• High Hats and Parasols, May 26th, 2012

    Presidio troops on edge
    Troops at the Presidio of Monterey are on the sharpest of edges, and justly so. Trouble is afoot in England that may spill over into the United States.
    As significant of the intention of the British government to use drastic measures in case the striking coal miners refuse to accept the minimum wage offering at next week’s conference between them and the mine owners, the 93rd Highlanders 1 have been ordered to put themselves at the ready and proceed to Fort George. The Highlanders have proclaimed themselves prepared to go anywhere at a moment’s notice. Similar orders have been given to other regiments stationed in various parts of the Kingdom.
    In the United States, word has it that our own coal miners are preparing to go out on supporting strike if the British strike is decreed. Such a move would doubtless involve moving troops into coal mining country, such as in the south of Monterey County.

    Mayor Smith unjustly accused
    It was said by one who has wasted much valuable(?) time researching the records that our candidate for Mayor, E. C. Smith, is not a strong candidate and that he should be removed from the ballot.  Alleged figures were presented as if to prove Mr. Smith’s weakness.
    In April, 1902, Smith was first elected a trustee.  Smith earned 113 votes to 104 for Mr. J. H. Osborne, which gave Smith a majority.  In 1908, Smith was again elected, but he then had only two more votes that his opponent, Mr. Rusker.
    The Review desires to call the attention of Mayor Smith’s critic to the fact that if he follows the same line of argument followed in trustee elections he will prove to be dead wrong.  Mr. Smith made an excellent Trustee.  Too, conditions have greatly changed since that first election in 1902.  Smith has always been on the side of the people and is always willing to accede to their wishes in matters concerning community welfare.
    Also, there is the matter of money.  If Candidate Smith’s wishes had been carried out by the board of trustees, Pacific Grove would have been several thousand dollars less in debt than at present, and the burden of taxation would have thus been reduced.  This fact alone will prompt many Grovians to vote for Smith in the coming election and his majority will be so large that there will be no further question as to his popularity as a city official.
    The Pacific Grove Review endorses E. C. Smith for mayor.

    Electric massage can help!
    A famed, California physician recently invented a new sort of massaging machine that is being adopted by thousands of other doctors and health professionals around the country.  Called the Electric Vibrator Massage Unit, this machine can render relief to sore muscles almost instantly.  To use, a medicated, heated cloth is placed on the skin. The clinician then holds the vibrator with both hands and guides it over the clothed portion of the body in small circles. After a few minutes, the cloth is removed, reheated, placed in another position, and the procedure is repeated. Much good is accomplished for skin and the internal organs as well as sore or stiff muscles. The bone structure is also aided. This procedure is especially suggested as valuable for females.

    Move to Work Building
    Mr. J. K. Paul has rented the store space in the T. A. Work building at the corner of Lighthouse and Grand avenues. Mr. Paul intended to move his large stock of furniture and carpets to his new location within a few days. He will construct a gallery at the end of the store to give additional room and will finish the basement for use as a store room for certain lines of goods.
    Mr. Paul also intends to move his undertaking parlor and funerary services into the store on Grand avenue now occupied by Sprague & Doane Paint Shop.

    Caddies wanted
    Manager H. R. Warner of the Hotel Del Monte is seeking to employ caddies for the Del Monte golf course. His ad appears in another column of this issue of the Pacific Grove Review.  This offers a fine opportunity to earn good money and the positions should be quickly filled with active, stylish, older boys and young men. Some knowledge of the game of golf is required.  Training will be provided.  Applications should be made at once, but Mr. Warner does not wish applications from school-age boys without a note of written permission from the boy’s parents.  Parents must give their consent for the boy to accept the situation, if offered.

    Snippets from the area!

    • A reminder! The Pacific Grove Athletic Association meets regularly on the second Wednesday of each month. Meetings begin at 5:30. Refreshments served. Visitors welcomed. Jay Nash, president. Margaret Searle, secretary-treasurer.
    • Wanted! Young men or boys to serve as Caddies at the Del Monte golf course.  Must have bow tie and cap.  See Manager H. R. Warner, who intends on making this course the finest in California.  School-age boys must bring written evidence of parents approval. A handsome, daily wage is paid, plus tips.
    • Mr. E. B. Rich has announced his plans to ask the Grove’s Board of Trustees to appoint him to the position of city marshal and tax collector.
    • Mr. E. Shillingsburg, District Passenger Agent for the Southern Pacific, has received the schedules and rates of fare for this summer’s excursion tours. An inquiry addressed to him will be given prompt attention by an experienced passengerman2 and bring to your home by mail all the information you desire about any trip.
    • Mrs. M. Callie Armstrong has recently returned from Chicago where she studied massage and use of the Electric Vibrator Massage Unit. Mrs. Armstrong is now open for business in Pacific Grove. Her clinic is located at 209B Forest avenue where she also specializes in medicated baths. She is a trained nurse. Check with your own doctor. These gentlemen are certain to recommend Mrs. Armstrong.

    And your bill amounts to …

    • Wood Bros Meats is offering whole chickens, cleaned and gutted and ready for the pot, for 15¢ a pound.
    • Strengthen your financial holdings.  I am offering one share of Standard Oil Company 3 stock for the bargain price of $6,000.  Price slightly negotiable.  Pay or make offer at the Pacific Grove Review office.
    • A profitable business located on Lighthouse avenue is for sale.  At $2,000, this is a real deal if taken soon.  Please inquire at the Daily Review office.

    Author’s Notes

    1. Dubbed “The Thin Red Line”, the 93rd was famed for the Battle of Balaklava and notorious for the murder of more than 2,000 Indian partisans. The threat of its use against the coal miners was probably for publicity. However, trouble between the British government and the coal miners continued until the 1980s. No US troops were ever involved.
    2. Passengerman was an early 1900s term for ticket agent.
    3. Just a few months earlier, the Supreme Court had judged the Standard Oil Company, which controlled 85 percent of the world’s petroleum businesses, to be monopolistic and had ordered its breakup into 34 separate companies, including Mobil and Exxon.  Most Standard Oil Company stock, however, was held “in trust” by a conglomerate of nine families headed by the Rockefellers.  This single share might have been a “gift” to someone of importance to the oil company.  Perhaps, in 1912, this individual was attempting to “unload” the stock before the breakup.

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


    posted to Cedar Street Times on May 26, 2012

    Topics: High Hats and Parasols


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