• High Hats and Parasols, January 6th, 2012

    The News From 100 Years Ago

    Chronicle and Review denounce amendments
    It is proposed by our well-meaning, but hysterical legislature that the people of this state shall, by direct legislation, enact into our law twenty-three amendments. However many of these amendments are, in truth, thinly veiled statutes about which the people of California know little or nothing.
    This is because the people of California have heard but one side of each story. The so-called “men of reason” opposing the amendments have not united to put representatives into the field to state their cases, while state officials have been investing both the time and money (which belongs to the state) to promote a one-sided look at the amendments. The amendments about which the most fuss is being made are utterly unfit to be in our constitution at all, or in any form. The amendments are, in fact, statutes which should be denied.
    The campaign for these amendments is a rhetorical campaign in which the orators assume that all virtue is with them, and all who oppose them are unworthy. As a matter of fact, the men of common sense are as patriotic as the most virulent reformers, and much more honest and useful. They favor “progress”, but progress by natural evolution and not by revolutionary fervor for whatever new fad happens along. There is no trick, even of the worst sort, which has not been employed to carry these amendments through.
    For example, when men of reason urge that the wretched “recall” amendments should be divided to permit people to express their separate opinions on the recall of the judiciary, it was sternly refused by the professional politicians currently in the saddle. They wanted whatever votes they could get to recall representatives for whom they care nothing about in order to carry on the terrorizing of the judiciary.
    And that is old-fashioned political trickery of the very worst kind. What California now needs is a reputation not for flightiness, but for stability. We urge you to follow
    the leads of the Pacific Grove Review and the San Francisco Chronicle in saying “no thank you” to accepting these amendments1

    Bible show at the Colonial
    Those interested in Bible drama will be pleased to learn that Manager Clark of the Colonial Theatre has secured the beautiful moving picture “Judas: Christ’s Betrayer!” for showing this weekend. Also on tap is “Tigers vs. Cubs”, which should be seen by all with any interest in the sport of baseball. “A trip to the Artic” follows and is an interesting scenic film. “Mysterious Luggage” is about one of Nick Carter’s exploits, and “Avenged” opens the door to an old-time ghost town occupied by the still-living dead.
    The Colonial is showing four, full-sized reels of rollicking, frolicking films every evening now! This weekend’s entertainment lasts a full hour and twenty minutes.
    Send those catalogues to the outhouse!
    Sears, Roebuck & Co. and Montgomery Wards are surely two of today’s bestknown catalogue houses. However, your editor advises relegating your catalogs to
    some outhouse or another, torn-out pages there to be depended upon to handle the end of business.
    Continuing to shop by mail may also see the local retailers to the end of their business. Our friends and entrepreneurial neighbors must have our business to survive.
    Let’s help them out!2.

    Tripoli to surrender!
    Negotiations are underway for the surrender of Tripoli, expected to be completed and signed by tomorrow. Although the Ottomans ruled, Italy has claimed for a long
    time that Tripoli lay within its zone of influence. Therefore, Italy had the right to preserve order. Under the pretext of protecting its own citizens living in Tripoli from
    the Ottoman Government, it declared war against the Ottomans on September 29, 1911. During skirmishes, three Ottoman war vessels were destroyed in action, and a bombardment followed.
    It is unclear whether any Italian soldiers landed following the bombardment, but the first contingent of the expeditionary forces has definitely left Italy heading for Tripoli. The occupation of Tripoli will commence next week, by the terms of surrender.
    The post office in Tripoli will open tomorrow and newspaper correspondence will be allowed Monday. The Pacific Grove Post Office began accepting mail for Tripoli today.
    Local Italians are ecstatic!

    Snippets from around the area…
    • The Rev. Mrs. M. E. Palmer, the evangelist who was in the Grove some weeks ago, will arrive from Pasadena on Saturday. Her purpose is to conduct an evangelistic meeting at the Mission Baptist Church.
    • Capt. H. O. Williard of the United States Cavalry is packing up to depart the Grove. He has been here on leave visiting Miss Hollenbeck, but whether anything has been made of their trysting is unknown. Williard will leave to rejoin his troop in San Francisco, and from there sail to Hawaii. Miss Hollenbeck indicated that she plans to visit the Captain in Hawaii in about a month.

    And your bill amounts to …
    • Special admission price for the Colonial Theatre’s weekend moving film show is 10¢ a seat. Come early. The curtain rises at exactly 7:30.3
    • Need fresh, clean water? Try a Snell Water Filter. See at Strong & Camp. $7.35.

    Author’s Notes
    1. Eh? Politicians of a century ago seem to speak as unclearly as politicians are inclined to speak today. How many of the 23 amendments can you name even after reading the editorial as many times as you like? Hyperbole stands in high demand. Only “recalling the judiciary” seems clearly stated, but what those poor judges did to deserve recall is unclear.
    2. Montgomery Ward operated as a mail order and department store retailer from 1872 until 2001. Today, it handles only network accounts on-line. Sears, Roebuck & Co. operated from 1886 until the present, but is currently showing signs of financial weakness. Today’s “little store” enemies are the “big box” retailers such as K Mart and Wal-Mart, and e-mail sales.
    3. The regular cost for a Colonial pictures showing was 15¢ a seat.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on January 6, 2012

    Topics: Columns & Contributors, High Hats and Parasols


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