Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Today -100: January 27, 1921: Of reparations, lynchings, home duties, and castles

France suggests that German reparations should be 200 billion marks gold, which is the equivalent of some money, plus interest, which would double that amount. Lloyd George is sceptical that Germany could pay this.

A lynch mob drives 100 miles in six cars to grab a black man, Henry Lowery, who was being brought in by train from Texas, where he had fled after killing two people while drunk. The mob takes them from deputies in Sardis, Mississippi, where they had arrived early, “made no secret of their intentions and calmly waited at the hotel.” They then drive Lowery back to Nodena, Arkansas, and ask him if he has anything to say. He says he’s hungry, so they give him a “hearty meal” (details not provided), and burn him at the stake, which takes 40 minutes. “Repeatedly he was turned over and more oil poured on the flames to hasten the burning.” Gov. Thomas McRae calls the lynching the most disreputable act ever committed in Arkansas. He wants any cop who didn’t prevent it fired.

Anna Lee Worley (D) is elected to the Tennessee State Senate. The first woman in the state Legislature, Worley is filling the vacancy left by the death earlier this month of her husband, James Parks Worley. He was an anti-suffragist who claimed to represent the women who “were at home tending to their home duties.” In March, she will successfully sponsor a bill to allow women to hold public office. Suck it, dead husband!

Headline of the Day -100:  

Fantasy author, poet and playwright Lord Dunsany is arrested after ammunition is found in Dunsany Castle in a search under martial law, then released when it is found to be obsolete ammunition.

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