Monday, June 13, 2022

Today -100: June 13, 1922: We reserve the right to begin again

At the Moscow show trial of the Social Revolutionary leaders, Timefieff, speaking for the defendants, says they did indeed carry on armed resistance in 1918, but stopped after Kolchak’s defeat. “Even now, however, we reserve the right to begin again.”

Darrell Figgis, a pro-Treaty member of Ireland’s Constitution Committee and noted ginger, is attacked in his home by 3 men, presumably from the IRA, and forcibly shaved. Traumatized by the event, which she had not unreasonably assumed to be an assassination, his wife Millie committed suicide in 1924 (with a pistol given to her by Michael Collins after this incident) and he followed in 1925. Although Figgis says he would recognize the men, it was only in the 1950s that Robert Briscoe, Lord Mayor of Dublin, confessed to being one of the rogue shavers. 

Wolfgang Kapp of the 1920 Kapp Putsch dies before he can be tried.

The bidding war for the world-wide rights (excluding the German-language version) of former kaiser Wilhelm’s memoirs is won by a consortium that includes Harper & Brothers, the NY Times, the LA Times, the London Sunday Times, etc etc for more than it can possibly be worth.

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