THE WAYBACK MACHINE
Here formally starts a fragile venture. The University of
Illinois here at Champaign-Urbana has a good archive, on
microfilm, of old newspapers dating back at least to the middle
1800s. I hope to dig out some of this material in the coming
The title "Wayback Machine" for this fragile venture comes from a
spoof done on Conspiracy Nation (CN) via Internet. In the spoof
(which I got a good laugh out of, by the way), mention was made
of "Sherman" and "Peabody" and their "Wayback Machine". You see,
Sherman Skolnick is a major contributor to CN, so that's where
the "Sherman" came from in the spoof. And I suppose that makes me
I call this a "fragile" venture because it may not, for
foreseeable and unforeseeable reasons, pan out. If you want to
help ensure the success of this idea, well, you see, I have this
little newsletter that you can write to me and ask for more info
I will be following an *inductive* approach in the Wayback
Machine: that means I am just grabbing news items somewhat
randomly, without, necessarily, a pre-set idea as to where it all
leads. In fact, in some items, you might even exclaim, "Hey!
What's *this* got to do with conspiracy!?" Have patience. We may
eventually be able to, as "Debunker" Berlet has posited, "connect
the dots" and uncover a new conspiracy.
A final note: printouts from the microfilm are not always 100
percent; I may have to surmise some words. In such cases, I will
follow the doubtful word with a "(?)".
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HAITIAN REBELS MASSACRED
Government Troops Killed Every Person
They Found In One House In Port au Prince.
(New York Times, February 4, 1904)
WASHINGTON, Feb. 3 -- Mail advices from thoroughly authentic
sources which reached several persons in Washington today
indicate that a terrifying state of affairs has existed recently
One letter from Port au Prince says: "Affairs here are in a state
of wild and dreadful disorder." It tells of a plot to take
possession of the city in the absence of the President, Gen.
Nord. Gen. Maximo Monplaisir was one of the leaders in it.
"Learning of the conspiracy," the letter says, "the Military
Governor of the city with a number of soldiers broke into the
house where Monplaisir and a few of his friends were gathered.
Orders were given to shoot all those within on the spot."
"Those who were killed were Monplaisir, his son, one or two other
persons, and a servant. Among those who escaped was the writer.
The owner of the house escaped by jumping out of a second-story
window, and in so doing broke his leg, but managed to crawl to
the house of a German who gave him shelter.
"The military authorities imprisoned his wife. Hearing this, the
man informed the authorities if they would release his wife he
would return to his(?) house. He kept his word, returning to the
house, where the authorities found him in bed after a physician
had set his leg. Without any ceremony they killed him by firing
thirteen bullets into his body.
"The foreign residents then became alarmed, and the German
Admiral informed the authorities if their action did not cease he
would land marines and take possession of the city. This stopped
"Nearly all of the legations are full of refugees, even the
American Legation has fourteen. Most of these reached the
legation by scaling the rear wall, some seventeen feet high. The
legation was surrounded by troops when the French steamer left,
and a close watch is being kept on it."