• High Hats and Parasols, February 24th, 2012

    The News From 100 Years Ago

    Three men held to answer
    Assistant District Attorney T. Anderson announced that evidence was sufficient to justify the trial of three men called in to respond to charges. The trial is to be conducted before the Superior Court of the County of Monterey, Judge Michaelis presiding. Delsignios Diaz, John Graham, and Allen Napier are all charged with Grand Larceny and acting as an unlicensed merchant. Each of the accused provided a bond in the amount of $500, to be held as bail, and was then released until the trial begins.
    Graham works as a day laborer, Delsignios is a juvenile about whom information cannot be released, and Napier is a Private at the Presidio of Monterey. Graham, who confessed to the crime(s), has agreed to also appear as witness for the prosecution in exchange for reduced charges and sentencing. Assistant District Attorney Anderson spoke to the men to advise them of Section 1324 of the California Penal code. This new addition to the penal code provides that a statement made by a witness, who is also charged with a crime, can be used against him at his trial. Andersen specifically advised Graham that his testimony might thus incriminate him later on.
    Nevertheless, Graham said that he would testify. Thereupon he told of the three men stealing cattle, one at a time, shooting each animal, telling how the hide was removed, and how the unuseful potions of the carcasses were disposed of before offering the hide and meat for sale.
    Allen Napier is also charged with burglarizing the home of businessman A. A. Manuel, making off with two rifles, two shotguns, and numerous other items. He had learned about the Manuel home after spending four furlough days with the Manuels, allegedly trying to spoon Miss Manuel. Both Mr. Manuel and his daughter have agreed to appear as witnesses1

    Young men to learn trades
    Young men from the Grove have been invited to apply for six-week training courses. Those selected will study under the auspices of special instructors who work for the Southern Pacific Company. All tools and work attire will be furnished free and the young men made to feel absolutely at home while learning a trade in a thoroughly scientific manner.
    A special building has been erected near the Oakland railroad yards, fitted with desks and blackboards, and provided comfortable sleeping accommodations. A library is to be set up nearby, and operated in conjunction with the San Francisco library. Each student will be treated as an apprentice.
    The Southern Pacific Company is the only railroad corporation west of the Mississippi river that makes such provisions for training young men as apprentices2.

    Chautauqua Institute offerings considered
    Nearly 150 ladies and gentlemen were present as an audience for the Pacific Grove pre-Chautauqua conference, Saturday evening. Presenters displayed a myriad of delightful entertainments, which were also try-outs for the forthcoming Chautauqua.
    A. J. Case served as toastmaster, who kept everyone giggling. The conference then opened with Chautauqua-hopeful, the Rev. L. L. Loofbarrow, offering a few well-chosen remarks, both witty and wise, before asking all to join him in singing grace. Following Loofbarrow, several fine selections were played by the Pacific Grove community band. All of these were enthusiastically received, as were the three selections subsequently sung by the Western Jubilee Quartet.
    Following the music, “samplers” of talks were offered by several participants. Rev. E. G. Kettle spoke about “Walking on Sand”, Prof. D. Wagoner on “Types of Coastal Rocks”, and Mrs. C. E. Irons on “Clams and Cooking”. All received good applause.
    Another conference session is scheduled for next week. Votes for speakers will occur at the last meeting in March.
    This summer’s Chautauqua is shaping up to be the best ever.

    Police officer brought to rights
    Constable Gotschow was the victim of an actor’s part at the Work Theater one weekend evening, past. One of the actors took his place in the audience at the opening of the show and, at the scripted time, he arose in his eat and commenced to deride the actors on stage while making a grand clamor. Constable Gotschow, standing at the rear, walked down the aisle to where the man was cutting up and shouted that he was going to eject him from the house. The man whispered in the policeman’s ear to “lay off”, that it was all a part of the play. The audience quickly grasped the situation and the laugh that went up caused the over-zealous officer to slip away, cringing, as soon as possible.
    How long it may be before Constable Gotschow returns to the theater is not known.

    Snippets from around the area…

    • Dr. H. N. Yates, Physician and Surgeon, has redone his office in the Hollenbeck Block of Pacific Grove on Lighthouse. House calls made. Ask the operator for Red 141.
    • Miss Callie Armstrong, Trained Nurse, is practicing at 209 Forest avenue, Pacific Grove. Nurse Armstrong’s specialties included Electric Vibratory Massage, Electric
      Light Treatments, and Medicated Baths. Call Main 114 for an appointment.

    And your bill amounts to …
    • Burlingames grocery is offering fresh, canned olivesPer tin, 20¢.
    • Finish the winter by eating lots of canned vegetables. Green beans, sliced carrots, or one of each, 25¢ for two cans.
    • Enjoy all you can eat at the Pacific Grove buffet. Open 11:30 to 2:30 and 5:30 to 7:30. 50¢ per person, lunch. 75¢ per person, supper. Prices include beverage and dessert items.
    • Phillips & Lawrey has just set up for summer repairs with a new stock of paint. Purchase a gallon of M. W. & Co enamel paint for $2.50 and receive a quart of M. W. & Co machine oil, absolutely free.

    Author’s Notes
    1. For more on the Manuel case, see the “Top Hats’ article for the previous week.
    2. Southern Pacific had its own agendas for these “educational” endeavors. After a decade of being in the control of the buccaneering Union Pacific, the United States Supreme Court was about to order the Union Pacific to divest itself of all interests in the Southern Pacific. SP wished to catch up on the lost decade. Also, SP was clandestinely working with government interests to prepare for pre-WWI governmental control of railroads.
    3. Being both “fresh” and “canned” seems a bit of an oxymoron.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on February 24, 2012

    Topics: Columns & Contributors, High Hats and Parasols


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