• Hats, 3/6/15

    Congress affirms new park
    After a lengthy debate, Congress has at last established the Colorado area around Long’s Peak as a national park to be named Rocky Mountain National Park. At the park’s epicenter, Long’s Peak stands more than 14,000 feet high and is considered one of the most dramatic viewpoints in the nation. More than 1,000 climbers try reaching Long’s Peak summit each summer season. The area is famed for its yellow-belly marmots and pikas.1 Other wildlife include deer, elk, bear, mountain lions, big horn sheep, and moose. The Never Summer Mountains guard the west side of the park. Grand Lake attracts a myriad of fishers. The remains of Paleo-Indians more than 10,000 years old can be found. In 1880, gold was discovered and miners flocked to the area. After the ore petered out, the town established—named Deutschland—folded and became a ghost town. Lord Dunraven, the émigré from Ireland who became United States Secretary of the Interior, led the struggle to create a park. Plan to travel by rail!

    Typhoid Mary infects 25
    Mary Mallon—also known as Typhoid Mary—had been warned by a typhoid researcher, George Soper, that she was a carrier of typhoid fever,2 but Mary had to find work. Being a skilled chef, Mary went from restaurant to restaurant and family to family until she wound up working at an Oyster Bay facility where several people became ill and others died. That was when the Health Department enlisted Sara Josephine Baker to do an investigation. Miss Baker traced Mary’s work history and found the dead or the dying at every step of the way. Twenty five fatalities have thus far been established. Assigning Mary Mallon the nickname Typhoid Mary, Baker classified Typhoid Mary’s trying to conceal herself as a carrier to be a criminal act. In court, Typhoid Mary was remanded into quarantine for the remainder of her life. In addition, Mary has been barred from ever again serving as a cook.

    D. W. Griffith film coming to Centennial
    Requiring 133 minutes to run, the time varied according to intermissions, the grand spectacle of The Birth of a Nation will flicker across the Centennial’s screen beginning Saturday, next. Miss Henrietta Wilcox will perform the score on a grand piano hauled into the theater for the occasion. The story focuses on the post-civil war development of two families. The story is based on the book The Clansman by T. F. Dixson. The musical score was composed by Joseph Carl Brail. When the Civil War begins, a son from each family enlists in respective armies. A black militia, under command of white officers, ransacks the southern family’s home. Hero Ben Stoneman is wounded after a cavalry charge at Petersburg Hill. He is rescued by Southern soldiers and taken to a hospital where he meets and falls for a nurse. A problem intervenes. Stoneman is told that Yankees are coming and Stoneman will be hung. Elsie, Stoneman’s mother, travels to Washington where the mother hopes to see President Lincoln and request a pardon. The son of the Northern family is working there. Can he be persuaded to help? Tickets to this memorable extravaganza are 50ȼ each. No discounts for children. Five cents off each ticket on early purchases from the Culp Bros or from the Emporium.

    Join the fight against 8 hour law
    Field workers choose to labor fifteen hours daily. Postal workers choose to labor from 10 to 12 hours daily. Store clerks are on the job 12 hours each day. And now our state legislator plans to limit all workers to an eight hour day? Nonsense! A worker should be allowed to decide for himself the number of hours to work. You are encouraged to let Sacramento know your stand on this outrageous invasion of personal rights. And business people should be alerted. If the 8 hour working day is voted into law, wages will have to be doubled, even tripled to allow your typical family to exist.

    Side track
    Tidbits from here and there…

    • Alfred Hauser can make your mattress like new. Phone 491J and request an estimate,
    • Pacific Grove autoists should be prepared at all time to be stopped by one of the

      road detectives appointed by the state.

    • Attorney James C Phalen, San Jose, has agreed to speak at this summer’s Chautauqua.

    And the cost is …

    • We have a new supply of women’s washday dresses. The color and styles make these dresses suitable for street wear. Made from heavy Muslim. $1.95. Shop the Emporium!
    • Strong & Camp is offering a spacious cottage for seasonal rental. Completely modernized. $25 per week.
    • The Good Roads Club is raising funds by sponsoring a drawing for a brand new six passenger Mitchell. The car is on display at Winston’s Garage. Purchase tickets from Long & Gretter’s Drug Store. $1 each ticket or 5 tickets for $4.
    • Kodak finishing. 50ȼ a roll. Price discounted for bad pics. Free film replacement. Mail your film to Kodak, San Jose.

    Author’s notes …
    1. Pikas are rock rabbits that resembled ground squirrels.
    2. Typhoid was commonly called Nervous Fever in 1915. A major outbreak occurred at the Sloan Hospital for Women, NYC, where Mary had been hired as cook.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on March 6, 2015

    Topics: High Hats and Parasols

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