Tuesday, December 20, 2016
The Wyoming Tribune for December 20, 1916: Troops Rush to Forestall Border Raid (and a truly bizarre comparison made in the case of a Mexican American militia)
A story of a near raid in the Yuma era with a rather bizarre comparison between a claimed Mexican American militia and the KKK. Apparently the authors there had taken their history from D. W. Griffith's Birth of a Nation rather than reality.
It's rather difficult, to say the least, to grasp a comparison between a Mexican militia of any kind and the KKK which wouldn't exactly be in the category of people sympathetic to Mexican Americans. And it's even more difficult to see the KKK used as a favorable comparison. Cheyenne had a not insignificant African American, Hispanic, and otherwise ethic population associated with the Union Pacific railroad and I imagine they weren't thrilled when they saw that article.
Apparently the "war babies" referred to in the headline were stocks that were associated with Great War production, which logically fell following the recent exchange of notes on peace. As we saw yesterday, the Allies weren't receptive to them, so I'd imagine they those stocks rose again.