Friday, June 24, 2022

Today -100: June 24, 1922: Of shaking hands with murder, lynchings, and governments of savages

The widow of the assassinated MP Sir Henry Wilson tries to ban Cabinet members from his funeral, because... he opposed the government’s Irish policy, evidently telling Lloyd George after the latter began negotiations with Sinn Féin that “You have shaken hands with murder,” and somehow that lead to his death? ... but she is browbeaten into allowing them after she’s told it would be disrespectful to the king. They’re coercing her a day after she saw her husband killed but they’re talking about respect.

The IRA denies responsibility for the assassination, saying we’d certainly admit it if we’d done it, hell we wouldn’t shut up about it, have you met us? So does Éamon de Valera, who doesn’t seem exactly upset by it.

Although the two assassins were captured, Scotland Yard is rounding up the usual suspects, as is the usual custom.

Warren Lewis, an 18-year-old black man, is lynched in New Dacus, Texas.

The American Federation of Labor re-elects Samuel Gompers as president. He is immediately challenged by members who want the AFL to support recognition of Russia or, as Gompers puts it, “this government of savages.”

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