Thursday, October 29, 2020

Today -100: October 29, 1920: Of zinc, wild birds, coffin fights, regents, and perverted minds

Harding calls for tariffs on zinc, in case you thought he didn’t have any concrete policies.

Also birds. He’d protect wild birds, he tells the Audubon Society.

FDR sues John Rathom, editor of the Providence Journal, and a couple of RNC publicity bureau officials to the tune of $500,000 for libel for saying he intervened in favor of sailors convicted of “unnatural crimes” when he was assistant secretary of the Navy. The Justice Dept is trying to discredit Rathom by releasing a letter he wrote in 1918 which they characterize as a “confession,” given in order to avoid testifying before a grand jury, about the many claims he made during the war to have thwarted German sabotage plots (which he did by publishing every piece of bullshit that British Intelligence handed him).

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The police seize it to make sure it goes from England straight to Cork and not through Dublin. Before that, a requiem mass is held at St George’s Cathedral, Southwark, where the coffin is guarded by men in Irish Volunteer uniforms. There’s a procession, observed by many police.

The Greek parliament chooses Admiral Coundouriotis, the Minister of Marine, as regent for the vacant throne.

Cox really is very pleased with the “wiggling and wabbling” thing about Harding, judging from the number of times he’s repeated it.

Sylvia Pankhurst is sentenced to 6 months for printing seditious articles. She says she will go on preaching revolution. The judge says her ideas are those of a perverted mind (curiously, Lenin will say something similar next month). She’s considering hunger striking, but thinks that weapon has been destroyed, since the government is just letting Irish hunger-strikers die.

Der Golem, directed by and starring Paul Wegener as the golem, premieres. An early monster movie, not great in terms of plot but really interesting visually. Make sure you’re watching a tinted version.

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