• High Hats and Parasols, December 4th, 2012

    Packed excursion to Apple Annual
    There was a bulging turnout of Grove people gathered at the depot this morning intent on traveling to Watsonville to enjoy the Annual Apple Festival.  One car was filled to capacity and a second car filled after the train paused in the old capitol to take on another merry crowd of festival-goers.  The train departed the Grove right at 8 o’clock this morning amid much whistle blowing and bell ringing.  The excursionists are expected to arrive back home in a much quieter fashion Sunday evening between 6 and 7 o’clock.

    The vanishing sea cow
    While the sea cow, or manatee, is an extremely popular curiosity, the creature is – alas – rapidly nearing extinction.  One of the largest fish that has ever inhabited the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and surrounding environs, the sea cow was found in great numbers a century ago, and even a few years back the creature was still quite plentiful in certain localities.
    It is very gentle for a large fish, and easily captured in heavy nets which are usually stretched across the mounts of rivers emptying into the ocean.  The flesh is delicious and brings a high price at market, having a strong resemblance to the finest veal.  The skeleton is valued at $100 or more, and the skin – properly removed and tanned – fetches a like amount.
    This fish often grows from ten to twelve feet in length and weighs about 2,000 pounds.  It is so gentle, it will not strike any craft fishing for it, and when hooked it shows no resistance whatsoever.
    It is safe to say that in the next quarter of a century, this creature will be extinct.  It lives wholly in salty water, eats vegetation, and hangs out near the mouths of rivers. 1

    The Spell of London
    The greatest of modern French poets, Paul Verlaine, fell instantly under the spell of London, even though he came to it as an exile hoping to earn a wretched living as a teacher of the French language.
    “As a whole,” he wrote, “London came to me most unexpected, and a hundred times more amusing than Italy or Paris or the banks of the Rhine.  The docks are exceptionally wonderful, a sort of Carthage and Tyre mishmash, all rolled into one.2  No matter, this incredible town, this incredible conurbation is very black, as black as a crow, and noisier than a duck.”
    In Verlaine’s view, London has no more remarkable monuments than its docks.  For those interested in visiting London, contact Paul Verlaine and receive excellent literature.

    Notice to creditors
    In the Superior Count of the State of California, in and for the County of Monterey, in the matter of the estate of Ada L. Mann, deceased, notice is hereby given by the undersigned administrator of the said estate that within four months after the first publication of this notice the distribution of the estate shall be made public at the law offices of H. G. Jorgensen, Esq. in the Rowe Building.  Leave word with Jorgensen to be kept up to date.

    Chili con carne (with meat)
    Dear Editor: The facts stated herein are in response to the quip published in your paper which reads as follows: “If you have a bit of news, send it in / Or a joke that will amuse, send it in / A story that is true, send it in / An incident that’s new, send it in.  Remember always, ESHOWE.”
    Now it may not be known what ESHOWE stands for, but it is seen on the front gate at 122 17th street in the Grove.  I can tell you, however, that this word is the name of a town located in South Africa.  It is there that L. B. Denman and his family resided for 14 years.  Upon returning home, the family first set up housekeeping at 162 19th street, Grove, where there is a cottage with the suggestive but erroneous sign over the door: “Seldom Inn”.
    Mr. and Mrs. Denman fetched home with them a recipe for chili containing a bounty in meat.  At noon, a steaming bowl of this chili would be offered with beverage at a price of 25¢ per bowl.  This was before the admonition was added to the Review’s poetical effort: “If you want a recipe hot and fair, see Denman!”

    Snippets from around the area…

    • Principal Pearl Huyck reminds all parents to prepare themselves and their children to be out of school during the holidays.  Teachers are being asked to make up packets of instruction for home study.
    • The Pacific Grove Review is prepared to furnish engraved calling cards on short notice at San Francisco prices.  If you have a plate, bring it in.  If you are in need of a plate, we will make it for you.  Engraved wedding invitations are also furnished at city prices.
    • Buy by the sack or in one-ton lots.  This is hot stuff for stoves, grates, and furnaces.  Your first sack is free as a trial order.  Rocky Mountain Coal from the Pacific Improvement Co.

    And your bill amounts to …

    • I hold 95 acres given over to the growing of oranges within Lake County.  Part of this land is irrigated.  Your purchase of this property will result in good and steady income.  My mortgage amounts to $3,000 and my equity is $1,000.  Pay me my equity and take over payments on mortgage.  Contact TJ at the Review office in Pacific Grove.
    • Point Lobos abalone, delicious and appetizing, sold to you by your local grocer after your order is received.  $1.50 by the flat.
    • Can you solve the mystery?  A wrapped “dime” may be held within one of the loaves of bread you purchase from the Grove Bakery.  On special this week, 12 loaves cost just $1.

    Author’s Notes

    1. The 1912 author proved a bit pessimistic about the future of the manatee.  This creature still prospers at locations around the world.
    2. By Carthage and Tyre, Verlaine referred to the trade quarrels occurring between the two locations in ancient Greece.

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

    posted to Cedar Street Times on December 4, 2012

    Topics: High Hats and Parasols

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