Bluestocking Journal

Real history, through the eyes of a fictional person

Tag: military

Wednesday, October 30, 1912

Forty different kinds of tobacco will be chewed by 125 enlisted men at the New York navy yard over the next six weeks, to decide which kind shall be bought for use in the navy. A year’s supply of tobacco for the navy is 200,000 pounds.

In Lincoln, Illinois, Aldred Whitaker spent eight years working on a perpetual motion machine while afflicted with locomotor ataxin and lying on his back. He died as he was completing the last section of his model.

Finally, the chief of police issued a proclamation this morning. “Only innocent fun will be tolerated on Thursday night, which is Hallowe’en. Any persons who are found destroying or in any way molesting property will be arrested and prosecuted,” Already several complaints have been made regarding young men hurling rocks through windows, tearing up cabbages and flower beds, and throwing bottles and other refuse against houses. “Without words of caution from the father or mother,” says the article, “the boy may well be expected to act the rowdy.”


Monday, September 23, 1912

Theodore Roosevelt did not visit the Twin Cities today. Progressives are blaming state republican campaign managers for the hoax. There is a lengthy and bitter explanation of how the report came to be published earlier in the Courier-Herald. “Mr. Weeks called Roosevelt headquarters in Chicago and was informed that the announcement was a political hoax. He tooks pains to set a Champaign paper right on the matter but neglected to notify the Courier-Herald, whose representative had given him the first tip.”

Costa Ricans are demanding “in graphic language” that the armed forces of the United States in Nicaragua be withdrawn. Insurgents fired upon a train carrying Major Smedley Butler’s battalion of marines, injuring three. The American force arrived at Granada, the populace of which is on the verge of starvation.

Finally, I feel it is important to note that the world demand for leeches is almost nothing compared with what it used to be only a few years ago.

Friday, September 20, 1912

Seventeen-year-old Edna Vice of Tolono died this morning. The warrant sworn out by her foster father charges that Gordon Pettigrew, a farm hand who wronged the girl, gave her a drug to produce an abortion. The sheriff has gone to make Pettigrew his prisoner.

Dr. Joseph Scheurich of Philo figures three years of paying alimony is plenty and is petitioning the court for custody of his children. Mrs. Scheurich and a Philo man recently were arrested for living together illegally.

The Twin City Equal Suffrage association will hold a very important meeting at the home of Mrs. Milton Parks, 810 West Green street, Urbana, at three o’clock Saturday.

William Humble, who shot at the marshal of Homer, is holding the highway near his home in Newcomb township. “Heavily armed and evidently insane, Humble is stationed in front of the Oak Grove church and threatens to kill anyone who comes in range of his guns.”

A woman in Providence, Rhode Island, held police officers at bay by running into her room and disrobing. She refused to put on any clothing for several hours, until a friend persuaded her to dress. She was charged with the theft of a diamond ring.

In Nicaragua, “a large number of college girls are still at the mercy of the bandit soldiery of the revolution.” The headline is “CO-EDS ARE IN PERIL,” and three companies of American marines are rushing to their aid.

Tuesday, September 17, 1912

The “wild man” who thinks that he owns every building here was arraigned again, found to be insane, and taken to the hospital at Kankakee.

Four Chinese students registered at my school yesterday. They were sent here by their government to be educated. They have all served in the Chinese army. Interestingly, in China, English is taught in schools, just as German is taught here.

Someone left a fine new briar pipe with an amber stem on the desk of County Clerk Fred Hess, “but do you think Fred would smoke it? Not much! He’s been in public life too long not to know all about how great leaders have had their domes shot off by infernal machines, and doesn’t intend to take any chances.”

Several new buildings at the university are nearing completion, and they have begun clearing the ground for the new armory, which will be the largest building of its kind in the world.

“American marines under the command of Maj. Smedley Butler are marching to the rescue of a number of French, American and native girls imprisoned in a girls’ school in Granada, Nicaragua.” They are in danger of starvation because the rebels have surrounded the school and none of the girls can get out.

U.S. Occupation of Nicaragua Begins

This cartoon, entitled “Gettin’ Took,” appeared in the Urbana Courier-Herald on September 16, 1912.

The United States occupied Nicaragua from the summer of 1912 until 1933, when the Great Depression made the occupation too costly to maintain.

From 1909 to 1912, U.S. Marine Smedley Butler served in Nicaragua to enforce U.S. policy as part of the Banana Wars. Many years later, the highly decorated retired serviceman would write War Is a Racket.