News From One Hundred Years Ago
Volume No. 1,734 ⋅ 13th December 1913 ⋅ Free
Twelve Just Women
Lawyer sounds off. Jury shuts him up
Chicago Tribune ⋅ 27th August 1913
CHICAGO — Twelve Oak Park women jurors, comprising the first complete woman jury ever empaneled in Illinois in a misdemeanor case, yesterday squelched the village attorney, William R. Moss. Moss, who announced he was an anti-suffragist, began to talk on women exercising the ballot privileges. Several of the women jurors promptly displayed knowledge of legal procedure and demanded that Moss cease his “irrelevant” talk.
The New Journalism
News will be laid on to the house like gas or water
The Economist ⋅ 23rd August 1913
LONDON — The national newspapers will not contain less reading matter, but the pages will be smaller. News will be collected by wireless telephones, and the reporter will always have a portable telephone with him, with which he can communicated with his paper without the trouble of going to a telephone office or writing out a message.
Killing A Dead President
Soldiers Fire Through Coffin, Taking No Risks
The Daily Express ⋅ 20th August 1913
NEW YORK — A remarkable story of the last rites over the body of the late President Tancrede Auguste of Hayti was brought to-day by the Hamburg-American liner Albingia. The story is told by Mr. Marfield Kemp, a civil engineer in the employ of the National Railroad of Hayti.
Battle Of The Skull
Primitive human had ape-like jaw. Could think but not speak
The Manchester Guardian ⋅ 12th August 1913
LONDON — The Anatomical Section of the International Congress of Medicine has been busy to-day with an interesting problem connected with the remains of the prehistoric man discovered last year at Piltdown, in Sussex. By all except some German anthropologists, who are apparently jealous of the reputation for antiquity of their fellow-countryman the Neanderthal man, the Piltdown skull is now generally accepted as being by far the earliest relic of mankind ever discovered in Europe.
The President And The Negro
Southern Senators demand separation of races in Federal employ
The Nation ⋅ 7th August 1913
NEW YORK — Mr. Wilson finds himself thus early in his Administration at the parting of the ways in the matter of the negro citizen. His nomination of Mr. A. E. Patterson, of Oklahoma, as Register of the Treasury, has been withdrawn at the nominee's request, and for the first time in a quarter of a century the office is to go to some one other than to a negro.
French Favour Woman Aviators
WOMEN NEED LESS OXYGEN, FEEL LESS PAIN, HAVE WIDER FIELD OF VISION
Sausalito News ⋅ 9th August 1913
SAUSALITO — The French army department has determined to have as many women aviators in its air battalions as it possibly can, says an English paper. For this purpose, a special law will have to be passed making women eligible for army service. The fact is that the leaders of aviation in France have come to the conclusion that women make better aviators than men, and they are determined to encourage women fliers in every possible way.
The Binghamton Tragedy
58 Women Dead. Now will the law be changed?
The Outlook ⋅ 9th August 1913⋅
NEW YORK — It was half-past two when the fire alarm rang long and fiercely above the whir and roar of work in the Binghamton Clothing Factory with its 111 employees. Some of the seventy girls on the top floor rose instantly from their machines; others not so quickly. The fire drill was not popular for several reasons. It took time from the girls' work. Time is money when one works under the "piece" system. It was embarrassing, too, going down on the public street in work clothes.
Sunday Riot In Kentucky
LEXINGTON, KY, 4th August 1913 (Washington Herald) — The attempt of Police Commissioner Land to enforce Sunday closing of saloons and suppress gambling gave the police force here a busy day. There were 72 arrests. Two murders and a riot served to enliven the day of tragic events. Will McCoy, an electric lineman, who refused to go out on strike, was struck on the head and knocked senseless while engaged in repairing a trolley wire. In a construction camp a negro was killed, and the slayer of J. W. Mitchell last night was arrested. Four saloons were found doing business and raided and two crap games were broken up.
More Sunshine For Britain
LONDON, 4th August 1913 (Daily Express) — The Daylight Saving Bill, now before Parliament, provides that from the third Sunday in April until the third Sunday in September, every year, local time in Great Britain shall be one hour in advance of Greenwich mean time, and in Ireland one hour in advance of Dublin mean time. By this simple process of advancing the hands of the clock one hour in spring and reversing the process in autumn, we shall secure, while we are up and about, every day for five months in the year an additional one of the hours enlightened by the sun.
