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100 years ago: People were just as crazy over politics

I followed the link from this tweet to the July 22, 1914 edition of the New York Tribune and noticed this tiny article which made me chuckle:

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There’s a story behind this. Too bad there’s probably no way to find out just what it is at this point (I’m not sure I want to go digging through hundred-year-old court documents even if they’re available).

I’m sure there was probably more going on between Mr. John and Mr. Ward than a simple matter of getting one to kiss President Wilson’s picture. I can imagine a long, possibly (hopefully?) friendly, political rivalry going on between the two neighbors. I wonder whether this ended the shenanigans or escalated them.

Thoughts?

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