• Hats, 8/12/11

    Chautauqua off to good start
    This year’s Chautauqua is moving right along. The Sabbath was a day full of interest. In the morning, a crowded Love Feast was held, and this good old-fashioned institution drew out some three hundred testimonials written by people from all parts of the State in preparation to attending this year’s events.
    “It is good to be here again,” wrote many returning participants.
    At 11 o’clock, the bishop spoke, bringing the very essence of Christianity to Chautauqua and impressing upon all listeners the intense importance of embracing Christianity, and also impressing on the audience the compared value of Christianity rather than embracing only other interests. The Bishop reminded all that Chautauqua, conceived in New York as a school for training Sunday teachers, became an advocate of Christ even though it is now much more eclectic than in its earliest days. In fact, the Bishop reminded all of the resolution that while Chautauqua certainly would not ignore religion, it would not confuse itself with a religious camp.
    The afternoon was given to a service dedicated to recognizing and honoring members of the conference (and any wives or family members) who might have passed away during the year. In the evening, several deacons and elders were ordained. A rousing sermon focused on the “spirit” of Daniel. A roaring chorus of hallelujahs followed.
    Monday presented no programs, but focused on the routine business of Chautauqua. Reports were heard and resolutions presented, which were accepted or denied.

    Taxes lower this year
    The California State Board of Equalization has fixed the State tax as follows: general fund, 29¢; school fund, 18.4¢; interest and sinking fund, 2¢; university fund, 1¢. The total state tax is 50.4¢. Last year the state tax was 60.8¢, making for a reduction of 10.4¢ this year. The total assessment of all counties upon which the tax is to be levied is $1,107,106,327. I

    Quarrels over travel cost
    Many frequent travelers are objecting to fare increases announced by Southern Pacific. The rate to Chicago, now standing at $73, a $5 increase, is bemoaned as too stiff to be tolerated by many people of limited means. Other fares are also being complained about.
    This newspaper urges you to not wait until you arrive at the depot before learn- ing of price increases. Remember, too, that other customers are waiting to purchase tickets. Don’t force them to wait in line while you argue with the ticket agent over cost. Fare increases are not the fault of this hapless individual; prices are set by administrators much farther up the line. You might consider writing a letter of displeasure to Southern Pacific headquarters. If you are unhappy with the high-ups decisions, you might also cancel your trip or go by motor vehicle or bus.

    Cure for consumption
    Dr. Scott has announced a new way to treat one of man’s oldest and most feared ailments. Scott’s Emulsion, a blend of pure cod liver oil, hypophosphite of lime, soda, and several secret ingredients shows surprising propensity as a treatment for Consumption. On the market only a short while, physicians world-wide have praised Scott’s Emulsion. There is little need to worry about side effects either. Scott’s Emulsion is as palatable as milk.

    And there is more. Much more.
    This wonder drug also seems to work with wasting diseases and chronic coughs. Dr. Scott has explained that its effectiveness is a matter not only of what is in the emulsion, it is also the portions used in mixing.
    Dr. Scott urges you to ask for Scott’s Emulsion at your drug store. You will find it much cheaper that a trip to the doctor’s office. II

    Snippets from around the area…

    • Mary and Jane, two attractive Pagrovian young ladies, had gone to the pavilion with two handsome young men, Jack and John, and chaperones. The next day, talking things over while enjoying sodas at the Grove drug store, said Mary to Jane: “I had a terrible time with Jack. He refused to stop talking.” Said Jane to Mary: “I had a terrible time with John. He refused to talk.” IV
    • Need water? Call on Loomis and Hyman to drill you a splendid well. We drill the “Ohio” way. III
    • Got a good idea? Chester W. M. Smith will assist in obtaining a patent. Send me a postal card and ask for specifics. 217 Sandsome Street, San Francisco.
    • Need insurance? Call on Appleton’s in Pacific Grove.
    • Mr. B. B. McCrosky, visiting in Hollister, was struck and trampled to death by a drunken horseman named Patterson. The city attorney is looking into the mishap.

    And your bill amounts to …

    • I am going modern. You may purchase my one-horse, two-wheeled cabriolet. Will seat two friendly people, crowded together. Only $12.90. Horse not included.
    • Free! Will & Finck Company will send you a complimentary copy of our newest catalog. Just write to us and ask. San Francisco.
    • Dr. Price’s Cream Baking Power has been the standard for more than 40 years. Makes your cooking the best. Bake delicious cakes, biscuits, griddle cakes, and other pastries. $1.05 for a large can. Gunzendorfer, Grocer.
    • The Avenue Store offers California and tropical fruits all summer long. Sweet, juicy Bing cherries, just 2¢ by the pound. General groceries as well. Just give us a call and we will deliver your order, free.
    • Want to look your best? Try the shaving shop across the street from the post office. Hair and sideburns clip, waxing, and shave, 50•.

    Author’s Notes
    I. The Board of Equalization collects California state sales and use tax, as well as fuel, alcohol, and tobacco taxes and fees that provide revenue for state government.
    II. In 1911, cod liver oil was a cure-all. Children often had spoonfuls forced down their throats for virtually any and all ailments. Today, Cod liver oil is widely taken to ease the pain of arthritis. It also has a positive effect on heart and bone. The value of hypophosphite of lime was far less certain than that of cod liver oil, but it was widely used to relieve the moods swings and aches of menopause. This piece probably represents one of the promo pieces paid for by a sponsor, but represented as being news.
    III. The “Ohio” way referred to charging by the linear foot rather than setting a fixed “job” price.
    IV.  Yes, this is a joke. Humor was coming into vogue in both magazines and newspapers. A little bit of something intended to make readers laugh found itself inserted among other items without announcement.

    References: Pacific Grove Review, Monterey Daily Cypress, Del Monte Weekly, Salinas Index, Monterey County Post, Bullions’ Grammar (1890).

    posted to Cedar Street Times on August 12, 2011

    Topics: High Hats and Parasols

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