• Hats, 6/10/11

    The News … from 1911.

    Prof. Reed’s lecture well received
    The lecture given by Prof. T. H. Reed on Friday evening in the Civic Club hall under the auspices of the high school alum association was well attended, and those who donated 10¢ to hear Mr. Reed were glad they had been present to listen. Reed’s subject was “The Humor and Pathos of Judicial Administration”.
    Prof. Reed has a happy facility for keeping his audience interested from the time he begins a lecture to the close. He believes firmly in the appointment and recall of judges, and declared that justice was frequently denied, sold, or delayed in the United States. Reed also said the conduct of justice in the United States, especially in the Abe RuefI and Hawley CrippenII cases, when opposed to examples from other nations, are seen to make the law suit the case.
    Because justice is sold in the United States, Reed said, is why he believes in the recall of judges. Justice is uncertain in this country, not only by the mechanisms of slowness, but by delay of cases on intentional errors. He cited many other of the causes of these delays, especially in civil cases. Reed also spoke of accident and redress and, at some length, upon the situation between employers and employesIII as regards dam- ages for accident while in the performance of duties, showing how little the employe is safeguarded. For more evidence, Reed suggested a simple examination of the case files of 75% of this nation’s attorneys. Reed then concluded with an aphorism: Justice in America is simply neither swift nor sure.
    The Review joins the high school alumni association in thanking Prof. Reed for appearing without remuneration. I

    Report from library
    The report of the Carnegie Library of Pacific Grove was heard Friday evening at the monthly meeting of the board. Miss Elizabeth Jones, Librarian, presented the report. Membership has grown with 2,277 Grovians now holding membership cards. Circulation in general literature, for the months of January, February, and March, was 1,229 books. Young adult fiction numbered 1,171 books. Children’s books of II all sorts numbered 1,142. Magazines, either checked out or read in the reading room, numbered 1,120.
    Donations of either books or money came from Mrs. Babbitt, Miss Whitney, Mrs. Watson, and Mr. Berwick. Newspaper and magazine subscriptions were donated by Mrs. Eckhart, Mrs. Fitzsimmons, Mrs. Sharon, Mrs. Burwell, Mrs. Alexander, Miss Strong, and Miss Green.

    Pacific Grove basketball shows two losses
    A glance at the standings roster of the Coast Counties Athletic League shows Pacific Grove in third place in a tight race. The Grove’s boys team (3-2), follows Santa Cruz (5-0) and Watsonville (4-1). However the Grovians lead Monterey (2-3), Salinas (0-5), and Hollister (0-5). The Grovian girls are at the top of the league’s list with a perfect 5-0 record. Hollister’s girls, like the boys team, resides at the bottom of the six-team conference.

    Notes from around the area…

    • Watch for IOU arrows inserted into the advertising of the Review. Readers may then tear out the IOU notes from any Arrow Advertiser and spend them like cash. Arrows are in amounts ranging from ten cents to ten dollars.

    • The 9 pm special from Santa Barbara, aka “The Shoreline Limited”, will no longer arrive in the Grove at 9 pm. The limited will hereafter arrive at 9:25 pm … on schedule, it is hoped.

    • The Serra Building Company is the very best choice for constructing on your lot your new home. Houses of any size, financed by the Bank of Pacific Grove, are built on the installment plan. Also, all kinds of mill work done in a first class manner.

    • The Harmony Bridge Club enjoyed a luncheon in the Civic Club house on Friday afternoon. Luncheon was followed by a few games of whist. The club had previously reached the understanding that after six months of weekly play, the six members earning the lowest scores were to stand for lunch. This was the payoff.

    And your bill amounts to …

    • Jump around stove mistakes. Avoid the shivers with a fuel-saver heating stove. Many people have made the mistake of buying a stove with a voracious appetite for fuel while producing little heat. Call at Thompson hardware and ask to see the Cale’s Original Airtight stove. Buy for $3, this week only.

    • Watch for the eruption of specials on all sorts of illustrating and drafting tools. Home copying press come with small supply of printing ink. 10” X 15” size. Lay-out board included. Fonts sold separately. Black enamel finish. Screw wheel. $4.75. IV

    • Cooking lessons will continue next week at the Civic Club hall. The remainder of the courses may be attended upon payment of 50¢. Chef A. L. Wyman is presenting the classes.

    Author’s Notes
    1. Abraham Ruef had been a political boss during the infamous administration of Mayor Eugene Schmitz of San Francisco. In 1907, Ruef was indicted on various counts centered around the payment of bribes to San Francisco supervisors in late 1906, but the trial did not conclude until late March, 1911. To learn more, read Thomas Lately’s Debonair Scoundrel: The Flamboyant Story of Abe Ruef and San Francisco’s Infamous Era of Graft. 1962.
    2. Doctor Hawley Harvey Crippen had been born in Michigan in 1862. He became certified as a doctor in 1885 and specialized in patent medicine. After moving to England in early 1900, Crippen lived at 39 Hilldrop Crescent in Holloway (near London) with his wife Cora Turner Crippen, who disappeared soon thereafter. Crippen claimed that Cora had died while visiting the coastal areas of California, taking particular delight in vistas near the Del Monte Hotel, and had been cremated. However, the mutilated remains of a murdered body thought to be Cora’s was later found buried under a brick floor in the basement of her former home. The chase began in 1906, but due to Crippen’s extreme skill at deception, did not conclude until March, 1910, with Crippen’s arrest by the famed detective Constable Walter Dew. Several movies and television shows have been based on the merry, world-wide chase on which Crippen led authorities with his mistress, Ethel Neave, in tow. Crippen was convicted and hanged. The mistress was acquitted. As a separate note, modern DNA testing showed the body in the basement not to have been Crippen’s wife, Cora, and to have been male, not female. Neither the whereabouts of Cora nor the identity of the murdered man have ever been established.
    3. “Employe” was the preferred spelling in 1911.
    4. The home printing press was a miniaturized version of a one-sheet, commercial press manufactured as the Amana Star.

    References: Pacific Grove Review, Monterey Daily Cypress, Del Monte Weekly, Salinas Index, Monterey County Post, Bullions’ Grammar (1890).

    Know some news or trivia from a century ago?Contact the author Jon Guthrie: profguthrie@gmail.com.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on June 10, 2011

    Topics: High Hats and Parasols


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