Nightfall, written in 1917 by Herbert Ashley Asquith, son of British PM (1908-1916) Herbert Henry Asquith (via words-make-the-world-turn)
Hooded in angry mist, the sun goes down:
Steel-gray the clouds roll out across the Sea:
Is this a Kingdom? Then give Death the crown,
For here no emperor hath won, save He.
Though from the blackened grasses of the spring
The dead look up to where the swallow flies:
And in this woodland never a bird will sing—
The laughter lives within the sentry’s eyes.
if a poison goes past its expiration date does it get more toxic or less toxic
less toxic. when the black hand gang (idk some people from the start of WW1) tried to commit suicide, they drank old cyanide but it just made them vomit
again, tumblr teaching me more than school ever will
The Crna Ruka, that is, the Serbian Black Hand, was a paramilitary organisation formed in 1901 by officers in the Royal Serbian Army intending to bring about the realisation of a “Greater Serbia” through illegal terrorist activity. So their existence considerably predates the First World War. Their first activity was in fact the murder of King Alexander I of Serbia, part of a coup to install the anti-Austrian Karageorgevich dynasty in the person of King Peter I. Later they tried to organise the murder of General Vareshanin, then Governor of Bosnia, which failed as the would-be assassin somehow missed with five shots, and then shot himself. But most famously it was implicated in the successful assassination of the Archduke Francis Ferdinand on the 28th of June, 1914, which trigged the First World War. They weren’t a gang, they were a clandestine terrorist organisation pursuing covert political goals.
Also, you don’t drink cyanide. The advantage of cyanide is that it’s highly toxic and can be carried in easily concealable capsules, like an ordinary pill. The contents are not liquid though, they’re cyanide salts as that reacts most rapidly with the acidity in the stomach. It’s not like they carried a cup of cyanide in their pocket which they power slammed real quick. They carried a capsule in their pocket with a tiny amount of powder that failed to react.
If you’re going to learn something, then learn it right God damn it.