Friday, November 30, 2012

1912 -Louisiana, where the living is cheap

The True Democrat
November 30, 1912

The following few prices make farm life in Louisiana look good.  Land selling in New York City at $270 a square foot and above; in Chicago chickens and butter each selling at 50 cents a pound in high class stores, and guaranteed eggs at 60 cents; in Germany the wholesale price of swine is 18 cents, beef 22 1/2 cents, and veal higher, these prices compelling people to eat the horse meat more than heretofore.

Modern conditions indicate that a great many people in the great cities must either go back to the farm or starve.  Louisiana, with its cheap lands, fertile soil and open winter climate, offers an opportunity to thousands to become independent.  Louisiana has thousands of acres of land that will feed many thousands more of people and enable them to live in comfort.  This state can secure many of these people if it will but let its advantages and opportunities become known.--Crowley Signal

Thursday, November 29, 2012

1912 - Parentage based on Resemblence

The Evening World
November 29, 1912


Mrs. Manila Points to Resemblance 
Between Little Girls as Basis 
of Claim.

To help prove through resemblance that the child she is trying to regain through a judicial order is her own, Mrs. Aramella Manila went before Supreme Court Justice Seabury this afternoon with another daughter.  The child that plays the important part in the proceedings is "Louisa," six years old, who has been making her home with Mr. and Mrs. Salvatore Lacascia of No. 400 East Sixty-third street for a year.  They got "Louisa" from a Catholic nursery.  Argument on a writ of habeas corpus was heard.

With Mrs. Manila was her eight-year-old daughter Jennie, sister of "Louisa."  The two children remained apart during the long wait before the case was called, each seemingly content with a large doll.  "Louisa" amused herself by combing the doll's flaxen hair, and not once did she look at the woman who claims her as her own child.  The mother made no attempt to speak to the younger girl.

Mrs. Manila said that she had many children and put "Louisa" in a nursery when she was two year old. Seven months ago, she says, her baby was given to the Lacascias, who have grown to love her as if she were their own.  Lacascia is a mechanical engineer and half-owner of the Atlantic Iron Works, Lorimer Street, Brooklyn.  The foster-parents say that Mrs. Manila is not the mother of the girl, whom they call "Christina."

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

1912 - Is your husband Cross?

The Beaver Herald
Beaver Oklahoma
November 28 1912

Is your husband cross?  An irritable, fault finding disposition is often due to a disordered stomach.  A man with good digestion is nearly always good natured.  A great many have been permanently cured of stomach trouble by taking Chamberlain's Tablets.  For sale by all dealers.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

1912 - A boiled onion is the answer

Lexington Gazette
Lexington Va,
November 27 1912

Mrs. Hetty Green Gives Timely Bit of Advice

Mrs. Hetty Green of New York, the world's richest woman, celebrated her seventy-eighth birthday last Thursday in the usual manner--by working.  When she was told that there were many men and women who might wish to follow the example set by her in leading a long and useful life, she volunteered the following advice for them:
Don't envy your neightbor.

Don't overdress; that is, don't dress flashily, whether you have the means or not, for that will cause envy and jealousy to be aroused in others.

Don't fail to dress warm. In cold weather low-cut gowns and the vanity of some women cause many deaths.

Don't fail to go to church.  The church needs you and you need the church.

Don't eat anything but good, wholesome food.  Home cooking is the best.

Don't cheat in your business dealings, for sooner or later your conscience will begin to trouble you, and later you will worry yourself into your grave.

Don't fail to be fair in all things, business and otherwise, and never kick a man when he is down.

Don't forget that riches gained by such acts you must leave behind some day, and that when you do depart if your riches have been gained by these means, you will find the doors o heaven tightly bolted against you.

Don't forget to be charitable and don't falsify.

Don't forget to get a lot of exercise, of which walking is the best.

Don't forget to obey the laws of God, for they were the first laws.  By so doing you will live as God has wished you to live.  'Give unto Caesar that which is Caesar's and unto God that with is God's'"

After giving this advice Mrs. Green volunteered the information that she is going to move back into her old $18 a month cold water flat in Brooklyn.  She is living temporarily with a friend.  She said she could not spare a day from her office even to celebrate her birthday.

During the entire interview Mrs Green was chewing constantly on a boiled onion, and her lips were smacking continuously.

"I always have a boiled onion with me," she volunteered, "and I always chew on one.  It is the greatest preventive in the world against germs.  I have been doing the same thing for twenty years and I have never had a sore throat."

