13.8.04 | Emperor Who???

"At the pre-emptory request of a large majority of the citizens of these United States, I, Joshua Norton, formerly of Algoa Bay, Cape of Good Hope, and now for the past nine years and ten months of San Francisco, California, declare and proclaim myself Emperor of these U.S., and in virtue of the authority thereby in me vested, do hereby order and direct the representatives of the different States of the Union to assemble in the Musical Hall of this city on the 1st day of February next, then and there to make such alterations in the existing laws of the Union as may ameliorate the evils under which the country is laboring, and thereby cause confidence to exist, both at home and abroad, in our stability and integrity."
- Norton I,
September 17th, 1859

With this proclamation, the first of many, did Joshua Abraham Norton declare himself Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico.

As a couple of people asked me who or what this Emperor Norton was in my profile, i thought now might be a good time to answer.. a little... first of all here's a picture of him:

Emperor Norton 

Doesn't he look fabulous? If that man was my emperor, i'd not complain!

I first came across His Noble Majesty in the pages of the Sandman comic; his was a rather beautifully told short story called "Three Septembers And A January" and was centred around a wager that Dream had been become embroiled in with his siblings... you should read it. It's... different...

And so, when i arrived on the internet, this extraordinary "Eccentric" as some might vulgarly call him was practically the first thing i searched for... after the porn of course... actually he came several months after the porn... i mean i really had to "research" everything... um, there sure are some weird tastes out there... kinda makes me feel sorry for the Marquis De Sade; whom i reckon would have been directing the stuff with glee if he'd been around today...

*ahem* moving on...

there are several sites about him. Most of which you can find here: The Emperor
and it was whilst perusing these webpages that i came across a particular story, which i plagiarize quite cheerfully from here because it's well told... ah, and saves me the time of re-writing it.

"One night a gang of vigilantes gathered for a pogrom against San Francisco's Chinatown. All that stood in their way was the solitary figure of Norton. A sane man would not have been there in the first place. A rational man would have tried to reason with them. A moralist would have scolded them. A man as daft as Norton usually seemed would have loudly ordered them to cease and desist in the name of His Royal Imperial authority. All such tacks would probably have been futile, and Norton resorted to none of them.

He simply bowed His head in silent prayer.

The vigilantes dispersed".

And yes it is a true story, despite the apparent weirdnesss of that particular site. Like i said, i could follow such a King anywhere.

It kinda reminds me of this man, still unknown i believe(Although if anyone can put a name to him, i'll be dead chuffed. Names are important:

Ah well, there's so much more for you to find out about this extraordinary character. hope this posting encourages you all to seek him out for yourself.

Norton I, the first and last Emperor of America.


  3:20 pm :. Blogger Princess Potty Mouth hollered thusly:

It is funny that you would bring up the nameless one in your blog... has anybody searched for who this man was... I dont know a single person who hasnt seen clips of this brave person on TV or in some other form... quite obviously a martyr... However his name?? Your right I'm going to have to look up what his name is... although not right now unfortunatly I leave for work soon.... but the way i understand it I havea weekend to do what I need... anyway its was nice to seea meaning ful post... me likey

  9:12 pm :. Blogger Janey hollered thusly:

You are a deep one. I don't know his name, though I knew the Emp story being a SM fanatic like u!

See? the world needs deep thinkers like you

  11:36 pm :. Blogger The Saturnyne hollered thusly:

Mmm, i think the pic of this unknown Chinese man is one of the truly iconic images to come out of the last century. To me it represents astonishing courage against truly ridiculous odds. The fact that he "won" on the day is just jaw-dropping.

I so hope he lives. And if he lives, that he is free from state persecution.

But i think this is a hard world to be "free" in. I'd certainly laugh with enormous cynicism, at any westerner that believes they're free...

  11:59 pm :. Blogger Princess Potty Mouth hollered thusly:

Actually I'm pretty sure he died... He was run over that very day by that tank... at least thats how I remember it... Very sad...

  12:12 am :. Blogger The Saturnyne hollered thusly:

I found this about him:

"The suppression of the protest was symbolised for many by the famous footage and photographs of a lone protester, taken on 5 June, standing in front of a column of advancing tanks, halting their progress. The "tank man" continued to stand defiantly in front of the tanks for half an hour before an onlooker came over and pulled him away. Despite efforts, to this day no one knows who that solitary figure is. Time magazine dubbed him The Unknown Rebel and later named him one of the "100 Most Influential People of the 20th Century".

"Little is known of the man, including his current whereabouts or if he is still alive. History has identified him as Wang Weilin, a 19-year-old student; however, there's no absolute confirmation of this, and the Chinese government, if it knows, isn't telling. Some believe Wang was executed by firing squad several months after the incident; others believe he is still alive and in hiding somewhere in mainland China."

  3:59 am :. Blogger Princess Potty Mouth hollered thusly:

Hmmm... Goes to show you what I know ... meh

  9:28 am :. Blogger Lizzy hollered thusly:

Don't know a thing about him, other than what I read in the Sandman as well. But now that I've read your post, it all kinda fits, sorta. :P

  5:12 pm :. Blogger The Saturnyne hollered thusly:

Wow! You're a Sandman fan? And Janey, is too! (See link to "An Angel Darkly" down the side.. she's got several pointers on her site to some yummy art by Dave Mckean and other stuff.)

I'm impressed.
Also impressed that Morpheus and his siblings are available in your country. I thought the Sandman only available in the West...

...ye learn something new every day...

  4:32 pm :. Blogger Princess Potty Mouth hollered thusly:

Hey uess what?........ no really guess... yeah Ok I think you got it wrong... last night I happened to turn on the tele... I was dumbfounded... there it was right in front of me... that silly little clip... your right he lived... a few of his friends jumped out from the crowd and pulled him away... maybe I was thinking of somthing else then... It is good to know and see with your own eyes the good in the world... Iwas all lke wtf tho yeah so now there i really is proff he lved I'm so happy

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