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Monthly Archives: January 1913
“LAUGHABLE” TO BUILD A GREEK TEMPLE AS A MEMORIAL TO LINCOLN, says Senate aide — why not an Egyptian pyramid?
Lincoln Memorial? Fred L. Fishback, an aide to Senator Winthrop Crane of Massachusetts who has given considerable attention to how best to memorialize President Lincoln, calls the concept of building a Greek temple in his memory “laughable.”
That was basically yesterday’s message from the former Speaker of the House, Joseph Gurney Cannon who, despite recently being ousted in a palace revolt, has set a record — unlikely to be broken anytime soon — as the longest serving, … Continue reading
Andrew Carnegie Charles W. Eliot Two of our nation’s finest minds have confidently predicted that peace in our time is drawing near.
Reports the Boston Globe.
Lew Wallace, union general and author of Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1880) In a paper on “Vicious Literature” recently presented at the Twentieth Century Club of Detroit, Mrs. Oscar Janes declared: “Despite the recommendations of the press … Continue reading
In a speech last night to alumni of Western Reserve Union, covered by the Washington Post, Congressman Paul Howland (R — Ohio) reflected on the sad state of affairs in the legal profession,
“Worry is the chief cause of insanity in the United States,” says Everett S. Elmwood, secretary of New York’s mental hygiene committee, yet another of the many progressives not reluctant to advise others on how to live.
Yuan Shihkai President, Republic of China The latest news from China is in a Los Angeles Times article entitled: “May Put China on the Market: Perhaps Yuan Shi Kai is a Real Estate Man.” It summarizes a letter from a retired U.S. … Continue reading
Reports the Chicago Daily Tribune. When Charles D. Hilles, the president’s private secretary, opened the mail yesterday, he gasped with astonishment on reading a confession from a Washington woman that she had “broken into” the White House receptions for years under … Continue reading
WOMEN ARE BETTER: Senator votes for women’s suffrage on view wise women will more often than not reach a better conclusion
Reports the New-York Tribune on the reasons Senator Palmer expressed during debate in the New York Senate for favoring women’s suffrage: I favor this resolution, and I favor woman suffrage, because I believe women’s voting will help in general to improve … Continue reading
John L. Sullivan, age 54, who long reigned as heavyweight champion of the world during the bare-knuckle era, and whose last title fight was his 1892 loss to “Gentleman Jim” Corbett under the Marquess of Queensberry Rules, was asked in Boston yesterday whether … Continue reading
The Los Angeles Times has the macabre story of the continuing journey of the ashes of Mrs. Charles H. Underwood to their final destination in Saco, Maine — a journey which so far has involved the death of the first … Continue reading
DEMOCRAT JUSTICE: Percy Newkirk arrested, charged, indicted, tried, convicted, and sentenced to death — all in less than seven hours
The Democrats who run the South are becoming extremely efficient in dispensing justice to Negro offenders, judging from this report in the Atlanta Constitution on how quickly Percy Newkirk was sentenced to death for a murder in Gulfport, Mississippi.
Saying it is of “no use to make ‘crusades’ of any kind,” Cleveland’s highly effective and much-admired chief of police, Frederick Kohler (a Republican), spoke last night at the 22nd meeting of the Economic Club of New York, as part … Continue reading
Rep. “Big Tim” Sullivan (D — NY), officially insane Princeton’s Stewart Paton ’86, a psychiatrist, spoke last night at the Illinois Society of Mental Hygiene convention, the Chicago Tribune reports. Says Dr. Paton: “Everybody is afflicted with incipient insanity, and … Continue reading
The New York Times reports that an heiress, Miss Gardenia Winchester Winthrop, one of the many progressives who know best how others should live, will be devoting a sizable chunk of the legacy left by her grandmother to create a … Continue reading
An apparently about-to-be-nominated candidate for a “Darwin Award” (he’s not quite dead) is William J. Coogan of Cincinnati.
Cornell economics professor Walter F. Willcox is a leading authority on the science of eugenics.
William Jay Gaynor, the outspoken Mayor of New York who recently advised a colored man that the slaves were happy under slavery, offered advice last night to bankers attending an annual dinner.
Only days after word from France of a new portable device which transmits pictures over telephone or telegraph wires in only four minutes, there is more exciting news from France which could “revolutionize electric lighting,”
The Washington Post reports on “the most beautiful woman ever brought to police headquarters” in Boston, arrested for forgery.
Ezra Cornell Reads the headline in the Cornell Sun. The article reports on how the members of the Board of Trustees made this remarkable discovery in a meeting held at the ultra-posh Waldorf-Astoria Hotel:
MYSTERIOUS PINK-PAJAMA GIRLS ROCK HARVARD: Junior Harvard Man Receives Odd Visitors, and a Suspension
Only a week ago news broke of a mysterious girl who rocked the Northwestern University campus with her impromptu visits to various fraternities to chat with young men, smoke cigarettes, and play ragtime piano. Now, reportedly, Harvard has been rocked … Continue reading
The union men mistook Mrs. Augusta Kubeka for a “scab,” and threw her to the ground, beat her, and kicked her “almost unconscious,” the New-York Tribune reports.
Socarates Drinking the Hemlock
The New York Times reports that two scientists working at the Radiographic Institute of Geneva have suffered hand injuries as a result of their work with X-rays: one lost two fingers, and another had to have his entire left hand amputated.
Reports the Washington Post concerning George W. Lucas, who lapsed into unconsciousness and died after being driven by despondency to take the acid. One certainly hopes there is never another George W. Lucas driven to take acid.
Reports the Washington Post, being that blonds “are the children of the vikings of old . . . descendants of those who lived and struggled in the open air and the winds of the northern seas,” who are “psysiologically and … Continue reading
The Boston Daily Globe carries an account of an interesting recent speech by Alexander Meiklejohn, the youngest college president in New England.
Apparently, the rich can’t win.
In his latest essay — presumably ghost-written for him by H. L. Mencken — Dr. Leonard K. Hirshberg of Johns Hopkins reports on early successes in the creation and transplantation of artificial hip joints — and of the possibility that … Continue reading
Today marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Sir Henry Bessemer, who invented cheap steel, which added more wealth to the world than any invention since the steam engine. The New York Times has in a fitting tribute. Not … Continue reading
An article in the Los Angeles Times shows statistics support the old adage that “it takes a ton of shot to kill a man.”
The New-York Tribune has the latest report from the front lines of the elders’ War on Dancing:
The Los Angeles Times reports on a statement issued by the talented Mr. Ripley, president of the Santa Fe Railroad, regarding the U.S. Post Office’s recent launch of a parcel post service, and related matters.
WANTED: Jesus Christ The Cornell Sun reports at length on a lecture yesterday by Professor Nathaniel Smith — “one of the most important and forcible” of the year.
Reports the Los Angeles Times on a top priority of the philanthropic foundation proposed by John D. Rockefeller, currently pending in Congress.
That’s how the Atlanta Constitution summarizes the message of Mr. Schiff, a prominent New York banker, in testimony before the House “money trust” committee:
The New York Times has a report on the reply sent by William Jay Gaynor, the outspoken Mayor of New York, to a colored man, James D. Howe,
A New Zealand newspaper reports on the remarkable progress toward civilization achieved in the past fifteen years, since Uncle Sam took over following a calamitous 250-year Spanish rule.
With the annual automobile show well under way at Madison Square Garden, the press is filled with stories about the status and future of automobiles in our society.