Monday, November 26, 2012

1912 - Fears White Slavers

The Salt Lake Tribune
November 26 1912

Miss Maude Van Deusen, Nebraska School Teacher
Ends Life in Chicago.
Leaves Statement Saying She
Had Little Money, and Preferred
Death to Dishonor

Chicago, Nov. 25--Possessed with the idea that she was pursued for dishonorable purposes, Miss Maude Van Deusen, 25 years old, leaped from the twentieth story of the McCormick building and was crushed to death on the stone paving of an alley at the street level.  She jumped from an alley fire escape nearly 250 feet above the ground in view of many pedestrians.  he body struck another fire escape at the first floor and bounded into the alleyway, nearly every bone being broken.

Mixx Van Deusen, according to papers found in her pocketbook which she carried with her, was a school teacher in Humboldt, Neb. From her papers it appeared that she had been seeking a position here and had been obsessed with the idea that she had been in danger from white slavers.  She wrote that she had been driven to appeal for protection to Chief of Police McWeeney, to the federal department of justice and to social settlement workers.


She had prepared for her death by pinning across her bosom a strip of white linen which had been stained crimson at either end and on which she had printed in large letters:
"Death! Death before dishonor."
She had tied around her neck a copy of the New Testament in which she had marked passages in St. John.  She held her handbag in her hand as she jumped and it was picked up near her body.  In it was another marked Bible and a typewritten statement of several thousand words which she had entitled: "part of my life's history."

"I will die clean if I have to kill myself," was written at the head of one of the sheets.

The landlady of the house in which Miss Van Deusen had been rooming said the young woman had been without employment for some time.

"I am trying to write this without the least emotion," her typewritten statement began, "and, though the following statements may seem dramatic, your reason will assure you that they contain only common sense.

"First, I have very little money and am not allowed to hold a position.

"Second, I will accept no money but that I earn.

"To be without money is to be exposed to any amount of insult and to fall into the hands of the spiritualist white slave trade.

"If I do not get help it will be a certainty that I cannot escape falling into the hands of the spiritualist white slave trade, and that will force me to self-destruction."

The police do not understand what Miss Van Deusen meant by "spiritualist white slave trade."

A copy of a letter in her handbag addressed to Miss Jane Addams read:

"I wonder if this note will ever reach you at all.  Good people nowadays are protected by 'secretaries' so taht it is hard to get to them.  If you have, as I understand, clothed a number of harlots with respectability and refuse to help a girl who has to be right I shall not even thank you for helping me.  But I shall love you if you are good really or intend to be as you determine."

A letter apparently written by Miss Addams in reply stated that she was too busy to see Miss Van Deusen at that time, but would make a later appointment with her.

Miss Van Deusen, it is said, was the daughter of Dr. Lydia Van Deusen of Falls City, Neb.

She is said to have told friends that she worried a great deal over a Hindu cult.

The young woman is said to have been harassed by a hallucination that she was pursued by the representatives of this cul.

Falls City, Neb. Nov 25--Miss Maude Van Deusen was well known in Falls City where she grew to womanhood.  She taught school in Falls City and in Richardson County districts for a number of years.

About six years ago, Miss Van Deusen suffered from some peculiar mental ailment and became estranged from her family.  She imagined they were trying to deprive her of her property.  For a time she was treated in a Lincoln hospital and later she went to Chicago.  For the last two years her relatives knew little about her, but they understood she was making her way in Chicago, working as a typist or stenographer.

Word reached her mother recently that Miss Van Deusen needed money.  Her mother said that if her daughter would write she would gladly send the money.  The daughter would not write.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

1912 - The Society for the Prevention of Useless Giving

The Times Dispatch
November 25 1912


The old custom of making Christmas a season for extravagance and peril is changing into a better method.  The tendency to make it one of genuine pleasure is increasing.

The large number of fatalities due to the use of dangerous toys and fireworks is being reduced each year because of reformed ideas for the people see the folly of endangering their lives in the violent celebration of the occasion.

Reform in the extravagance and useless expenditure of money at Christmas is also progressing.

The custom of making presents has become a burden to many who cannot afford it.  This fact has led certain philanthropic women to begin a movement to abolish the custom among those who are financially unable to observe it.

Mrs. August Belmont and Miss Anne Morgan have organized "The Society for the Prevention of Useless Giving," which they are asking working girls to join.

Mrs. Belmont justifies her efforts to correct the evils of useless giving at Christmas by saying that it is folly for a girl earning $5 a week to spend money on Christmas gifts. 

Many people feel that to be just to themselves rather than to be generous to others, they ought not to give presents.  They know that they cannot afford the expense, but they feel that they must give as well as receive.

A holiday season should not be marred by so great and so senseless a burden.  Enforced giving often results in more harm than pleasure.  The capacity for giving is overtaxed.

If we could give in proportion to our capacity, so that there would be no distressing balancing of accounts, the art of giving would be encouraged, and the happiest season of all the year left unmarred.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

1912- Hymn NOT Played As Titanic Sank

The Washington Times.,
November 24 1912

Col. Archibald Gracie Shatters Often Repeated Story of "Nearer, My God to Thee."

