles in 10 minutes, just one of his many disgusting records.

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