• Hats, 6/13/14

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    Presidio troops may be ordered to border with Mexico
    Soldiers stationed at the Presidio of Monterey should be on the alert. The word is that these men may be ordered south to take up positions along the Mexican border. The international problem exacerbated when a United States soldier, Private Parks, disappeared while on guard duty at a site near Mexico. Parks’ horse was found peacefully grazing on the United States’ side of the guard site, but the soldier was nowhere to be discovered. Kidnapping is suspected.
    As a result of the incident, the Mexican delegation to Washington D. C. were notified by the Huerta government that the delegates were being recalled. The United States retaliated by marking the situation “borderline”1 and asking all Mexico’s delegates to depart as quickly as possible. Meanwhile, orders were sent out instructing certain US troops, those from the Presidio of Monterey among them, to prepare for dispatch toward Mexico. Secretary of War Garrison sent word to the Mexican government that these troops will be ready to go into immediate action. Garrison did add, however, that this step should not be viewed as an aggressive measure, but as a procedure to protect United States’ interests in case of additional disputes or conflict. Garrison said that a close watch was being kept on border activities.
    Huerta responded by ordering additional Mexican troops north from Vera Cruz.

    Belmont guilty as charged
    The court has found defendant Claud Belmont guilty as charged. The judge ruled that there was sufficient evidence to decide that Belmont had committed the crimes of which he had been accused, to wit: perjury, fraudulently concealing property with intent to defraud, and masking other assets in the attempt to hinder, and to deny his creditors their rights, claims, and demands.
    Sentencing will take place next week. The wrong-doing is considered a misdemeanor.

    Carranza and Villa split
    Grovians interested in following the melees in Mexico will be interested in learn- ing that General Villa and General Carranza have parted ways. It was learned late last night that General Villa intended to move his troops south to confront General Natera’s forces. Natera had been appointed by Carranza the central district’s commander in chief.
    There would then be two separate governments in Mexico, one civil and one military. General Pancho Villa, however, seems determined to cut out the elements dominated by the Carranza-Natera coalition. It is not doubted that Generals Obregon (Eastern commander) and Gonzales (Western commander) will remain staunch supporters of Carranza.
    General Pancho Villa is reported to have already taken over some of the territory held by several petty generals within Carranza’s echelons.
    Your editor has but one question to pose. Does every soldier involved in the Mexican squabble, hold at least the rank of General?

    Firemen feted
    Members of the Pacific Grove community gathered at the Del Monte Hotel Saturday to greet our firefighters and hand out accolades for a job well done all around. A delicious banquet followed.
    The affair was planned by H. R. Warner, manager of the Hotel Del Monte as well as the Pacific Grove hotel, and details were arranged by Warner’s very efficient assistant, I. W. Foster.
    The banquet was served in the main dining room of the hotel, at one end of which was displayed a large American flag. Sprays of nasturtiums were placed on the full length of the long tables. Displays of various axes, ladders, hooks, fire extinguishers, and other fire-fighting equipment were on prominent display around the hall.
    Dinner began in a robust fashion. Two firemen, attired in fire-fighting gear, burst through a side door, carrying a length of hose, and shouting: “Fire! Fire!” The first impulse was to spring up and go to work, but then, with a laugh, the honored men saw that it was all a joke.
    The truly delicious dinner was made up of relish trays, black olive soup, bread and butter, roast beef, mashed potatoes, asparagus, coffee, and, for dessert, ice cream and cake. 2
    Former mayor J. P. Pryor served as the Master of Ceremonies. Several dignitaries spoke and the event was wrapped up by Mayor A. E. Bunker.

    Conklin dies
    Mrs. Laura E. Conklin, a former resident of Pacific Grove living in Salinas, died in her Salinas home on Wednesday. Conklin had maintained her membership in the Mayflower Congregational church, and traveled here for services nearly every weekend.

    Side tracks … tidbits from here and there

    • Miss Rose Cochrane departed this morning by train to enjoy a visit with friends in Santa Rosa. Rose intends to expand her trip into several communities around the state to visit additional friends.
    • Monterey County is composed of 2,131,200 acres, of which 1,117,116 acres are dedicated to agriculture.
    • Christian church advocates enjoyed a picnic and games Sunday after services. The fete was held at the newly established picnic grounds outside Carmelo cemetery.
    • Mrs. Florence Davis came into town from the ranch on Friday. She intends to occupy the family cottage on Lighthouse for several weeks.
    • Curnow & Curnow “Cash or Credit” grocery offers one price for everything to all: the lowest. We’re at 21 Forest avenue. Phone Black 511.

    And the cost is …

    • Culp Bros. on Lighthouse offers lower prices on Mazda Sunbeam lamps of 60 watts, 100 watts, and 150 watts. Yours for 40¢, 70¢, or $1.10. Put a Sunbeam Mazda in every socket. *
    • The Hamilton coupon special offers 11 bars of Swift’s soap for 50¢. Receive $2.05 in Green Stamps for every half dollar spent.
    • Your Studebaker dealer has just received samples of the 1914 models starting at $450.

    Notes from the author …
    1. Your writer is certain that no pun was intended
    2. Black olive soup? Could this have been a typo, of which there were many during this hand set era. Perhaps it should have been … black olives and soup. Any ideas from the epicureans out there?
    3. The Mazda Sunbeam lamps were actually light bulbs. One had to possess a pedestal or socket for screwing the bulb into for the bulb to be useful. In 1916, the Mazda Sunbeam company expanded into making lamps for automobiles. These were known as “drawn wire lamps” for vehicular use. Later Mazda and Sunbeam separated and both companies attempted manufacturing automobiles, Mazda more successfully.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on June 13, 2014

    Topics: High Hats and Parasols

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