Saturday, October 13, 2012

1912 Governor reprieves four condemned

Tombstone Epitaph
Tombstone, Arizona
October 13, 1912

Does Not Favor Capital Punishment and
Saves Four Condemned Arizonans
Who Were to Die Today
Asks Legislature to Abolish Hanging

Governor Hunt has issued a reprieve for William Campbell, Eduardo Perez, N.B. Chavez and Miguel Peralta who are confined in the state penitentiary under death sentence for sentence for murder in Yavapai county, and who were to have been hanged today.  The reprieve lasts until the 11 day of April next.

In issuing this reprieve the governor advocates the repeal of the capital punishment statute of the state, and asks that petitions be circulated initiating a law prohibiting local executions.

In his order for reprieve he deals at length with the subject, citing the statutes in other states and repeating many reasons against capital punishment.

He also says that there is to be an extra session of the legislature, and advises that the proposed initiative petitions be prepared and presented at such session so the law power can at that time change the statue on capital punishment and save execution of the men named.

Friday, October 12, 2012

1912 Chicago Voter Registration Numbers Highest Ever

Chicago Eagle
Chicago Ill
October 1912

All records for first day's registration in Chicago were broken last Saturday when 293, 354 voters enrolled their names on the registry lists.  While this number did not reach the 300,000 which had been hoped for, it seems certain to election board officials that more voters will be entitled to cast their votes in the presidential elections next month than have ever before voted here.  In the spring primaries this year the number entitled to vote was 444,910.  The women furnished one of the greatest disappointment in Saturday's registration, only 156 placing their names on the official list.  The next and final registration day prior to the November election is next Tuesday, October 15.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

1912 - The Helpmate of the Savage

Perrysburg Journal
Perrysburg, Wood County, Ohio
October 11, 1912

Eskimo Wife a Hard Worker.

Eskimo widowers often remarry within a week after the demise of the wife.  The helpmate of the savage does most of the work, and he is almost helpless without her.  She makes and breaks camp, cooks, cuts up her husband's kill and carries it to camp.  She dresses the skins of deer and seals.  She makes the footgear and clothes, paddles the canoe and carries every burden.  Without her no domestic arrangement can go forward.

Clipart by Clipart Mojo.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

1912 - Famous Conjoined Twins Die in N.C.

The Sun
New York
October 10, 2012


Christine Survived Her Sister Millie by Several Hours

Wilmington, N.C., Oct. 9--Death today claimed the famous Millie-Christine twins.  Millie died first, but her sister survived her only a few hours.

The twins had the same body, but had two heads and two sets of lower extremities.  They had been seen all over this country and in Europe and could speak several different languages.  They were highly educated. They could talk to themselves or could carry on conversations with others at the same time.  While one was asleep the other could be awake,  but as a rule they went to sleep at the same time.

Born in slavery times, the women, who were colored, were sold for $40,000 to used for exhibition purposes.  They were stolen from their owner in Philadelphia a few years later and taken to Europe, where they were found some years afterward.

**Millie died of tuberculosis and Christine died seventeen hours later. They had been known as The Two Headed Nightengale

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

1912 Whiskey and Craps in Kentucky

The Mt. Sterling Advocate
Mt. Sterling KY
October 9, 1912

Crap Game Raided

Policemen Scott and Tipton made a raid on a crap game in "Rat Alley" Saturday night.  Six negroes were arrested and about a dozen made good their escape.  Over a hundred bottles of whiskey were seized by the officers, who are holding same until it can be learned which one of the negroes was running the game.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

1912 Republican Junk for Sale including one Big Stick

HopkinsVille  Kentuckian
Hopkinsville Ky
October 8, 1912

The Latest Notice of a Public 
Sale on March 5, 1913

Our lease with Uncle Sam having practically expired, and having decided to retire to private life, we the undersigned, will offer for sale, at our residence, National Capital Washington, D.C., March 5, 1913 all the following described property, to-wit:

One elephant about 40 years old and has the foot rot.

One set of injunctions and high cost of living, old enough to wean, sired by Goldbugs and damned by everybody.

One Republican platform, as good as new; has only been used for campaign purposes.

In this platform a large number of planks from the democratic platform have been inserted, but they cannot be distinguished and they will go with the lot.

One Big Stick somewhat worn from over-use.

One Republican Machine, somewhat out of repairs.

One Financial System, well supplied with Clearing House Certificates, and a little cash.

A large quantity of old dinner pails, grandpa hats, coon skins, Teddy bears, Taft smiles and other things too numerous to mention.

This sale will positively take place on the above date regardless of weather, and everything must be closed out on that date.

Toast Crow will be served by the Old Boys' Republican Club.

Everybody, regardless of past political servitude invited.  This stuff must be cleared away.

TERMS-Cash before removing property.

JOE CANNON, Auctioneer.
Watonga, Ok. Herald.

1912 Democratic Leader in PA Chose Death over Poverty

The Washington Herald
Washington DC
October 7, 1912

Democratic Leader in Pennsylvania
Faces Death Rather 
Than Poverty
Philadelphia.  Oct 6--Thomas J. Ryan, Democratic leader of Pennsylvania, member of the Donnelly-Ryan-Guffey triumvirate that for so long controlled the organization of that party in this State, ended his life late this afternoon in his office in the Land Title and Trust Building by shooting himself with a revolver.  The examination of the pistol shows that the first cartridge did not explode and the second ball was the one that lodged in his brain.

