• Hats, 2/20/15

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    Ladies lose … again
    Word has come from the capital city that the submitted bill to legalize the female vote has been rejected. Starting in the 1870s, with attempts to being authorized to determine whether or not to bear children, suffrage has been adopted in such areas as Australia and New Zealand, but has failed to take hold in this nation. Suffragist Marguerite Sanger states that certain decisions, such as the decision to bear children, should not be unilaterally the husband’s. Sanger has sworn to continue working for women’s rights. Local women’s rights advocates have announced a meeting Saturday afternoon, next, to be held in the nave at Saint Mary’s-by-the-Sea. Pre-registration is not required but encouraged to provide a headcount in the preparation of refreshments. Cookies and punch will be enjoyed afterward. If the bill had passed, President Wilson said that he had reached no decision about signing.1

    (Very) long distance call
    Alexander Graham Bell was on hand to demonstrate the power of his telephone device by making another long distance call. The call would extend coast to coast: from San Francisco in California to Cambridge in Massachusetts, imitating a call made twenty-five years ago. Mr. Bell would be on hand at the Massachusetts end. Mr. Bell’s former assistant, Mr. Tom Watson, would manage things at the western terminus. The call required twenty plus minutes to connect, using five operators stationed along the calling route to create connections. It should be noted that the call was a demonstration. No actual user would be inclined to invest the connection time required.

    PG licenses unchanged
    The Pacific Grove Board of Trustees met Wednesday with Trustees A. J. Bunker, J. K. Paul, W. J. Gould, and G. G. Finch answering to roll call with present, and being accounted for.
    Mr. Noak, representing the Coast Valley Gas & Electric Company, was the first to step forward. Mr. Noak presented the numbers on what the Grove’s board would be charged for electric service during the coming year. The proposed rate was 8ȼ per kilowatt hour per bulb. However, Noak presented the board with the option of paying $1 per day for all of the board’s bulbs, collectively, allowing for the addition of a dozen bulbs over the next year. Mr. Doolittle, who is putting in for himself a wind machine, said that he would be pleased to provide the board with power more cheaply than the company could. Mr. Doolittle said that he was able to transport his power for a distance of about 100 yards. After some discussion, the Trustees decided to say thanks, but no to Mr. Doolittle, on account of the short distance and the irregularity of his power supply. Too, most trustees prefer AC to DC power. Paul noted that on some days there might be no wind at all. Asked about an increase in rates, Mr. Noah said that permission must be gained from the Railroad Commission before any increase could be implemented.2
    Trustee Graham said that he had chatted with Mr. T. A. Work, who is installing—at his own expense—a sidewalk on the west side of Grand Avenue. Graham indicated that quite a bit of cash could be saved by hiring the same crew to install the east side simultaneously. After discussion, the matter was referred to the street committee, which was given the power to act.
    City clerk C. S. Johnstone, who has been researching the purchase of manhole covers, reported that he has come up with a workable model at a price of $8.75 each. At present, a PG home sales license costs $20 per year. Tiring after a long night, the Trustees unanimously decided to leave the peddling fee unchanged.

    For sale or exchange
    A faithful reader, recently widowed, has been forced to put up for sale a seven room home centrally located in Pacific Grove. Newly gassed and electrified, the home is well located and features an indoor bath. Water available at the kitchen sink. Will consider trade for smaller home or an automobile for down, with terms. Owner is also interested in unimproved acreage. Interested? Leave word with the Pacific Grove Review.

    Moose sponsor music
    At their last meeting, the Loyal Order of Moose agreed to improve the rather coarse image of their secret society by sponsoring a music event. Last evening, the Moose agreed that the event will be held on a Saturday afternoon, and will feature Mr. Dominic Flemistigo, a well-known soloist. Mr. Flemistigo will perform Beethoven’s First.

    Side track
    Tidbits from here and there…

    • Mrs. Dora Beardsley has returned from Watsonville where she has been visiting with close friends.
    • The Monterey Emporium has notice of a sale placed on page 4, this issue, that is certain to be greeted with joy by our lady readers. Need to travel? Buy something and the Monterey Emporium will pay for your street car fare.
    • Make an appointment to test drive a Maxwell at Culp Bros. Garage. Our 1914 model is discounted to $975.

    And the cost is …

    • Are you expecting? Haven’t you been expecting to open a bank account? Get your money out from under your mattress and over to the Bank of E. Cooke Smith. The sum of $1 is all that’s required to open an account. Free deposit slips and checks. While you’re handy, rent a safe deposit box for only $2.50 yearly.
    • Need a sign? Saunt & Buchannan can do the work! Standard 3’ X 4’ size, only $2.75. Odd-shape estimates given free. Connect with Red 275.
    • Get real! Grab a real estate loan from Strong & Camp. Our one loan price for all is 4%. Also, cottages for rent starting at $15 weekly.

    Author’s notes …
    1. Probably the politic thing to say. Neither side gets upset.
    2. DC current, Edison’s preferred, can only be moved for short distances. AC, Tesla’s favorite, can be moved long distances.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on February 20, 2015

    Topics: High Hats and Parasols

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