Friday, May 16, 2008

Blogging In The Years

In honor of Ann Althouse, who's started a cool side project wherein she blogs on topics from various years, I'm doing my part, starting with 1918, taken from a series of newspaper archives (pay-per-view only, alas). First up:

The Sedition Act. Is this what we really want as a country that has proclaimed itself "The Arsenal of Democracy?"
Peoria, Ill., May 8. -- Charles H. Kamann, former school principal and former president of the German-American Alliance here, was this afternoon found guilty of violation of the espionage act. He was sentenced to serve 3 years and was fined $5,000. He was charged with making seditious remarks to children in his history class.
The last time I checked, the Constitution allowed dissent during wartime. Was I wrong?

There's a nasty bug going around these days:
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25.--Spanish influenza has spread over the country so rapidly that officials of the Public Health Service, the War and Navy Departments, and the Red Cross conferred today on measures to help local communities in combating the disease.
Sounds scary. There's even a children's rhyme to go with it:
I had a little bird,
Its name was Enza.
I opened the window,
And in-flu-enza.
But adults have their own rhyme, what with people being asked to wear face masks:
Obey the laws
And wear the gauze
Protect your jaws
From Septic Paws
If the Great War is to be remembered for anything, it will probably be remembered most for this.

Czar Nicholas of Russia may be dead-or is he?
In view of the mystery which still shrouds the tragic death of Nicholas II at Ekaterinenburg -- his murder by the bolsheviki, the alleged consignment of his body to the depths of an abandoned mine or to a hastily dug hole in a remote portion of an adjacent forest, the subsequent exhumation of a corpse said to be his and its temporary entombment in a sarcophagus of the local cathedral with a view to its eventual and ultimate being laid to rest in the mausoleum of the old-time Czars of Russia at Moscow or in that of the emperors since Peter the Great in the fortress of SS. Peter and Paul at Petrograd -- it is only natural that stories should be in circulation to the effect that he is still in the land of the living.
To me there is no doubt that the Czar was indeed the last casualty of the Bolshevik Revolution. I'd sooner believe that his daughter had survived than him.

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