• Hats, 2/27/15

    Main line
    More than 800 party-goers die
    A Chicago-registered steamer, chartered to transport pleasure seekers to a day-long picnic, turned on its side and sank Saturday in the Chicago River. The ship had been engaged to transport more than 2,500 Western Electric Company employees, family, and friends to a festive outing. The SS Eastland was one of five ships chartered to carry passengers across Lake Michigan to Michigan City, Indiana, for the celebration. Already top heavy, the Eastland capsized when passengers rushed to one rail to wave farewells. The ship rolled over, throwing topsiders into the river. An additional 800 people were trapped below decks, where they drowned. An investigator reported that no one seemed at fault, but that the aging ship appeared to suffer a design problem.

    San Francisco prepares for exhibition
    San Francisco is ready for the grand Pacific-Panama celebration planned for 1915. The grand entryway is a night-time blaze of colored lights. Such well-knowns as Buffalo Bill Cody, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Henry Ford, Charlie Chaplin, Michael H. De Young,1 and the astounding aviator Art Smith will be on hand at one time or another. Visitors will have the opportunity to view moving picture exhibitions of such sights as Yellowstone’s geysers. A light show will be presented each evening outside the rotunda. The very latest in music will be performed intermittently by a variety of music groups. Dancers will throng the pavilions. Estimates of attendance suggest that as many as twenty million visitors may enjoy the activities.

    Brains beaten out
    Antonio Terrose, who during the opening of the Pacific-Panama Exhibition attacked a man he accused of trying to extort $1,800 from him, had revealed having received several Black Hand letters sent out to him during the past several months. Terrose was subsequently attacked and killed by Philip Puma. Reports indicated that Terrose’s brains were beaten out with the butt of a rifle. A double barreled shotgun was recovered from the home of Puma, with blood and scars in the stock consistent with damage caused by severely beating someone. Terrose’s body, with its shattered skull, was taken to the morgue for a thorough examination. A continuing investigation revealed that Puma was not only the source of the Black Hand letters, the accused had been engaged in an on-going affair with Terrose’s wife. Puma is believed to be a high up in the Black Hand Gang, a group of no-gooders engaged in seeking payment in ex

    Wilson appoints Lamar
    Commissioner appointed former Congressman W. B. Lamar of Florida to serve as the United States Commissioner to the Pacific-Pan American Exhibition. Mr. Lamar, soon to move to San Francisco, will represent the United States Government in all Exhibition affairs for the remainder of the year. Lamar has promised a visit to the Pacific Grove area.

    More talk about light
    The Pacific Grove Trustees met on Monday with all members present, excepting J. K. Paul who is confined at home by illness. City Clerk F. S. Johnston read a communication advising that the acceptance of rate applications by the Monterey County Board of Water Works and services has been delayed until June. Pacific Grove will not know whether power rates can be raised until that time. A communication from Will E. Wright was also read, requesting the installation of gas and electric service at his home. The request was tabled until June. Edward Berrick then spoke, saying that Cypress Park was in bad need of attention. Berrick said that the park was fast turning into an eyesore. Trustee Finch agreed to look into the matter. An invitation to the coming 4th of July celebration at Santa Cruz was read. A magnificent display of fireworks was promised. The city clerk was instructed to reply to Santa Cruz with a thank you. The setting in of street lights at various locations around town such as at Lover’s Point was discussed. The Coast Valley Gas & Electric was asked to prepare a full report, including costs for installation and service to be heard during the first March meeting.

    Side track
    Tidbits from here and there…

    • Miss Kate Collins has returned from a holiday trip to the San Francisco area.
    • Mrs. Stringham, of Berkeley, is a visitor in our fair city. Mrs. Stringham plans a trip around the Seventeen Miles Drive.
    • Mrs. C. A. Cattler has been chosen as replacement teacher for the Pacific Grove High School’s Department of Domestic Sciences. Cattler replaces Mrs. Eidola who has moved to Lincoln, California.
    • The City of Pacific Grove is reported to have the sum of $16,200 in its general fund.
    • Mrs. Hearst is now paying for train riders going between Asilomar and Monterey. The convention of the Young Women’s Christian Association will be held at Asilomar. Trains will run every fifteen minutes. Mrs. Hearst is a great supporter of both Asilomar and the YWCA.

    And the cost is …

    • Rexall has developed a new foot powder that removes odor, aches, tiredness, or swollen feet. Purchase for 35ȼ a tin at Hitchcock Drugs.
    • Do you want to own the best suit for the least money? We’ll relieve your suit anxiety by hand tailoring a three-piece outfit for just $20. Call for a measurement appointment. Ask for Main 375. H. P. Brown & Co. Suit material is made from Rochester-area sheep clippings and brought in from Rochester, N.Y.

    Author’s notes …

    1. De Young was a wealthy San Franciscan who graduated from Heald College, San Francisco, worked as a journalist, and then headed the Associated Press. Young donated funding for the De Young Museum which opened at the Exhibition.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on February 27, 2015

    Topics: High Hats and Parasols

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