Writes the Los Angeles Times regarding Dr. Alexis Carrel of the Rockefeller Institute, who as readers will recall was a witness to miracle cures at Lourdes and lately says he has developed a “magic healer” that might heal broken bones in four days. Continue reading
Even though the economy is booming and the federal government ended the last year with “plenty of money,” Woodrow Wilson has concluded that it is his duty to cancel the inaugural ball to save the public $95,000. Continue reading
The newest candidate for what might be called the “Darwin Award,”a Massachusetts woman who suffocated to death after accidentally locking herself inside an airtight trunk while hiding from her husband to tease him.
That’s a reason given for why the nine companies holding a patent monopoly over moving picture technology created General Film Company, a trust by which virtually all moving picture companies have been consolidated into one entity. Continue reading
Reports the San Francisco Chronicle, on astonishing work by Professor Robert W. Wood of Johns Hopkins University, who has used “invisible ray photography” of what he calls “ultra violent” rays to deduce the presence of sulphur on the moon.
The Los Angeles Times reports on the expectation that the bill introduced by Senator Thomas Gore to add two seats to the U. S. Supreme Court will be approved by Congress, and that President Taft will soon be appointed to the Court by incoming President Wilson.
Reports of the President’s “date” with a blonde several days ago (Phyllis Wistrand of Lander, Wyoming) featured a line which one hopes will never again be uttered in the Oval Office: “Well, so you want to be kissed by the president of the United States?” Continue reading
“EVIL TWIN” DEFENSE: Fighting bigamy charge, minister claims evil twin married that woman, Miss Metz
Reports the San Francisco Chronicle on the travails of Rev. Frank Horn.
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General Daniel Butterfield
January 11 was Founder’s Day at Cornell University, celebrating the birth of Ezra Cornell, who also founded the Western Union Telegraph Company. To mark the occasion, as noted in the Cornell Sun, “copies of the address given by General Daniel Butterfield on Founder’s Day, 1898,” entitled “Ezra Cornell, His Nature, Work and Character,” have been distributed to undergraduates.”
How astonishing it would be if one day there could be created an archive, accessible by anyone in the world through a wireless transmission, or through some other currently unknown technology (probably invented by a Harvard man), to which anyone in the world could turn to obtain a copy of General Butterfield’s address on a moment’s notice, at little if any cost.
If there were an award to humans who improve the fitness of their species by accidentally killing themselves through utter stupidity, thus curtailing reproduction of that stupidity, it might be called the “Darwin Award” (after naturalist Charles Darwin). Continue reading
The New-York Tribune has an account on experiments by E. C. Hanson of Los Angeles using an automobile for “wireless telephony,” with the car battery serving as the power source. Apparently the device has a range of at least 35 miles. One hopes that eventually this idea will prove practicable as means for motorists to communicate while on business trips.
The Atlantic Constitution notes the eleventh anniversary of the Berry school in Mount Berry, Georgia, which started in a log cabin with five students, and is growing by leaps and bounds. At this rate of growth, one can scarcely imagine the school a century hence.
The Los Angeles Times reports on the fast exit made by 65 “inmates” of the Whittier Reform School in Whittier, California, who broke through a wall and escaped, “dividing into small squads” and scattering “in various directions.” Add them to the list of girls who “don’t want to be reformed.”
The Detroit Free Press marks the passing of one of Detroit’s leading citizens, who rose from obscurity to serve as president of the Edison Illuminating Company and the Michigan Savings Bank, and who is also known for his many philanthropic deeds. One imagines Peck’s life will continue to inspire a century hence.
“LOW-LIFE MIDNIGHT ASSASSIN”: I.W.W. strike leader attacked for urging workers to make hotel food “unsafest thing in the world”
The Chicago Tribune reports on the New York hotel men who, threatened with a strike by the Industrial Workers of the World (“I.W.W.”) , have attacked strike leader Joseph J. Ettor for urging restaurant workers to make it “the unsafest thing in the world for capitalists to eat food prepared by” them — another violation of the Scudder Doctrine.
The Boston Daily Globe reports in detail on a speech by Vida D. Scudder, of the Scudder family of missionaries in India, who is now a professor at Wellesley College, on her views regarding socialism. Continue reading
Following coverage of the “Perfect Man,” the “Perfect Woman,” and the “Perfect Car,” the New-York Tribune now presents us with the “Perfect Baby“: Harvey Washington Wiley, Jr., whose father is a chemist even more famous for being the father of the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906.
The New Zealand Colonist supplies some perspective on the heated alarm recently sounded concerning “[t]he number of lives which have been lost during the present year through collisions with icebergs” (most notably, of course, with the Titanic). It addresses “The Value of Icebergs,” Continue reading
The Boston Daily Globe reports on a speech given yesterday by Arthur T. Hadley, president of Yale University, in which he stood up for traditional American institutions, in particular, its system of free enterprise. Continue reading