Balladeer’s Blog continues its examination of the many facets of Fool Killer lore. FOR PART ONE, INCLUDING THE HISTORICAL CONTEXT IN THE 1850s, CLICK HERE
PART 65 – Some of the Fool Killer’s targets in the June of 1913 edition of James Larkin Pearson’s version of the figure:
*** Professor George A. Hill of the Naval Observatory, for saying that the North Pole was constantly moving around.
*** The West Virginia mine owners who had been waging war on striking workers since April of 1912. In February 1913 the owners had used an armored railroad car to open machine-gun and rifle fire on the tents of sleeping miners and their family members. The war would end in July of 1913 from direct action by Governor Henry Hatfield.
*** The California Legislature, for passing the California Alien Land Act on May 3rd, 1913. That passage was causing tension between the United States and Japan, with some speculating that a war could result.
*** Pastor Charles Taze Russell, who was still selling “Miracle Wheat” for a much higher amount than wheat was going for on the market at the time.
With the fad of nude parties still going on among the wealthy, one of the pithier sayings of the Fool Killer this month was “The social law that now prevails is neither right nor just. The rich go naked because they may, and the poor because they must.”
FOR MY LOOK AT JOE MAGARAC, THE STEEL MILL VERSION OF JOHN HENRY AND PAUL BUNYAN, CLICK HERE
2 responses to “FOOL KILLER PART 65: JUNE 1913”
I used to be a Democrat but they are too nuts now.
I understand completely.