20th December 1913 (Saturday)

BORN TODAY: in Alexanderkrone, Siberia in the Barnaul Mennonite settlement – David Friesen, businessman and Anabaptist church leader who emigrated from the Soviet Union to Canada in 1926, aged 12.


World Affairs: in London, the Spectator magazine reports how the arrival of a German military mission in Turkey (under the command of General Liman von Sanders) has caused consternation in British, French and Russian diplomatic circles, who perceive it to threaten their strategic interests in this most sensitive part of the world.


Global Finance: A cartoon by Walter J Enright in Harper’s Weekly shows a fat and obviously rich  (top hatted) financier lording it over cities and industries, propped up by (other peoples’ money being held in) banks and insurance companies.


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