• Hats, 3/21/14

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    Postmasters at Santa Cruz
    The second and third class postmasters of this area are assembled in Santa Cruz for several days of training. These gentlemen were welcomed by the mayor of Santa Cruz. Training then began under the auspice of Mr. Gerald Longhorn, sent here from Washington D. C. Emphasis is on how to speed delivery. The question of whether to reduce deliveries from two each day to one will be considered. Several postmasters have commented about the beauty of the Santa Cruz region. A group picnic near the old lighthouse is in the plans.

    Visitor from the Seventh
    Mr. Theobald Howe, most recently a lieutenant with the Seventh Infantry, has left the military to take up teaching. Howe is in town to be looked over by the Pacific Grove school board. MR. Howe’s late father was also a teacher at a private school in Carson City, Nevada.

    Mrs. Hadley to speak
    Mrs. Julia Hadley will speak supporting nationwide suffrage at the women’s rally to be held at Del Monte this Saturday. Mrs. Hadley gained some measure of fame by registering as the first woman voter in the Grove when it became locally allowable. Mrs. Hadley claims to prefer the Progressive Party.

    Prices reduced for Berlin games, sort of
    Mr. N. H. Burlingame of the Southern Pacific has placed an ad in another column of this issue advising of reduced fares to points where connections to the Berlin games can be made. However, this editor wishes to point out that such discounts are available only in exchange for cash.

    New auto mobile law enforced
    Mr. Percy Towne, member of the California Auto Mobile Association, arrested for speeding to test the validity of the new state auto laws, was found guilty by Judge Dorsal and sentenced to pay a $15 fine or to spend 15 days in jail. A writ of habeas corpus was immediately obtained from Chief Justice Beatty of the supreme court. The California Auto Mobile Association intends to try out several provisions of the law especially the ones governing speeds and having the state be responsible for issuing auto licenses and auto tags. The Association claims all are invasions of individual rights.

    Joint brotherhoods to meet
    A joint meeting of brotherhoods will convene Tuesday and Wednesday, next, in the Chamber of Commerce rooms in Monterey. The subjects for discussion are the injunctions against “red light” operations and what happens if the black plague hits here. A banquet follows Wednesday’s session.

    Schools to reopen
    After having been closed a week for repairs, Pacific Grove schools will reopen Monday. Most of the work was in response to the heavy wind and rain damage of last week. All the teachers who took mini-vacations will be called back to be on hand. Among others who vacationed closer to town, Prof Bert Carter and family went to Los Angeles and Miss Pearl Hayck wandered to Berkeley.

    Big basketball game tonight
    The Pacific Grove boys’ basketball team will play a return game against the Watsonville YMCA team tonight here in the Grove. The last game, played in Watsonville, resulted in a sound drubbing of the Watsonville fellows. Captain Goldsworthy of the local team thinks that will be repeated tonight with his Grove men running circles around the apple pickers.

    Stories, poems, and drama
    Prof. Smithson, here from Stanford to speak about the creative arts, said that it is easier to construct a play than it is to write a book. The main reason is that a play is generally shorter. It requires, on average, Smithson says, five or six plays to equal the length of one book.
    In poetry, he said, the most difficult writing is provided by the sonnet. Unlike poetry, the sound of the sonnet must be perfect.
    The most difficult writing, however, is afforded by the short story in which there is so much to be accomplished in such limited space.
    That said, Smithson opined that no one other than Turgenev has ever written a perfect short story. Turgenev manages to maintain dramatic tension throughout all the stories he authors for Metropolitan magazine.

    Tidbits from here and there…  

    • We move the world! Trunks and suitcases are our specialty. We have storage, too. McCoy moving company, 573 lighthouse. Connect your phone to Main 183.
    • Mr. W. T. Hertop of Cleveland checked in at the Pacific Grove hotel. His stay here is for health reasons.
    • A final decree of divorce has been entered in the suit of Mrs. Jeannie Beane vs. Mr. Edward Beane.
    • The Methodist-Episcopal church, Leslie Burwell, Pastor, will hold a special wor- ship this Sunday at 2 pm. The subject for discussion will be “The Need for Devout Attitude.”

    And the cost is …

    • “Bought and Paid For” sold out for the first two performances, but do not despair. That is because this is the greatest stage play of our day … and now the opportunity to view this masterpiece returns. Thursday of next week brings “Bought and paid For” back to the Monterey Theater for two performances, one matinee and one eve- ning show. This spectacular played for more than six months in London and more than one year in New York. Do not miss it here. Prices: $1.50 for first ten rows, $1 for house, 50₵ for standing room. Matinee curtain at 2 pm. Evening curtain at 7:30 pm. Tickets available for advance purchase at Long and Gretter’s Drug Store.
    • Stetson, the tailor, is offering my lady’s choice of suits for $20. These items would cost $30 to $40 elsewhere. Located at 152 Alvarado in Monterey. Phone is Red 133.
    • Wool socks and mittens, 75₵ each. Cramers clothing. 547 Lighthouse in the Grove.

    Author’s notes…

    1. Was Editor Brown being critical of Southern Pacific? If so, that was a bold move  to make against such a substantial advertiser.

    2. This was but one fight over the handling of this new form of transportation, the automobile.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on March 21, 2014

    Topics: High Hats and Parasols


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