• High Hats and Parasols, April 2nd, 2010

    The News from 100 Years Ago

    Holman’s department store burglarized
    Monterey county sheriff W. J. Nesbitt stepped off the 8 o’clock train in Pacific Grove this morning to investigate the weekend burglary of Holman Company’s store,
    a large dry goods establishment in this seaside city. The burglary is believed to have been accomplished at night or in the early hours of morning. Sheriff Nesbitt intends to assist the Pacific Grove constable with the investigation. The burglars first broke open two tool chests at the site of a nearby residence and
    purloined tools useful to the conduct of the crime. They then obtained a ladder, placed it at a rear window of the store, and climbed inside. Thereupon the burglary commenced.
    Goods taken were removed through an opened back door or the store. The method of transporting any purloined property is not known. The subsequent investigation revealed that no money had been taken. The exact amount of stealing will not be known until management has completed an inventory of stock remaining. Anyone with information to share is asked to contact Sheriff Nesbitt or the Pacific Grove constable’s office.

    Henry Miller at Work Theater
    The Great Divide, which is the most striking dramatic success the American stage has seen in a long while, will be played at the T. A. Work Theater on Monday night only. This news should be received with delight by our readers who are theater lovers, for no drama of recent years has attracted as much attention as this one. For nearly two entire seasons it has drawn crowded houses to the Daley Theater in New York, having been presented in the metropolis nearly 600 times, always to a standing ovation. The road tour is being directed by the actor-director Henry Miller, whose name is inseparably linked with the success of the play1
    The cast was selected by this famous actor-manager with great care, and the production is an exact duplicate of the New Your original. The Great Divide has
    been acclaimed by many critics as the long-awaited, truly-great American theatrical presentation. No other drama has so well reflected the manhood, the freedom, the
    honesty, and the indomitable spirit characteristic of the people of our great country. With the first two acts laid in Arizona and the third act set in Massachusetts, there is offered in contrast two of the most vigorous sections of our land. Prices are $1.50, front, and $1.00, back and balcony.
    Standing room is 75¢.
    Advance tickets available.

    Savings banks bills questionable
    Two new bills, referred to as the savings banks bills, are coming before the public here in Monterey county. The limitations of both bills are such as to make it obvious
    that these bills are drawn up in the interest of the presenters rather than in the interest of the public. The bills read as follows: That deposits may be made at any time in amounts of one dollar, or multiples thereof, but no deposits for less than one dollar shall be received, and no deposit shall be accounted for in an amount larger than one hundred dollars.
    So narrow a limitation must have been conjured up with intent to maintain the usefulness of banks. A depositor holding title to several thousands of dollars would
    find it necessary to carry around multiple bank deposit booklets, which afford the only evidence of a depositor’s holdings. Each booklet would be proof of no more than $100 in holdings.
    Beware! Voting for either of these bills limits the possible total for any one deposit
    book to one hundred dollars. The only benefit will be to the bankers.

    Notes from around the area…

    • For those who do not wish to spend either $1.00 or $1.50 to be entertained, D’s
      theater is offering a delightful array of living, first-run flickers Monday evening.
      Screenings begin at 7 o’clock. Best seats go to first-comers. 10¢ each on
      Monday only. Plan to arrive early<sub<2
    • The Protective Brotherhood of Elks will meet Wednesday evening at Scoble
      Hall, corner of 17th street and Lighthouse. Posted by E. B. Rich, secretary.
    • After lingering between life and death for several days, J. C. Storm, a much
      respected resident, succumbed. Dr. Staples recorded the cause of death as
      related to heart problems.
    • The Grove undertaker and embalmer, available for services day or night, offers
      the free use of his parlor for funerals. 121 Forest. Telephone 273.
    • Mrs. F. J. Salsman will receive piano pupils at 206 Fifteenth in Pacific Grove.

    For sale or rent…

    • The Winston café will offer homemade, fruit pies topped with home-churned ice
      cream. These delights are on special all day Saturday. 15¢.
    • Money saved is money made. Why not make more money now by purchasing
      your flour in 50 pound barrels for $1.75 at Burlingames.
    • Fine lines of new rugs are waiting at J. K. Paul’s furniture store. Prices begin at
      $1.75 for small, throw rugs.
    • Fresh, newly dug, Salinas valley potatoes can be purchased at $1.50 per twenty
      pound bag. See J. T. Kilburn.
    • The Heights Sanitarium, a full service nursing home, is now open to all who are
      referred by a physician. $25 per week. Miss Anna Furlounge, proprietor.

    (Endnotes)
    1 This Henry Miller was the famed actor and director, not the well-known but
    controversial writer who resided in Big Sur between 1944 and 1962. Thespian
    Miller, 1859-1926, was perhaps best known for A Marriage of Convenience
    (1926) and The Havoc (1911). The Great Divide, featuring Byron Beasley and
    Alice Lindahl, scheduled 53 performances for its 1910, post-New York tour.
    Miller continues to be a popular name in Monterey County.
    2 D’s theater occupied a former, flat-floored store outfitted with wooden chairs.
    The D’s proprietor evidently saw the theater as a competitor to T. A. Work’s
    well-established theater. Upon each evening of a quality presentation at Work’s,
    D’s offered a medley of Living Pictures (moving pictures) at steeply discounted
    prices.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on April 2, 2010

    Topics: Columns & Contributors, High Hats and Parasols

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