Mrs Fish As Mother Goose
NEWPORT, R.I., 1st August 1913 (Los Angeles Times) — The nursery rhyme and fairy ball given by Mrs. Stuyvesant Fish at her summer villa, Cross Ways, tonight was a big success. No more remarkable party has been given here in a long while. Nearly every one of the several hundred persons who attended complied with the wish of the hostess by wearing the costume of some character that can be found in the classic fairy tales and nursery rhymes. Inside the main hall of the villa the decorations were most appropriate. On either side of the halls were seven stacks of wheat, embellished with cat o’ nine tails and sunflowers, while near each were black cats with blinking electric eyes to represent the seven witches. Overhead was also a life-size witch riding on a broom with four stuffed geese flying along behind. Flowers were arranged about the group to represent clouds. American beauty roses adorned the supper table. There stood at the extreme eastern end of the ballroom in an alcove a large reproduction of Mother Goose Rhymes, arranged so that the leaves turned as the characters entered the room. From the sides of the alcove came page boys, all bearing standards, on top of which were heads of various animals with their eyes illuminated by electric lights. The boys marched about the room setting down standards, which afterwards were used to mark the dancing space. The music changed, and Mother Goose appeared form the book, taking a position at the side to introduce the various nursery rhyme characters. There were then liberated from each corner of the room small balloons and the professional opening of the ball ended. As hostess, Mrs. Fish was queen of the fairies. Her gown had a long court train of silver cloth and spangled net. Mrs. Fish carried a wand, on top of which were several small electric lights.
Cigarette Sets Forest Fire
NEW YORK, 2nd August 1913 (The Outlook) — A lighted cigarette carelessly thrown from a Tamalpais Railway observation car started, it is said, the raging forest fire that more than three thousand men lately fought on Mount Tamalpais, in Marin County, California, about fifteen miles northwest of San Francisco. The fire fed at first on the dense growth of chaparral and greasewood covering the south side of Mount Tamalpais, but a north wind carried it into Blythedale Canon, the route of Tamalpais Scenic Railway, known as ” the crookedest railway in the world,” and soon the redwoods and manzanita trees were ablaze there. It was hoped to save Muir Woods, the home of the giant redwoods—trees of thousands of years’ growth and hundreds of feet high, the finest specimens in the world. Soldiers fought desperately to save these woods, but the flames leaped the trenches dug by the soldiers, and they had to flee for their lives. Before leaving, however, they broke open the celebrated aviary and released the birds. Some, bewildered by the glare, fluttered straight into the fire, but most of them were seen to fly with the wind away from it. Deer, coons, rattlesnakes, and rats were driven from their haunts. A soldier reported having seen an army of mountain rats advancing before the fire like a swarm of ants. A big buck, dazed by flame, wandered into an open space, looked straight into a moving-picture machine that a man was operating, and then crashed into the underbrush. Thirteen rattlesnakes were killed at one spot by a squad of soldiers. Cottagers were driven from their homes. Cottages are soon rebuilt; people forget their fright and return to set up anew their household gods ; but a giant redwood destroyed by fire can never be replaced. Is there not some way to stop this forest destruction through carelessness?
Aged Woman Tells Of £10,000 Legacy, Shoots Herself
Daily Mirror ⋅ 28th August 1913
LONDON — The suicide of an aged woman named Annie Pearce, nearly seventy years of age, at Ludlow yesterday, was the last act in an amazing story of deception. She lived with her second husband in a small house in one of the poorer districts of Ludlow, and last December announced that she had come into fortune of £10,000 left by a cousin who had died at Pittsburg, U.S.A.
Gangsters Fire On Dancers
Revenge Of The Gophers. Two Charged With Homicide
Washington Post ⋅ 25th August 1913
NEW YORK — Members of a rival gang tried to break up the dance of the Midway Athletic Club on lower West End avenue early today, and when they were thrown out returned in an automobile, and opened fire on the dancers. One man was killed and another wounded.