Ryan was hopelessly involved financially, and from a man of great wealth it is understood that he had, through unfortunate investments, become practically penniless.  He was interested in Dreamland at Coney Island, N.Y., and lost a large fortune when the amusement park burned down two years ago. This season he built another amusement resort on the site of the Old Point Breeze race track here, but it has not been a success, and there was a meeting scheduled for his office to-morrow, where his creditors were to gather and devise plans for a trusteeship.

Several years ago, after he had amassed a snug fortune, Ryan began to invest in local traction securities.  He was intimate with the Wideners, and the late George D. Widener gave him the concessions at all of the parks on the lines of the Philadelphia Rapid Transit Company.  In many of his ventures he was aided financially by the Wideners and James J. Guffey.

**Interesting side note.  George Dunton Widener and his son Harry were passengers and victims on the Titanic.  They both perished at sea April 15, 1912.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

1912 - Dewey, Cheatem and Howe

Tombstone Epitaph
Tombstone, Arizona
October 6 1912

Former Arizonan Takes Parting
Slam at Attorneys In His Will

A New York dispatch says:
Ezra C. Bartlett, a retired Arizona mine owner who dropped dead here on August 29, in his will warns the executor of his fifty thousand dollar will as follows:

"I particularly warn you against attorneys and trust that you will not need to consult them regarding this instrument.  My personal experience with lawyers has been extensive, and has convinced me that they are dangerous crooks, expressly educated and trained to obtain one's confidence in order that they may defraud with impunity."

Friday, October 5, 2012

1912 Evelyn Thaw True to Harry

The Washington Herald
Washington, D.C.
October 5, 1912


Omaha, Nebr., Oct. 4--Evelyn Thaw in Omaha to-day, en route to the Pacific Coast, flatly denied that she is going to Reno to secure a divorce from Harry K. Thaw.  Furthermore, whenever he is set free she will again live with him, she says, and if he remains in an asylum all his life she will remain true to him, she says.

"The rumor that I am to apply for a divorce is absolutely without foundation," said Mrs. Thaw at the station to-day.  "I propose to stand by Harry to the end.  If he leaves the asylum we will live together and be happy.  And if he is not released, I expect to remain true to him until death.  I have no idea of seeking a divorce, and less idea of marrying some other man.

"I never expect to return to the stage' it has no attractions for me.  This winter I expect to try writing Sunday stories for the newspapers.  I will be in Los Angeles and San Diego all winter."

Thursday, October 4, 2012

1912 - Bomb Scare

New-York Tribune
October 04, 1912

Bankers Scared When She Drops Among Them.

Hammond, Ind., Oct. 3 -- Directors of the Indiana Harbor National Bank were in session to-day, when Mary Dopa, who weighs 235 pounds, fell through the skylight and landed in a sitting position on the long table among them.

The directors scattered in panic, thinking a bomb had been exploded.

Miss Dopa was not hurt.  She had been hanging out clothes on the roof of an adjoining building and had tripped and fallen through the bank skylight.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

1912 - Man is a Megalomaniac Among Animals

The Tacoma Times
Tacoma, Washington
October 3, 1912

Here is the Frog Which Never Had a Father

The "fatherless frog," which was "raised" by Prof. Jacques Loeb of Chicago and was recently on exhibition in a glass jar at the national hygeinic (sic) exposition at the Red Cross building in Washington, now has its picture in the paper for the first time.

This freak, which is shown in both the tadpole and the frog stage, never had any father outside of Prof. Loeb.  Prof. Loeb fertilized the egg of the female frog by a chemical process.

The result was what scientists call "parthenogenesis"--a case of birth with only one parent.  The frog developed into a very healthy specimen.

Jacques Loeb
"Man is a megalomaniac among animals"

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

1912 Calling Card Rules for Gentlemen

The Watchman and Southron
Sumter, S.C.
October 2, 1912

Calling-Card Rules
(by Paul West.)

Gentleman readers have requested the very latest information concerning the leaving of calling-cards.  The following rules have been obtained from high authority:

A gentleman calling on a single lady should hand four cards to the maid or butler.  Then, as he enters the drawing room, he should deposit two more on the nearest table.  If the lady is sometime in making her appearance, he may decorate the pictures on the walls with his cards, also slipping as many as possible into books on the center table.  On going out, be sure to leave twelve more on the card-stand.

In calling on a married lady, twice the number of cards should be left, besides which on returning home, he should mail forty or fifty more as a token of his pleasure at having seen her.

At receptions and other formal affairs, a gentleman should leave as many of his cards as he can carry to the place.  Also drop a few into the soup, the punch bowl, and, on leaving, into umbrella stands. ---Exchange.

Monday, October 1, 2012

1912 Kentucky Women Make Entrance into Politics

Daily Public Ledger
Maysville, Kentucky
October 1, 1912


Make Grand Entre Into Politics - Republicans, Democrats and Bull Mooser

For the first time in the history of Maysville women entered the various registering booths this morning and went through the ordeal, Spartan-like, in mingling with the sterner sex in exercising their newly-attained right of suffrage.

When one of the fair sex made her appearance in the booth the men rightfully and gallantly stepped aside and gave them their places in rotation.

In the Third Ward the first three women to register were Miss Amy Phister, Democrat, Mrs. H.C. Sharp, Republican, and Mrs. Eugene Mers, Progressive.