Monday, May 03, 2021

Today -100: May 3, 1921: Of war machines, primaries, immigration, and silver

Headline of the Day -100:  

For the occupation of the Ruhr, 130,000 men are being called up.

The conviction of Senator (and former navy secretary) Truman Handy Newberry (R-Michigan) for election irregularities in his primary battle with Henry Ford, is reversed by the Supreme Court, which rules that Congress can’t regulate primaries, which are “in no sense election for an office.” Senators are talking about writing a constitutional amendment to give Congress that power. Newberry crows that his associates have been “vindicated,” which is plainly not what happened, and the Senate is still investigating the general election, which it does have the power to regulate.

The US federal government is making a major push to round up WW I draft dodgers.

The immigration restriction bill is held up by an amendment by Sen. Hiram Johnson (R-CA) to exempt victims of religious or political persecution. An amendment to stop all immigration for 2 years loses 47-19.

“Justice” in Ireland is nothing if not swift. Patrick Casey is executed by firing squad not 24 hours after he participated in an attack on Crown forces in Mitchellstown, County Cork, shooting at an officer.

Russia will resume coining silver coins to assuage peasants, who were refusing to accept the paper money being churned out with nothing to buy with it. Peasants are funny that way.

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