Monday, June 06, 2022

Today -100: June 6, 1922: Of trusts, motor automatism, bigamy, acid attacks, and presidential candidate assembly lines

The Supreme Court rules that unions can be sued under the Sherman Anti-Trust Act for striking, which is definitely not how the act was intended to be used, and strike funds can be assessed for damages. However in this particular case the Court rules in favor of the union, deciding that the national UMW was not responsible for a 1914 coal miners’ strike, the local branch was, and it didn’t interfere with interstate commerce. Chief Justice Taft expresses “regret” that the Court can’t punish the union.

In more important rulings, the Supreme Court refuses to define what constitutes a ouija board. The Baltimore Talking Board Company objects to its ouija boards being taxed as sporting goods, when they are obviously “a grade of motor automatism, involving considerable subconscious action of intelligence” and so... a children’s toy. The Court won’t consider the company’s appeal from a lower court. Also, why does spellcheck want me to capitalize ouija?

The British shell Pettigoe, a town in the Irish Free State on the border with Northern Ireland which an IRA unit had occupied, and Michael Collins is not best pleased.

The bigamy charge against Rudolph Valentino is thrown out.

Former German chancellor Philipp Scheidemann (SPD) is attacked with prussic acid whilst on vacation. Herr S. shoots at his assailant a couple of times (missing) before losing consciousness, but seems to be mostly unharmed.

Henry Ford has said (privately) that he’d be willing to be drafted to run for president, if he didn’t have to spend any of his own money.

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