Thursday, June 09, 2022

Today -100: June 9, 1922: Of looting, cannibalism, fake counts, and entire approval

After stripping the treasures from many churches, the Russian government is raiding the tombs of emperors – except Peter the Great, who’s still pretty popular. Jewelry is stripped from the corpses of Catherine the Great and others.

The son of former Colorado Gov. Shafroth, doing relief work in Russia, claims Russians are digging up cemeteries and chowing down. No one’s eaten Catherine the Great yet, though.

The widow of Prince Joachim of Prussia – the former kaiser Wilhelm’s son who committed suicide in 1920 – nearly becomes engaged to Count Demuth-Stroemer. Who turns out not to be a real count and is under arrest as a con artist who also passed fake checks and deserted from the army.

Pres. Harding writes to the Senate giving his “entire approval” to Interior Secretary Albert Fall and Navy Secretary Edwin Denby’s leasing to private companies of the naval oil reserves in Elk Hills, CA and Teapot Dome, Wyoming.

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