Mothers Besiege Orphan Tommy
Police decline to cut boy in two
Chicago Tribune ⋅ 20th August 1913
CHICAGO — Tommy, the nameless orphan left at the Cottage Grove avenue police station on Monday, came near having a surfeit of mothers. Many applied for him. Two South Side women tried to see Tommy at the St. Vincent Orphan Asylum, where he was taken from the police station, and both were determined to gain possession of him for adoption. But they were unable to break through the red tape that holds infant orphans to the asylum.
In praise of the bathing-machine. Fashion stands still by the sea
The Spectator ⋅ 16th August 1913
LONDON — When Dr Richard Russell, in the days of George II, published his treatise on the beneficial effects of sea water, and shortly afterwards removed to Brighton to look after his patients, he set a fashion which has surely changed more slowly than any of the last two centuries. Sea-bathing in many places and for many people remains to-day very much what it used to be.
CANAL ALMOST FINISHED
WASHINGTON, Aug 11 — Latest reports from the canal zone announce that as a result of the prospective substitution of dredgers for steam shovels in the excavation of the famous Culebra cut, the canal may be ready for shipping by next December. Even earlier than that, light draft vessels are likely to be passing through the waterway, for as the greater part of the canal prism has been cut to its final depth, small vessels can probably navigate it safely after October 15.
Los Angeles Times
CALL THE POLICE
SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 14 — The civil service commission demands that the supervisors amend the recent ordinance creating the position of “policewomen” so that they shall be known by the more ladylike appellation of “social service inspectors.” Said Civil Service Commissioner Matthew Brady: “Policewomen should be gentle and tactful. They should not be called policewomen at all. It is not dignified, nor womanly. The term is too athletic, too suggestive of the vigorous work performed by policemen.”
In Praise Of The Silly Season
London newspapers are quiet and empty, like London streets
Saturday Review ⋅ 9th August 1913⋅
LONDON — Every year, when Parliament rises; when the leaves of the town trees begin to turn brown and dusty; when the blinds are down in the great town houses; when the very churches are only half in commission; when the serious season of balls and dinner parties and amusements comes to an end, then the silly season begins.
Expedition To Visit Indians
Great white father Wilson participates by phonograph
San Francisco Call ⋅ 4th August 1913
SAN FRANCISCO — Commissioned with authority from the president of the United States and the Department of the Interior to visit all Indian tribes in the United States, an expedition financed by Rodman Wanamaker, son of John Wanamaker, left San Francisco yesterday morning to carry its message to Piute, Hupa, Concow and Lower Klamath Indians in the northwestern part of California.
Risks And Benefits Of A Channel Tunnel
Opposed On Military Grounds. But Fears Of Invasion Exaggerated
The Economist ⋅ 9th August 1913
LONDON — The Channel Tunnel deputation which was received by the Prime Minister on Tuesday did not obtain much encouragement. Mr Arthur Fell argued that the tunnel would confer great benefits upon commerce, and would encourage intercourse, business, and friendly feeling between England and the Continent.
The Partition of Persia
Britain pays the price of friendship with Russia
The Spectator ⋅ 2nd August 1913
LONDON — We look with no particular dread or horror upon a friendly partition of Persia between Russia and England. In the first place, the degeneracy of the Persian nation makes it impossible for us to believe that an independent government can ever be restored. But if this is impossible the only ultimate solution is partition, for it is idle to suppose that Russia, which has been in intimate touch with Persia ever since the time of Peter the Great — fifty or sixty years before the East India Company got into political touch with Persia — could possibly stand by and let us turn Persia into another Egypt.
“I Was Forcibly Fed”
Prison torment for champion of women's vote
McClure's ⋅ August 1913⋅
LONDON — "I felt a steel instrument pressing against my gums, cutting into the flesh, forcing its way in. Then it gradually prised my jaws apart as they turned a screw. It felt like having my teeth drawn. I held my poor bleeding gums down on the steel with all my strength. Soon they were trying to force the india-rubber tube down my throat. I was struggling wildly, trying to tighten the muscles and to keep my throat closed up. They got the tube down, I suppose, though I was unconscious of anything but a mad revolt of struggling, for at last I heard them say, 'That's all'; and I vomited as the tube came up."