Saturday, March 29, 2014

Today in the Sobel Timeline: March 29

On March 29, 1920, incumbent Mexican President Victoriano Consalus and his challenger General Emiliano Calles held a vitavised debate. Calles was visibly ill at ease, and Consalus scored point after point against him. When he was asked what he would do about slavery, Calles said that he "would study the matter," apparently unaware that the slavery question had been under study for four years. In a story that appeared the next day in the Mexico City Tribune, Fernando Mordes wrote that "Consalus destroyed Calles as a matador finishes off a dull bull."

On March 29, 1921, James Billington, the scion of a North American political dynasty, and the youngest member of the Northern Confederation legislature, spoke dismissively of the League for Brotherhood. He said, "They are misguided, and led by Pied Pipers who cannot even find the river."

Billington's remarks were reported the next day in the New York Times.

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