Thursday, April 22, 2021

Today -100: April 22, 1921: The nincompoops are out

Harding refuses a German request that he mediate the reparations issue.

Germany refuses to transfer Reichsbank gold reserves to branches in Allied-occupied cities.

Col. George Harvey closes down his Harvey’s Weekly as he takes up his new post as ambassador to Britain. In the last issue, he declares victory: “So: the war is won; the League is dead; autocracy is no more; the nincompoops are out.” Obviously a natural diplomat.

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Russian War Minister Leon Trotsky supposedly tells military school students that he’s considering a war of revenge against Poland.

Leaders of the Dadaist art movement are on trial in Berlin for insulting the army. In an exhibit last year there was a stuffed effigy in an army officer suit with a pig mask. The label said it could best be appreciated if one spent 15 minutes on a parade ground in full kit.

The lower house of the Michigan Legislature passes a general libel bill aimed at Henry Ford’s anti-Semitic Dearborn Independent. A “general libel” is one which impeaches the honesty, integrity, virtue, reputation or patriotism of any religion or sect. There’s already a similar Detroit city ordinance, under which a seller of the paper has been arrested.

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