Man Arrested for Bringing Pussy Willow Onto Train

Saturday, Mar. 13, 1943

Screen Shot 2015-03-10 at 6.12.54 PMIt’s easy to forget the ups and downs and the nonsense of war on a daily basis when we look back seventy years. Does anyone know or care now that Congress delivered a stinging rebuke to President Roosevelt. It repealed his salary cap by a vote of 268 to 131? Behind this repeal was the big question: Would Roosevelt – could Roosevelt – run for a fourth term. Or that the Russians continued to fall back? Nazi atrocities continued; eighty more Norwegians were taken hostage by the Gestapo. And in the midst of this, a man was arrested in London for carrying a bunch of pussy willow stems in flower onto a train thus violating an edict against using trains for the transport of non-essential items such as decorative foliage. The question before the court was whether the flowering stems were decorative foliage. The court judged they were and the man paid a 2 shilling fine – about 40 cents.

 

 

 

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