• Hats, 10/17/14

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    New proprietor
    On the first day of this month, W. J. Gould, who also serves Pacific Grove as a trustee, took charge of the Grove’s feed, seed, and wood store. Negotiations had been underway for some time to purchase the business from the person of T. A. Work. These negotiations were brought to a close on the final day of last month, and signatures were applied to the agreement. Work has been unrelenting in his service to the Grove, and deserves a thank you as he vacates his desk. As Mr. Gould has experienced several years of working in similar enterprises, he will undoubtedly experience widespread success in his new endeavor. Mr. Gould invites all to stop in, look around, and partake of some light refreshments. The official grand opening is scheduled for November 1 & 2, 1914. 1

    Factory mistake
    According to management at the Lace House, the Nexas Company has again erred in shipping a double order. This time, it was pillows that were shipped in excess. Rather than go to the trouble of returning the overage, the Lace House plans to offer the unordered merchandise at unheard of prices. Each pillow will be offered at manufacturer’s cost. These are fluffy pillows, made of pure feathers, delightful to sleep on. They are sanitized and a better opportunity to get new goods at such prices cannot be found. Stop in at the Lace House, corner of Lighthouse and 18th, to try a new pillow. It’s the manufacturer’s loss, not yours nor ours!

    Conference coming
    The annual conference of the Methodist-Episcopal church is scheduled for next week, starting Wednesday and running through Sunday. This will be the 19th year the conference has been held in Pacific Grove. 329 churches are presently located within the boundaries of the state. Most have indicated attendance. Bishop Hughes will present early morning sessions each day of the conference. Superintendent Service will close each day’s session. Notable speakers will appear at various occasions. Other times will be reserved for the conduct of business.

    Villa preparing to shell El Paso?
    Word has come from El Paso, Texas, that while the United States’ forces are inactively waiting, troops answering to the Mexican General Pancho Villa have dug trenches and pulled at least 45 cannon into place, preparing for a bombardment. While these cannon and troops are still situated across the border, speculation is that an attack is eminent.
    From the camp of the 6th U. S. Infantry, all is in readiness to strike back. Trusted sources report that Villa is preparing to take on the Americans while these forces are without sufficient cannon, these weapons to arrive by train within the next few days. Lacking adequate artillery at this time, the highest ranking American officers have declared that the United States will have to depend on the superior training of its troops.
    Considerable pressure is being brought to bear by officials in the capitol city for an invasion of Mexico City. The problem is that the constitutionalists seem to be the only force holding Pancho Villa in check.
    Zapata, in command of Mexico City troops, is the sort of man who wants all the glory of a victory to go to himself. Zapata has thus given the United States no authority to invade. Zapata says that the Lord, not the Americans, will provide for a legal Mexico. Zapata has moved his headquarters to a site 40 miles south of Mexico City.
    Rodrigo Quevedo, operating in the Chihuahua area, has sent a threat to the American forces stationed north of there. General Quevedo promises that for each Mexican Rebel killed by either the Constitutionalists or by Americans, Quevedo would order three Americans killed. Quevedo is incensed that the Chihuahua government has asked for the protection of constitutionalists. 2

    Annual breakfast served
    The ladies of the Civic Club served their annual breakfast yesterday. Approximately 80 members attended.
    The busy fingers of the ladies had been working for the past few days preparing the repast. The tables were set in the meeting hall of the Civic Club house. The principal topic addressed by speakers was temperance. One speaker, name withheld by request, said she would like to have the vote before the next election. 3
    The menu was composed of scrambled eggs, creamed chicken, hash brows, asparagus under cheese, toast, and milk or coffee.

    Side track – Tidbits from here and there

    • Edward Berwick has returned from Oakland where he attended a weekend conference on public schools.
    • Your dysentery is cured with the application of JJs dysentery cream It’s for sale by any distributor, or by mail from Snow Hill, South Carolina. 55¢ a tube. If ordering by mail, add 10¢ for shipping and handling.
    • Dr. Maurice Daley and his wife have been visiting the Grove for several days. Rumor holds that Dr. Daley may leave San Jose to practice here. We’ve all got our fingers crossed, Dr. Daley.
    • Ed Norman is now in the employ of W. J. Gould. Norman will be serving as the bookkeeper in charge of Gould’s paperwork and books.
    • Mr. George Fisher, with his wife and his daughter, has returned from a sightseeing trip through the states of New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. On the way home, the Fisher’s laid over in Denver for a brief look-around. Mr. Fisher reported seeing nothing that would tempt him to leave the Grove. His wife agreed.

    And the cost is …

    • The Bank of Pacific Grove is paying 4% on savings. We also provide free checks.
    • Salve for the winter itch. Instant relief will come from the application of Clover’s Salve. Obtain from your drug store for 65¢ a bottle.
    • Rent a safety deposit box from the Bank of E. Cooke Smith for just $2.50 a year. Also, E. Cooke Smith will match the interest paid by any competitor.

    Notes from the author …
    1. Aging, Mr. Work was going into semi-retirement. The Work family still owns several area buildings. W. J. Gould became mayor of Pacific Grove and owned the building in which this newspaper is housed.
    2. An attempted attack on Americans went awry when several U. S. Model T automobiles, with the sparks set to cause backfires, stampeded the Mexican’s horses. Quiet soon followed and Villa took up a more peaceful life on a rancho near Juarez.
    3. Alas, the lady was disappointed. Several years would be required before the female vote won the day.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on October 17, 2014

    Topics: High Hats and Parasols

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