Friday, March 29, 2013

1913 - Mother Returns Finding Child in Flames

The Weekly Messenger
March 29, 1913

Mother Returning from Front
Room finds Child in Flames.

Special in the Item.

Hattiesburg, Miss, March 22--The 17 months old son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul J. Guerin was fatally burned Thursday evening when the child's mother left the kitchen to answer a call at the door.  The little fellow was playing near the stove and while Mrs. Guerin was out of the room he pulled a stick of burning wood from the firebox.  His clothing was soon a mass of flames and although his mother worked frantically to extinguish the blaze, the baby was frightfully burned, death coming to relieve his suffering about three hours later.  Funeral services were conducted from the family residence on Walnut Street Friday afternoon.  Father P. O'Reilly officiating.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

1913 - Mute 14 Yr old Shot, Suspected of Sinister Intent

The Manning Times
March 26 1913

His Silence Caused Suspicion and He Was Shot.

Suspected of sinister intention because of his silence, Louis Duncan, 14 years old, a runaway deaf mute from the State Institute at Cedar Springs, was shot by T.M. Ross, aged 62 years, when the boy called at Mr. Ross' home on the outskirts of Spartanburg Sunday night to beg a drink of water.

Miss Elizabeth Ross was aroused from slumber by a knock on the door.  When she opened it she saw a dim figure in the dark, which made no sound, but waved his arms.  Miss Ross recoiled, screaming with fright.  Her father jumped from bed, snatched a shot gun and stepped out of the house to repel the supposed intruder, who backed off.

The old man called to him to halt, but there was no answer.  The figure commenced to run and the old man fired.  They found the boy lying in a little crumped heap, conscious but mute.  He was taken to the Spartanburg hospital, where it was said that he would soon recover.  He is a son of Walter Duncan, of near Greenville.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

1913 - Biblical Moving Picture Attracts Many Patrons

The San Francisco Call
March 24 1913

"From the Manger to the Cross" Enters
On Second Week at the
Savoy Theater

That wonderfully impressive series of motion pictures, "From the Manger to the Cross," entered yesterday upon the second week of what promises to be an unusually successful engagement at the Savoy theater with large and interested audiences in attendance, both afternoon and evening.  These films, which are more than 5,000 feet in length and take two hours to show, were made on the actual spots named in the bible and depict wondrous scenes in Jerusalem, Palestine and Egypt.

The players who were engaged to enact the various roles have approached their work in a most reverent spirit and their enaction of the sublime story of the passion is something that is remarkable in its art.  Some of the mob scenes, particularly on the way to Mount Calvary, are wonderfully realistic, while the portrayal of the Last Supper is modeled on the most famous paintings made of that event.

"From the Manger to the Cross" has an appeal that is very broad and the Easter audiences were made up of spectators of every nationality.  The concealed choir which presents a musical accompaniment to the visualized story is made up of good voices and the selections are very appropriate.  matinees are given daily at 2:30 o'clock, with evening presentations at 8:30 o'clock.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

1913 - 3 Killed when Bomb Explodes in NY Apt

The Washington Herald
March 23 1913

More than a Dozen Injured in Wreck
of Building in New York's 
East Side.

New York, March 22--Three persons were killed today and more than a dozen injured by a mysterious explosion in the five-story building at 638 East Twelfth Street, which blew two floors of the structure into a rear yard.

The explosion was believed to have been caused by a bomb left in the building.  A crowd of children were playing in the yard, and many of them were buried beneath the bricks, plastering, and woodwork.

The noise of the explosion caused a panic in the neighborhood.  Crowds surrounded the building, which caught fire, and the flames threatened to spread to adjoining tenement houses.

Police reserves were called to drive back the crowds while firemen were fighting the blaze.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

1913 - Booker T. Washington to Speak Tonight

The Tacoma TImes
March 17 1913

Famous Negro Educator Here This Evening

Booker T. Washington, the greatest negro that ever lived in all probability, judged by his work for his race, will speak at the First Christian church in the regular lecture course tonight.  Following his talk there he will go to Valhalla hall and address the colored people where he will also be banqueted.  The local negroes have raised $100 to give him for his work of negro education at Tuskegee, Alabama.

