Apr 02 201524 The Raider, the Playboy, the Sultan, and Roosevelt

In 1904 a Greek-American playboy, Ion Perdicaris was, along with his stepson Cromwell, kidnapped in Morocco by a man who would later be called “The last of the Barbary pirates.” The incident sparked a degree of outrage in the US, and was a talking point for Theodore Roosevelt in the 1904 presidential election. But… Perdicaris himself didn’t mind being kidnapped. In fact, he had a great time being held hostage by a roving band of desert brigands.

The 1904 cartoon below from the Review of Reviews shows the US boldly telling the Sultan of Morocco to… pretty much give in to a kidnappers demands.

Pedacaris Incident cartoon
Related Links:

News stories from 1904 about the Perdicaris Incident.

Hostages to Momus by O. Henry, based on the Perdicaris Incident

The Wind and the Lion on IMDB

This is only very tangentially related, but The Mysteries of Harris Burdick is very probably the best collection of writing prompts ever made.

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