Saturday, January 14, 2023

Today -100: January 14, 1923: Of squigginses, coal, memels, and helicopters

Georgia Attorney Gen. Napier will respond to the request of one Abner Squiggins of Massachusetts to redeem his $500 Confederate war bond – plus interest – by sending him $800 in Confederate money. And yes, Abner Squiggins is the most New England name it is possible to have.

France is ostensibly occupying the Ruhr to ensure reparations-in-kind delivery of coal, but Germany is refusing to pay for that coal so long as France occupies its territory. France may pay miners in scrip that stores in the Ruhr will be forced to accept and which Germany will be expected at some point to redeem for real money (or as real as the German mark has been lately).

The German Reichstag votes 283-12 to support the government’s resistance to the French and Belgians. The 12 are Communists.

Lithuanian irregular troops fire on French troops at Memel, an area detached from Germany under the Treaty of Versailles and made its own thing. Lithuania is taking advantage of French preoccupation with the Ruhr to grab and annex Memel.

A helicopter invented by George de Bothezaal flies at the Army Air Service base at McCook Field, Ohio, rising 6 feet from the ground and staying aloft for 1 minute, 40 seconds.

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