Friday, April 02, 2021

Today -100: April 2, 1921: Of impeachments, kings, national homes, and conciliatory motives

The impeachment vote against Oklahoma Gov. James Robertson in the Legislature fails by a 42-42 vote. One legislator staggers in covered in blood after an ambulance bringing him from home crashed avoiding running over a child. To quote Birdie Coonan, that story’s got everything but the bloodhounds snapping at her rear end.

Former Austro-Hungarian emperor Chuck agrees to leave Hungary. In exchange, all of the Hungarians complicit in his little coup attempt will receive amnesty. He will return to Switzerland through Austria in a train accompanied by Etente troops, with every station through which his train will pass closed and under military guard. I’m not sure about the chronological order of the various dispatches in today’s paper, but a possibly earlier AP piece says Charles would only leave Hungary if he could issue a manifesto saying why he was leaving Hungary. This after Horthy made clear that any attempt to return to Budapest would be met by a military response.

Britain’s decennial census will not be taken in Ireland, for obvious reasons.

In Jerusalem, British Colonial Secretary Winston Churchill tells Muslims that “The establishment of a national home does not mean a Jewish government to dominate the Arabs.” Phew.

Britain appoints Lord Edmund Talbot the new Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, the first Catholic to hold the office since 1687. The Daily Chronicle says the appointment shows an obvious “conciliatory motive,” “and we hope it will be appreciated.” Spoiler Alert: It won’t be. Also, Lord E. happens to be English, not Irish, and is a member of the Conservative and Unionist (Tory) party. Conciliation only goes so far.

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