Friday, March 15, 2013

1913 - Shamrocks for Wilson

The Evening World
March 15 1913


Sent to President by John Redmond,
Irish Leader

John Redmond
Washington, March 15--President Wilson to-day received a large box containing hundreds of Irish Shamrocks, the gift of John Redmond, the Irish Home Rule leader.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

1913 - Tragedy Occurs in a Cheap Downtown Hotel

The Tacoma Times
March 13 1913

Suicides; Kills
Affinity to Escape Wife

San Francisco, March 13

By shooting and killing his affinity, Agnes Vorobion, and then himself, W.J. Sosin, keeper of a small grocery store here, has today escaped the vengeance of his wife who had located him here after a five years' search.

The double tragedy occurred in a cheap downtown hotel and in a note left by Sosin, a suicide pact is suggested,

The note said:  "This is love."

Five years ago Sosin married Julia Radiamoff in Russia.  He found his wife with an admirer one night and is said to have killed the man.  Then he escaped to America with his wife in close pursuit.  Later he met the Vorobion woman and came here.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

1913 - Death of Typist Baffles Police

The Salt Lake Tribune
March 12 1913

Katherine Bethune
Death of Typist is Baffling to the Police

Hurled from Elevator, Girl is 
Found Dead in Hall of Business Building.

New York, March 11--A large force of detectives have been assigned to clear up the baffling mystery of the death of Miss Katherine Bethune, the beautiful young typist employed in the bureau of municipal research, whose body was found in the hall of a business building on Broadway shortly before dawn.  It is the theory of the police that Miss Bethune was hurled from an automobile.

Unknown Friend
A photograph found in her home included herself and an unknown girl friend.  The police are seeking to identify the other girl in the hope that she knows something of the tragedy.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

1913 - Former VP Close to Death

The Washington Times
March 10, 1913

Levi P. Morton Rallies;
Death Not Far Away

New York, March 10--The condition of former Vice President Levi P. Morton  was practically unchanged today.  Following a sinking spell Sunday he rallied, but the doctors say he will never fully recover, and that his death is probably only a question of days.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

1913 - Last Survivor of Monitor

New-York Tribune
March 9 1913

Now Hard at Work in Philadelphia Waterworks

Philadelphia, march 8--On the eve of the fifty-first anniversary of the famous engagement at Hampton Roads between the Monitor and the Merrimac William Durst, of this city, the last survivor of the battle, was hard at work in the Spring Garden Waterworks.

Durst will celebrate the fifty-first anniversary of the battle quietly in his home to-morrow.  This is rather a contrast to the ceremonies of last year, when fifty bluejackets of the 1st Division, Naval Reserve, in charge of a commissioned officer, reported to Durst, and then at his orders swung down Broad street and paraded in his honor.

Durst entered the navy as a coal passer but during the battle he acted as orderly for Lieutenant Worden, carrying messages of command from the little iron pilot house to the turret, where Lieutenant Greene was directing the firing of the guns.

The veteran, who is still active, was asked what he thought of the present vessels of the United States Navy.

"My," was his reply, "they certainly are different from the old kind."

Friday, March 8, 2013


The Appeal (Saint Paul, Minn)
March 8, 1913

THIS MEANS YOU.  If there is a one cent postage stamp on your paper, that means that you have not paid your subscription for more than a year, and the Government compels us to pay one cent each to send the papers to delinquent subscribers.  now if you are honorable and square, you will come and pay what you owe.  It certainly does not reflect any credit on you to have us pay one cent on each paper we send to you and for which you have not paid.  Is this fair and square?

Thursday, March 7, 2013

1913 - Son Died in Fire While Parents Saved Furniture

The San Francisco Call
March 7 1913

Save Furniture, Lose Son
Parents Remove Goods From Burning
House While Baby Perishes

San Bernardino, March 6--When they discovered their house was on fire early yesterday, Mr. and Mrs. John Landrez of Goffs, a desert settlement, began removing their furniture, but forgot their 2 year old son, who lost his life.  Coroner Fuller left today to investigate.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

1913 - 51 cents To Mail her Husbands Cremains

The San Francisco Call
March 6, 1913

Grewsome (sic) Package Containing
Ashes of Californian Mailed
at Denver
Denver, Colo., March 5--"Here is a dead man" was the comment made by a parcel post clerk here today as he held up to the view of his fellow clerks a package nine inches square and weighing seven pounds.

The package contained the ashes of Edward E. Knotts of California, who died here a few days ago following an attack of appendicitis.

The package was addressed to the widow, Mrs. Ada Knotts, San Francisco.  It cost 51 cents postage and bore a 10 cent insurance stamp.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

1913 - Helen Keller "Sees & Hears" Inauguration

The Tacoma Times
March 5, 1913


Helen Adams Keller was born in Tuscumbia, Ala, 32 years, 8 months ago.  She has been deaf and blind 31 years and 1 month, caused by illness.