The Titanic Orchestra-
Did they or didn't they?
That immortal belief that the band on board the Titanic played "Nearer, My God to Thee," as the great ocean liner went to its watery grave, was shattered by Col. Archibald Gracie, one of the survivors of the disaster, in an address before the University Club last night, when he declared the band at the time of the sinking of the ship had quit playing and the majority of the instruments of the musicians were scarttered about over the deck of the vessel.

Perhaps the largest crowd ever at the club heard Colonel Gracie "Tell the Truth about the Titanic."  Colonel Gracie said the band had played ragtime music, and only a little while after the compact of the ship against the ice.  He was of the opinion that had the band played, "Nearer, My God to Thee," the men aboard the ship would have had a much harder time in consoling the women and children.

Friday, November 23, 2012

1912 - Women and Men Sprung from Monkeys

Bisbee Daily Review
November 23 1912


The following composition on men is credited to a little girl:  "Men are what women marry.  They drink and smoke and swear, but don't go to church.  Perhaps if they wore bonnets they would.  They are more logical than women and also more zoological.  Both men and women sprung from monkeys but the women sprung further than the men."

Thursday, November 22, 2012

1912- Fear of Negroes caused her to Kill

The Salt Lake Tribune
November 22 1912



Father of Matricide Says She was Always Obsessed by Fear of Negroes.

Philadelphia Nov. 21--Prenatal fear, the subtle affliction which physicians cannot cure, was the probable cause of the murder of her own mother by Miss Gladys Myers on a Southern Pacific train last week.

Miss Myers and her mother were occupying a Pullman berth.  Miss Gladys suddenly awoke and says she imagined her mother's face was that of the negro porter beside her, so she fired twice with her revolver, not realizing for some moments afterward that she had shot her own mother.

The girl's father, a wealthy hotel keeper of Greensburg, Pa., says that ever since birth the beautiful girl had been afflicted with a racial antipathy and terrible fear of colored men.
The girl's mother was afflicted the same way and the father is certain that the tragic fear, transmitted to the daughter at birth, was the cause of the tragedy.  He believes that the matricide was doomed from birth to commit the awful deed and denies that she has any moral responsibility in the matter.  As this view is supported by physicians, it is likely that it will be adopted by the authorities, hence no attempt will be made to accuse the girl of crime.

She is prostrated by grief and fear is entertained for her reason.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

1912 - Born Old

New York Tribune
November 21 1912


Kentucky Town Excited Over Birth of "Aged" Boy.

Whitesburg, Ky., Nov 21--The whole of this prosperous farming community is excite to-night over the birth of a baby boy with a full head of gray hair.  The boy was born this morning his mother being the wife of John H. Craft, of Pine Creek.

Hundreds of friends and neighbors of the Craft family besieged the home all day to get a glimps of the gray-haired baby.  Everybody wants to see him.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

1912 - the end of 'gang rule' in New York city

The San Francisco Call
November 20 1912


"Gyp the Blood," Lefty Louie," "Dago Frank" and Whitey" Lewis Guilty of Murder
Jury Returns with Verdict after but Twenty Minutes of Deliberation

Chronology of Events in the Rosenthal Case:
July 16 --Herman Rosenthal was shot and Killed
July 29--Lieutenant Charles Beeker indicted for murder and arrested
October 5 - "Big Jack" Zelig, and important witness, murdered.
October 7 - Trial begins.
October 21 - Testimony all in.
October 23 -Summing up of both sides.
October 25 - Justice Goff gave the case to the jury. The jury retired at 4:03 to deliberate for a verdict.
October 25 - After eight hours a verdict of guilty of murder in the first degree was returned against Becker.
November 19 - "Lefty Louie," "Gyp the Blood," "Whitey" Lewis and "Dago Frank" Cirofiel are found guilty of murder in the first degree.

New York, Nov 19--"Gyp the Blood," "Lefty Louie," "Dago Frank" and "Whitey" Lewis killed Herman Rosenthal, the gambler, at the instigation of Charles Becker, and like him, must pay the penalty of death in the electric chair.  The jury which has been hearing the evidence against the four gunmen so decided today when it returned against them a verdict of murder in the first degree after but twenty minutes of deliberation.

The gunmen heard the verdict without show of emotion.  They stood at the bar, looking straight ahead as the foreman of the jury rose to make known the results of its deliberations and they continued to stare stolidly in front of the bar until the formalities of the proceedings were concluded.

Appeal to be Made
Former Magistrate Charles G.F. Wahle, counsel for the gunmen, announced that he would appeal from the verdict and, as in the case of Becker, months may elapse before their ultimate fate is determined.  When the prisoners were remanded to their cells in the Tombs, they turned and filed out of the courtroom with as firm a step as when they first entered. 

