• Hats, 5/23/14

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    Talking movies weird
    What is playing at the Opera House is a combination of startling and weird, never mind the show. And there is no longer a need for organist or pianist. That’s because sound is coming right out of the film. Musical tracks are becoming ever more popular, and those voices seem to emit right from the speakers’ mouths. Yes, you see the moving pictures and you hear the voices. The change of program at each performance allows groups to form fan clubs for regular attendance fun. For instance, there is a Tuesday afternoon group, Mad Hatters, who are admitted on the basis of discounted seats. Come negotiate for your group. Regular prices range from 25¢ to 35¢. Tuesday matinees are 20¢. This is a wonderful venue to take a date or friend. Mark Hannah, manager.*

    Judge barred from court
    Maurice T. Dooling, the new judge of the first division of the United States District Court, northern district of California, was forbidden to enter his own courtroom, as reported by the San Francisco Chronicle. Of course, this turned out to be a misunderstanding.
    Judge Dooling, dressed as usual in a plain business suit and wearing a negligee shirt, had elbowed his way through the dense crowd thronging the corridor leading to the courtroom where the Diggs-Caminetti trial is being held. As the judge tried to pass through the opening leading into the courtroom and past the barrier that had been put up to restrain the crowd, he was held up by Tom Rodgers, a caretaker* who had been detailed to assist the deputy marshals and police in maintaining order in the corridor.
    “Here, where do you think you’re going,” demanded Rogers of the judge.
    “I should like to go into court and see Attorney Roche for a moment,” replied Dooling modestly.
    “Not so I know it, unless you get permission from that big fellow over there,” retorted Rogers, pointing to the tall figure of Deputy Marshal Paul Arnerich.
    Arnerich turned around and immediately recognized Judge Dooling.
    “Why, of course you can go into your own court, Judge,” and Dooling was allowed to pass.
    Rogers face assumed an expression of thoughtfulness and he was remarkably quiet for the rest of the morning.
    All of which goes to explain why one man becomes a judge and the other remains a caretaker.*

    Assistant Appraiser Appointed
    Mr. Campbell Wittier was recently appointed to the position of Assistant Appraiser of Merchandise at San Francisco. The appointment was forecast months ago.

    Review is tops
    Read the Pacific Grove Review regularly. The Review contains as much local, state, and national news as any newspaper in Monterey County.

    Assassins still on loose
    Earlier, it was reported by Japanese newspapers that as many as one hundred would-be, trained assassins have been dispatched into Japan by China. Their targets include revolutionary figures fleeing China such as Dr. Sun Yat Sen and writer Huang Sing. This action was taken by Provisional President Shaun Kai, and has thus far met with no reported success. China denies the charge.

    AAA acts
    The California version of the American Automobile Association has finally taken action to test some of the inundation of state auto mobile laws, including the prohibition against “making” one’s own license plate and speeding restrictions. Member Percy E. Town caused himself to be arrested for “speeding” to test state laws for driving at regulated speeds. Percy was arrested and fined $15 or fifteen days in jail.
    Attorneys for the AAA argued that most auto mobiles don’t travel adequately fast to present a clear and constant danger. Further, most drivers have the common sense to drive slowly under hazardous conditions, desiring to do no damage to their auto mobiles or to involved persons.
    Immediately, a writ of Habeas Corpus was obtained from Chief Justice Bealty of the state supreme court, himself an auto mobile owner.
    Town had been selected by the Association for the purpose of acting as “Guiney pig” to test the constitutionality of the state’s auto mobile laws.
    That wish has now been fulfilled. The question of whether the State has the right to impose such laws will be addressed. A court date will be set.

    Side tracks … tidbits from here and there
    Where can $16 bring you $20 to $30 worth of rewards? Your money can … invested with the E. Cooke Smith bank.
    Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Bairos left today on a visit with friends in Oakland, San Francisco, and Berkeley. They were accompanied by little Miss Margerite Authenon of Oakland who has been their guest for several weeks.
    The Big Pope Twin bicycle can be viewed at Wright’s Hardware Store. Ask Manager M. Wright how he likes his new Big Pope.
    Mr. and Mrs. Frank P. Condon have returned to their home in Los Angeles after visiting relatives here.
    New Grove Suit Cleaning Works. We don’t wet clean, we dry clean … which means spiffier clothes for you and our prices are right. *
    Mr. W. R. Tavernetti from Gonzales was in the Grove on business.

    And the cost is …
    See the talkies at the Opera House. The Social Set is now playing. 25¢ To 35¢. Lap children free.
    Your house of comfort in San Francisco. The Hotel Manx. Conveniently located. We are the best and most popular. $1.50 per night without private bath. Chester W. Kelly, Manager.

    Notes from the author …
    There tended not to be much music at first because movie magnates were convinced having to listen to a musical soundtrack would ruin the show. The eventual advent of musicals altered this perception.
    A caretaker was an “unsworn” guard, the equivalent of today’s security officer. Rogers was more generally stationed at the San Francisco Post Office.
    This story, first published in the Chronicle, also appeared in the Salinas Index and other papers, and became the laughing stock, have-some-fun piece of the day.
    Oddly enough, the “dry” cleaning process was “wet”. The difference was that chemicals replaced wash water, but the erroneous image of the process fell into lasting vogue.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on May 23, 2014

    Topics: High Hats and Parasols

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