• High Hats and Parasols, February 15th, 2013

    Windbreak argument continues
    At this week’s meeting to again discuss a windbreak, there seemed to be a unanimous feeling of animosity for the idea.  W. H. Fletcher advocated purchase of land for a park with playground equipment, but “not one red cent for a windbreak”.  He suggested that in a wind strong enough to matter, the windbreak trees would all blow down.  C. K. Tuttle said the purchase of land for a park should be accomplished before playground equipment is considered.   The Rev. Joseph Wilkes said that he stood against a windbreak, but favored a park.  He said the city funds left over from construction of a storm waterway in the amount of $13,000 would be well spent invested in a park.  F. A. Work suggested establishing a park and planting a lot of trees throughout.  Mrs. E. L. Hollingsworth said that Pacific Grove was in the midst of a lovely forest and more trees were not needed, even for a windbreak.  But Mrs. Habbitt said that she was very much in favor of a park and hoped the trustees did not repeat the biggest mistake in history, which was the failure to purchase the Bathhouse when it was on the market.  E. L. Buck was the only individual to speak in favor of a windbreak.  Buck said that he was from Nebraska where windbreaks were planted at intervals throughout the growing fields.  He said they worked out quite well.  The third and final discussion meeting will be convened soon.  Keep it in mind and plan now to attend.

    C. H. Harris in business
    Mr. C. H. Harris has gone into business as an insurance, real estate, and house-renting agent.  Formerly a notary public, Harris intends to continue that line of endeavor.  Harris says that he holds a lengthy list of homes, both “for sale” and “for rent”.  Vacation cottages are available for as little as ten dollars a week.  Harris represents many other types of property as well as small farms here and there.

    Information by telephone
    People are not leaving as much to chance in these modern days of the telephone.  Even many farms are as reachable as community homes. Just tell the operator whom you want to be connected with and soon you will be chatting like you were in the same room.  When a call comes in, be careful of the number of rings.  Many phones are party lines.  There are also questions to be asked of your friends as well as about telephone service.  Yes, you can call long distance for a slightly higher fee.  Just tell the operator what you want.  Want to know the correct time?  Ask your operator.  Want to know what’s happening at the theater?  Ask your operator.  In fact, there’s a world of information available to you.  Just ask your operator. 1

    Dead by beating
    Unconscious from a severe beating and with his money missing, a man was found last night lying in the railroad yards.  The man died before medical services could be rendered.  His identity has not been determined.  Constable G. A. Cano was making his nightly rounds when he made the gristly discovery.  The man ha d a slight chance of recovery at that time.  Cano at once had the man taken to hospital, but with no avail.  It is assumed that the stranger was the victim of a vicious attack by two or more ruffians.  His head was beaten almost into a state of non-recognition and he bore several other wounds including stab wounds.  Investigators are visiting known gambling sites to determine if the man won a sizable sum of money which was subsequently stolen from him.

    From bad to worse
    Last week we reported that roof tiles had been removed from the Custom House and stolen.  No suspects have been identified yet, but this week the Custom House flag was removed and taken.  If this keeps up the entire Custom House may soon disappear.  Know anything?  The law would love to hear from you.

    Presidio inspection
    During the morning hours of this Monday past, Maj. General Wood arrived for a surprise visit at the Presidio of Monterey.  Wood is the current chief of staff for the United States army.  He arrived for an inspection after riding in an automobile entourage from Santa Cruz.  Wood, who first departed from San Francisco a week ago, is lodged at the Del Monte.  After arriving at the Presidio, Colonel H. C. Bowan greeted the General. Colonel H. C. Bowan.
    Rumors have been going around that the Presidio is going to be closed, but Wood denied that as an unfounded tall tale.  He said that there is to be a concentration of infantry at the Presidio of San Francisco, but that has nothing to do with the Presidio of Monterey except that it has been decided to remove the infantry from here and replace them with a company of cavalry.  Wood noted that while the Presidio of San Francisco is a valuable piece of property, the Presidio here has practically no value.  The General said that even though nothing will be done until the breakwater is finished, project completion is planned for 1915.  The General also said the Presidio passed inspection with flying colors. 1

    Men are helpless
    Men are as helpless as children when taken ill.  His normally strong stomach turns all quivery and this resilient individual whimpers and whines.   Big, strong men become as helpless as an infant.
    His trouble, however, is indigestion, caused by overloading his poor stomach time and time again, but the cure is simple.  Just give him a couple of Rexall’s Dyspeptic tablets, which should always be on hand, and this will do the trick in the shake of a stick.
    We know the power of Rexall’s Dyspeptic tablets and we promise you your money back if they do not work for you.

    Operation a success
    Mrs. Kohler was recently taken to a San Francisco hospital suffering from enflamed appendicitis.  Last week, it was necessary to perform surgery.  This week, we are pleased to report that Mrs. Kohler is improving nicely.

    Now showing
    “Tempest and Sunshine” is being performed at the Monterey Theater this weekend.  This torrid story reveals the “southern” way of life prior to the Civil War.  Well worth the price of admission.   25¢a seat.  15¢ for children.

    Systematizing
    A man who loves a business is seldom systematized.  He has never been a mother nor a nurse, and so he has no practice.  He is unwilling to trust the laws of business.  He even has no written contracts governing the efforts of those working for him.
    Systematizing is a job in and unto itself.  The best man for this job is someone aware of the laws of business, but one who is unaffiliated with the business in question.  May we suggest Dr. Heathcock, a specialist in systematizing?  You will think these are pennies well spent.

    Tidbits from here and there

    • Mrs. N. R. Burlingame is planning a trip to San Jose to visit a friend.  She will be away several weeks.
    • Mrs. M. W. Mathey and daughter, from Sacramento, are visiting in the Grove for a couple of weeks.
    • Learn Pharmacy at home through the California School of Pharmacy.  Earn high wages.  For information, contact us in San Francisco.
    • Have your auto mobile repaired in a fireproof building.  Pacific Grove garage.
    • Sierra Bldg Co. offers savings and good work.  Call us for an estimate.  Red 378.
    • Use a typewriter free when you study secretarial services by mail.  Write Brown Home Study School.  St. Louis.

    And the cost is …

    • Don’t walk.  It’s hard work.  Buy a bicycle at Wright’s Hardware.  Then just walk up hill.  American Flyers are just $45, this week only.
    • J. Steiner has just lowered the price of Utah coal from $15 a ton to $13 a ton, delivered.
    • Pacific Grove Bakery is hiding a dime in every 100th sack used for protecting a loaf of bread.  Buy a dozen loaves for $1 and get lucky.

    Author’s notes

    1. The General failed to mention that one of the first contingencies of colored troops (Afro-American) would soon arrive here.
    2. Free Information by telephone would quickly disappear not to return until the era of the smart phone.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on February 15, 2013

    Topics: High Hats and Parasols

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