Being deaf, after long years of darkness and silence, she can "see and hear through her finger tips," and has learned to speak.

Her phenomenal success is largely due to Miss Anne Sullivan (Mrs. John Macy), who undertook her education 25 years ago, and who is her inseparable companion.

Miss Keller is the author of "The Story of My Life," "Optimism, and Essay," "The World I Live In," and "The Song of the Stone Wall."

Monday, March 4, 2013

1913 - Taft Signs Bill Creating Dept. of Labor

The Evening Herald
March 4 1913

New Department 
To Be Created
President Taft Signs Measure
and Congressman Wilson
Announces His
Acceptance of Post
Washington, D.C. March 4--President Taft today signed a bill creating the department of Labor.

Congressman Wilson of Pennsylvania announced that he had accepted this post in the Wilson cabinet.

Secretary Tumulty announced that the cabinet nominations would not go to the senate until tomorrow.  The personnel will not be announced until then.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

1913 - President Wilson's Looking Good After Mole Removal

The Evening World
March 3 1913

Appearance Greatly Improved by
the Cutting away of the Disfigurement

Princeton, March 3--While President-elect Wilson was waiting to-day for his train to start for Washington the crowd at the station noticed that the large mole heretofore on the centre of his forehead had been removed.

His appearance was greatly improved by the cutting away of the disfigurement.

Friday, March 1, 2013

1913 - Only Woman Veteran of the Civil War in Need

The Appeal (St. Paul Minn)
March 1 1913

Kady Brownell Only One of Sex
to fight for Union

Photo from the Tacoma Times
May 30 1911
Went to Front with Husband When a Bride of Three Years--Now Custodian of Famous Jumel Mansion in New York--Once Headquarters of Washington.

New York--Kady Brownell, born on a battlefield, the only woman member of the G.A.R. and custodian of the historical Jumel mansion, has broken down and is now confined to her bed.  Her faculties are failing, and effort is being made to get her husband's consent to have her removed to some institution.

He is Robert S. Brownell and, like her, a wounded veteran of the civil war.  He was quite badly hurt, and she always has been the responsible head of the family.  Since 1895 she has been an employee of the park department but is now incapacitated for duty.  She is the recipient of a pension, passed by special act of congress.

Her father was Colonel George Southwell, a British officer, who was stationed in the year 1842 in Caffraria, South Africa.  His greatest friend, another officer, was Sir James Kady, who had been married at about the same time as Colonel Southwell.  The two men agreed that whoever had the first child should name him after the other.  Colonel Southwell's wife was proud in the knowledge that she was soon to let him fulfill his part of the bargain.

There was fighting near the station in those days, and the colonel's wife drove out with some friends to observe the fighting from a distance.  It was while she was there that she was taken ill.  An army tent was hastily pitched, and her child was born, a girl child.

A few days later the little girl's mother died, and when her father could get away he took her back to england.  Then he was ordered out with his regiment again, and he gave her into the hands of another friend, Cameron McKenzie, who was coming to America.

She met Robert Brownell when they both lived in Central Falls, R.I. There they were married three days before the first shot of the civil war.  He had been one of the charter members of the Mechanics Rifles of Providence, where his mother lived.  He took his bride to see his mother, and the evening of their arrival a call was issued for a meeting of his company. Governor William Sprague was raising troops and the Rifles were called upon.  More than 200 men were there when they were asked to step forward if they had nothing to keep them from volunteering.  There was just one man who didn't step forward, and he was promptly thrown down two flights of stone stairs.

Robert Brownell went home and told his bride that he was going to war.  She said that he shouldn't go without her.  At first he laughed, then he forbade her to go, and finally he begged her not to go.  he told her that a regiment made up of men of all sorts was not a place for a woman.

"If a woman wants to she can be a good woman in hell." she answered.

When he embarked with the rest of his regiment he was dismayed to find her on board.  It was only after the hardest kind of work that she was taken ashore, and she immediately began her pleadings with Governor Sprague.  She urged to such good effect that the governor escorted her to Washington and allowed her to take her place beside her husband.

She never disguised herself as a man.  She didn't carry a rifle, but she had a light saber and a revolver, with which she could shoot so well that she became known as one of the most expert sharpshooters of her regiment.

The only wound which she received was a shot in the leg at the battle of Bull Run.  One day she plodded along beside her husband over thirty miles of hard roads.