• Hats, 7/8/11

    The death of a czar
    Various stories attend the death, allegedly by suicide, of Czar Nicholas I. One version, told by a doctor of the Czar’s court, will be presented this weekend at the Work Theater. As told by the good doctor, the physician was called by the Czar and asked which poison would be the quickest and most painless. He was seeking a way to quickly end his life. The czar added that he had resolved to commit suicide rather than face the defeat of his royal army. The doctor objected. The Czar remonstrated the protestations and commanded the physician to bring him a quantity of the medication under discussion. The doctor did as told and then departed. The next he heard of Nicholas, the Czar was dead.
    The musical dramatization of this report, and accompanying events of interest, will be told in the “Romantic Demise of a Great Singer” (Nicholas fancied himself a singer). The touring cast is among the finest that could be assembled. All who attend will be pleased to have taken the trouble to do so. Shows commence Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30. One matinee on Sunday at 2.

    Grovian an intrepid smoker
    Phillip, who cares not to have his last name mentioned, has been given the worst sort of news by his attending physician. Phillip has been an inveterate smoker since a young boy of about nine years of age. Phillip reports – in his raspy, gasping remnants of a voice – that he started out on dried grapevines, but soon came to favor cigarettes of the roll-your-own variety. When a change was needed, a cigar or pipe (the latter often hewn from a corn cob) would do nicely, thank you very much. But now, his doctor reports, all this smoking has cost Phillip the use of his lungs. And as we all know, doing without lungs is the same as doing without life. Phillip, still in his 50s, said that he is just glad that he will have time to arrange for the end of his time on earth. And will he give up smoking during his last few months? Absolutely not!

    County will not now call bond election
    The board of supervisors for Monterey County met in special session yesterday to finish up the undone work of the March term. The matter of raising a fund to cover the cost of repairing storm damage to bridges, jetties, and roads was one of the princi- pal matters of importance requiring consideration. Surveyor Lon Hare submitted an estimate in the amount of $80,000 to make all repairs. Services to small bridges and culverts were not included. Payment methods will be determined at the next meeting which occurs in September, after summer break.

    War declared on ground squirrels
    If ground squirrels have their way, the Grove – indeed, most of Monterey County – will be poxed with ground squirrel holes. Methods of killing, which include poisoning and drowning by filling the holes with water, are under consideration. A suggestion to import and distribute rattlesnakes was immediately discarded. Whatever the method or methods, a health officer said, extermination is in order.

    Japan will fight Uncle Sam
    Admiral Fortier of the United States Navy made the following observation while speaking at the Presidio of Monterey. “Japan is certain to attack America before 1915.” The reason? “Japan cannot afford to wait until the Panama canal is open and fortified.”
    Japan views the canal as being a passageway under construction for purposes of military strength. The United States maintains that trade with China is the principal reason for the digging. After the canal opens, America will have China as a customer of the first order.
    Fortier also noted the feelings of friendship Kaiser Wilhelm holds for the United States. If Japan forces Germany into the dispute, Russia, France, and other nations must inevitably be drawn into the conflict. A world-wide conflagration would then be inevitable.

    New library hours
    The Carnegie Library of Pacific Grove has announced new hours for the summer season. Each afternoon at 1:30 the library will open. Closure will be at 5:30. An evening session will be held from 7:30 until 8:30, Monday through Friday.

    Notes from around the area…
    The Frances Willard Lodge No. 237 of the International Order of Good Templers has changed its meetings to every Friday evening at 8 in Scobie Hall. A cordial welcome is extended to all who wish to attend. C. D. Todd, Commanding Templar.
    The Del Monte Laundry Agencies has added wagons for improved pick up and delivery. Got dirty drawers? No matter what needs laundering, call Main 45 for service. We’ll be there fast and have your nicely laundered clothing returned even faster.

    And your bill amounts to …
    • Looking for a place to gather? Consider the Civic Hall. The club room is avail- able for $2 per night or $4, all day. The rehearsal hall costs only 75¢ per hour.
    • St. Mary’s by the Sea plans to give a musical accompanied by refreshments in an attempt to raise funds. Performing will be a Grovian Trio along with a variety of soloists. Box refreshments will then be served. Tea sandwiches, cake, and a prize are in each box. The suggested donation is 50¢ per person, which includes both admission and the box lunch.
    • The Southern Pacific offers special summer rates from the Grove to Chicago. Travel all the way for $33.60. Train changes required.

    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 July 8, 2011

    Topics: High Hats and Parasols


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