Friday, February 28, 2014

Today in the Sobel Timeline: February 28

On February 28, 1921, Mexican Secretary of State Albert Ullman responded to an earlier remark by Josephine Williams of the Jefferson Times. In the February 12 issue of the Times, Williams had compared President Emiliano Calles to a piece of petrified wood, saying that while he might outwardly appear to be the Hero of Chapultepec, he was really "the miserable professor from Kinkaid," that is, Ullman himself.

Ullman answered, "Miss Williams had better consult some good geology and chemistry texts before she pontificates so wisely!"

Ullman's remarks were reported the next day in the Mexico City Times.

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