Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Today -100: April 28, 1921: Of reparations, whipping posts, and queens of Sheba

The Reparation Commission fixes a figure of 132 billion gold marks, which is the equivalent of some money, for Germany to pay. This doesn’t include other obligations, such as paying Belgium the total of loans it took out during the war.

NY Supreme Court Justice Lewis Fawcett, at the trial of a stick-up man, says shorter sentences should be replaced by the whipping post.

Italian troops restore order in Fiume.

Fascists burn the “palatial” Chamber of Labor in Turin, with people still inside, though they are saved by firemen. In response, a general strike breaks out.

A Fox Studio ad on the amusements page talks about the controversy over the alleged threat of imported German films which some film companies have ginned up:

You see, “No picture in any country – Germany, France, England, America, Italy, Zanzibar or Hindustan – has ever been produced which we believe is the equal of ‘The Queen of Sheba.’” Which coincidentally was just released by Fox. This lost film starred Betty Blythe (after Theda Bara dropped out). Topless in some scenes, but only in the European release.

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