For those of you who are curious, there will be no historical remembrances of Veterans Day in this edition of Headlines in History, namely because the holiday was not invented for another six years, then titled Armistice Day. Our current holiday falls on November 11 to commemorate the end of the Great War, or WWI, as it became known after we decided that one great war wasn’t enough. It is also important to note that it is Veterans Day, not Veteran’s Day. It is a day for veterans, not a day which veterans possess. So, watch out for irrational demands from men and women in uniform and direct them to the kind-hearted businesses offering thanks in the form of tasty food.
The Logan Republican (Logan, UT):
In 1913, blackmailing was all the rage. Groups like the Black Hand (not to be confused with the Serbian nationalist group) extorted money from people in all walks of life. In this case, a member of the esteemed Pinkerton guards was shot as he attempted to bring the blood money. Perhaps the extortioner was none too happy as to how the Pinkertons handled the strike at Homestead.
The Washington Herald
Though nowhere near the devastation of the typhoon that struck the Philippines this past week, in 1913 a massive storm shut down large swaths of the United States. However, though there were many dead and even more stranded and starving, the focus of the paper was that the “trains [were] twelve hours late”. Glad your priorities are straight, America.
The Daily Ardmoreite (Ardmore, OK):
Ardmore had a tough decision to make. Should they use this “movie” technology to advertise their city? As an East Coaster, I assume the conservative Oklahomans voted “nay”, as I have never heard of this city of 24,000, which “began with a plowed ditch for a Main Street”. But, who knows, maybe I’ll visit now. You win, Ardmore.
From what I can gather, this is one of the first attempts to limit smoking in America. Ever progressive New Jersey sought to ban smoking in streetcars, not out of health concerns, but that the butts of cigarettes and cigars were presumably littering the cars with stinky rubbish. A step in the right direction, some of you nod, while others shake your fist at that darn government taking away your liberties.
The Richmond Climax (KY):
There is no paper that has, simultaneously, the worst name and the worst news stories. Sorry, did I say the worst?
I meant the best!
(Take note of the second story, the most inappropriate article I have yet seen a paper.)