• Hats, 4/29/11

    Falling tree proves deadly
    Mr. S. Kubo, A Japanese wood chopper and tree specialist, was fatally injured during a work-accident when a heavy oak fell across his abdomen and crushed him.
    The unfortunate laborer had been retained to saw off one of the tree’s lower limbs which had been damaged during the recent storms. Suddenly, the trunk toppled without warning and caught the worker unaware, pinning him. Freedom for the injured man was finally accomplished by friends using pry bars and a team of horses. In response to a summons, Dr. T. C. Edwards went to the scene. The physician did all that was possible to assist the injured, but within four hours of the accident the man died.
    An inquest will be held by Monterey County Coroner J. Pell. I

    Lieutenant West freezes to death in Alaska
    A local resident serving in the United States Army froze to death at an outpost not far from Nome, Alaska, this past week. West was attempting to cut a five-mile trail from a home to a village during one of the severest blizzards ever known there.
    Mrs. Davenport, wife of a deputy United States Marshal, had asked West to cut the trail through the ice and snow to the village of Tis où for her use. Friend West went to work. But when he failed to show up for quite a while, Davenport went out to see what was up. She found her benefactor lying on the ground, totally frozen. The distraught woman walked to the army camp to report that Lieutenant West had died. Enlisted men then volunteered to bring the body in.
    Lieutenant West, stationed at the Presidio and serving with the Twenty-second Infantry, before being transferred to Alaska, was 33 years of age. He joined the army at the outbreak of hostilities with Spain. He had recently gained the rank of second lieutenant. West was known at the Presidio as one of its most popular officers, widely known around the Grove and Monterey. II

    “This Woman and This Man” coming
    “This Woman and This Man”, the most recent play to reach the Peninsula from New York, is coming to town with the original cast, scenery, and electrical effects. While the plot is original in every particular it is never-the-less reminiscent of the magnificent shows “Way Down East” and “York State Folks”.
    The story is of a young woman thrown upon her own resources by a philandering husband to battle with the world. She toils and struggles to support herself and a child. The child was her only benefit from that base husband. By sheer force of character, she compels success for herself, educates her child, and reforms her former husband who is then taken back.
    This play, while serious, has some delightful comedic moments and splendidly- drawn characters. Miss Victorson, in the lead role, achieves her greatest success since playing the role of Tekla Muller in the play of the same name, for which she received unanimous praise. Her child, played by little Elizabeth Coulter, is without peer on the American stage. Will Blair, the husband, ably supports Miss Victorson.
    The production can be seen at the Work Theater beginning Sunday. III

    Estabrook leaves for San Jose
    The Grove’s station master C. R. Estabrook has evidently been doing good work. The Southern Pacific’s management recently chose to promote him to the position of district manager and head telegrapher. Estabrook, who will now be located in San Jose, has been employed by the Southern Pacific for twenty-four years and in charge of the Grove’s operations for the past eight. Estabrook promises to return to the Grove for frequent visits.

    Living pictures to accompany vaudeville
    Friday and Saturday evenings present your only opportunity to see the new form of moving picture entertainment coupled to vaudeville at the Monterey Theater. This change will undoubtedly prove one of the best new entertainments ever. The headline act is Stanton and Beck, the widely-known talking and dancing comedians. The act is a new and novel one and has won considerable praise by both press and public. The Musical Mister White follows as a single act of rare ability featuring the vaudevillian playing multiple musical instruments in a most pleasing manner. The accompanying three reels of moving pictures will be the best ever to play here. There will be no vaudeville or flicks Sunday on account of the opening of the New York Theatre success, “This Woman and this Man”.

    Notes from around the area…

    • Mother Goose plays at the Parish House this weekend. Don’t miss this enter- tainment put on by children from St. Mary’s Sunday school. Some exceedingly pretty pictures have been arranged to back scenes. Marjory Wright from the Presidio and Elizabeth Edwards from the Grove have charming solos. The performance begins promptly at 7:30 Saturday at the Parish House, and a matinee will be offered Sunday at 2:30. A donation of 10¢ is requested.
    • Post cards touting the scenic beauties of the Grove are being released by South- ern Pacific, according to Mr. James Harper, vice president of Pacific Grove’s Board of Trade. Harper said that he hoped that Grovians would assist in the promotion by mailing cards to all their out-of-town friends.

    And the bill amounts to …

    • Ladies’ and gents’ suits cleaned and pressed. Your work is called for and de- livered in a prompt manner. Three items complete with both lower and upper wear and vest at just 90¢ at the New Grove Suit Cleaning and Dying Company. We’re located at 301 Fountain in the Grove.
    • Eggs for hatching are being sold on special for just 2¢ an egg or 22¢ by the dozen. Fertility guaranteed. See W. A. Gordes at Seventeenth and Gibson.

    Author’s Notes
    I.  The coroner’s Jury convened by J. A. Pell called on the testimony of witnesses M. Walsch and L. Yamashitu before rendering a decision of “death by accident”.
    II.  Tis où occupies a sub-artic region fraught with extremely lengthy and cold winters. Temperatures of 50° below zero f. are not abnormal. A soldier from California may not have known how to deal properly with such cold conditions. The area became the setting for the author’s award-winning short story, The “Winter of Her Bones”, first published by Prime Time magazine and republished several times.
    III. The title of the play, “This Woman and This Man” was later borrowed as the title of a popular song by country-western singer Clay Walker.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on April 29, 2011

    Topics: High Hats and Parasols

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