‘Peaches in Violet Essence’: 600 U.S. Dollars!

  • In South Africa, Justice Malcolm Searle ruled that only Christian marriages were legal under the nation’s laws, effectively invalidating the marital status of most of the British Indian residents
  • U.S. President Woodrow Wilson assembled about 100 reporters in his office and began the practice of holding a
    Cadets from West Point march in the inaugural ...

    Cadets from West Point march in the inaugural parade for President of the United States Woodrow Wilson, 1913. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

    regular “presidential press conference”.

  • A crowd of 120,000 demonstrators turned out at Le Pré-Saint-Gervais, near Paris, to protest a recent decision by French Army officials to require three years of military service.

It has been a bit of a slow news period recently, with the First Balkans War winding down, and the various factions of the Mexican Revolution maneuvering into position and gathering their forces.  The large demonstrations against the move of the French military to rob youth of one more of the best years of their lives is the most interesting item in the news currently.  The “royalist” counter-demonstration reported in the New York Times  is likely connected with the ultra-rightist and proto-fascistic  Action Française, the transitional political form taken by 19th century French monarchists in their eventual transformation into fascists and Nazi collaborators in the Vichy regime.

Note also the sumptuous Parisian-Russian feast as also reported by the NYT, each course lovingly described with price tag estimated in U.S. dollars.  Washed down with a report on a cooks’ strike in London.  All in accompaniment with the usual breathless reportage of every word of wisdom that might tumble from the mouth of the random bourgeois, as with A. B. Leach, the New York banker who is said to believe that “End of Balkan War will Start Era of Prosperity”!  For munitions manufacturers, certainly.

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