"Whitey" Lewis--he who was the most dramatic of the four when he testified on the witnes stand--alone walked with head bowed.

Outside, "Lefty's" doll faced wife wept on the shoulder of her husband's father, who vainly tried to comfort her.  "Gyp's" wife, known as "Gyps's Lillian," received the news in the house of detention.  The two other gunmen are unmarried.

Charge Takes Three Hours
The final day of the trial opened with Justice Goff's charge to the jury, which occupied three hours.  The charge emphasized many points in the testimony of the gunmen which the prosecution, in its summing up, had declared to be discrepancies, fatal to the credibility of their stories.

"If the defendants' contention that Rose and his companions, Webber, Vallon and Schepps, shot Rosenthal, would he have invited them around to the Metropole hotel to the scene of the shooting?" Judge Goff asked the jury.

"Did the defendants tell the truth when they said that they saw Rosenthal shot and were near enough to distinguish the faces of those who did the shooting, but did not see Rosenthal fall?" he asked.

"Verdict Just," Says Whitman
"The verdict was just, and will meet the approval of all right thinking citizens," said District Attorney Shitman tonight.  "It means the beginning of the end of 'gang rule' in New York city.

"Webber, Rose, and Vallon will be released as soon as their attorney makes an application for such release. They will not run away--that I am sure of.  As for Schepps, he was only held as a vagrant, and he certainly has served his term. I shall not oppose his discharge.  The jury that decided the case of the 'gunmen' did not seem to regard Shapiro as an accomplice, and I shall move tomorrow for his discharge.

Monday, November 19, 2012

1912 - High Cost of Living

The Salt Lake Tribune
November 19 1912

Yale Professor Declares it is Due Primarily to Gold and Credit Inflation

New York, Nov. 18--Professor Irving Fisher of Yale university told the members of the New York Manufacturers' association in Brooklyn tonight that the high cost of living was due primarily to what he termed gold inflation and credit inflation.

"As these two influences, gold and credit, are closely related," said the political economist, "we may unite them in the word inflation.

"history is full of illustrations, of paper money inflation and the terrible consequence in disturbing contracts and business stability as well as the injury to the salaried classes and the wage-earners.  Yet scarcely was the provision made for the redemption of the greenbacks, before we seemed to have forgotten the terrible evils which they had caused.  Consequently we allowed congress to pass a law preventing the retirement of the greenbacks and two laws providing for inflating our currency with silver.  I believe now that business men should join in a campaign of education to make the public understand that gold inflation is just as disastrous as silver inflation.

"Monetary contraction and and monetary expansion are evils from whatever cause they may come.  The lesson of the hour is that we may suffer from gold inflation which comes from natural causes just as truly as from inflation through legislative enactments.

"The weight of the gold dollar remains fixed but its value or purchasing power does not.  To be so careful about the size of the gold dollar and so indifferent to its purchasing power is as absurd as it would be to stipulate carefully as to the size of the package containing breakfast cereals, but to take no notice of how much cereal it really contains.

"During the last fifteen years although the gold dollar has remained the same in size, its purchasing power has fallen to two-thirds of the dollar of fifteen years ago."

Sunday, November 18, 2012

1912 - Rejected Suitor Ties Girl to Horns of Cow

The Salt Lake Tribune
November 18 1912

Young Canadian Farmer, Being Rejected,
Seeks Revenge in Diabolical Manner.

Winnipeg, Man. Nov 17-- Peter G. Hanson, a farmer at Grierson, eighty miles northwest of Winnipeg, is sought by the Manitoba police, who accuse him of tying a young woman to a cow's horns.  Maggie Warauski, the daughter of a neighbor, is seriously injured, perhaps fatally, as a result. 

The story sent here is to the effect that Hanson, who was enamored with the girl, became angry at her coldness and threatened revenge.  This revenge is said to have consisted of knocking the girl unconscious and binding her firmly across the animal's horns.  The cow took fright and dashed into the bush, tearing off the young woman's clothes against the trees.

When the animal became exhausted it fell, and the girl was crushed against the earth.  She was trampled under the cow's feet when it attempted to rise.  Neighbors, hearing the screams in the woods, cut the girl loose.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

1912 - For the Birds

Omaha Daily Bee
November 17 1912

Family Cat Great Menace to Birds

Lawrence, Kan., Nov. 16-- Prof. L. L. Dyche of the University of Kansas will recommend to the next legislature changes in the laws designed to protect birds from the family cat.

"I know of no greater enemy of the birds than the domestic cat," Prof. Dyche said today.  "Legislation to protect all birds except those classified as 'game' and 'outlaws' would save the farmers millions of dollars each year.  I believe it may be necessary to have a cat license law in Kansas."