• High Hats and Parasols, February 8th, 2013

    Submarine stranded
    Submarine Number One, dispatched by the Dept. of Navy a week ago to participate in the Watsonville Apple Festival, is now stranded.  The underwater vessel drifted from its moorings at high tide last night and floated onto a sandbar.  The eighteen men aboard all tried to swim to shore but, in the rough water, sixteen drowned.  Chief electrician Esseck, one of the two survivors congratulated for good luck, said the stranding was a matter of fate.  Sailor Esseck had attempted to control the sub before it hit the sandbar, but did not succeed.  If the Navy fails to refloat the sub within 30 days it may be opened to salvage.  Rumors abound that the City of Watsonville may have an eye on salvage in order to start its own navy. 1, 2

    Mexican help debated
    A state senate committee is debating whether to send help for the Mexican government to fight the Revolutionaries active along the border.  As much as help is needed by Mexico, the committee seems to be favoring leaving such international matters in the hands of the federal government.   The committee’s decision will be made public within the week.

    Take stock
    Isn’t right now a good time to take stock of your financial situation?  During the past few years of prosperity after the crash of the 1870s, many may have forgotten to set something aside for an uncertain future.  For instance, how much cash value do you have in savings?  You can begin remedying your situation by opening an account at the Bank of E. Cooke Smith so that you can conserve part of your future earnings.  The bank provides deposit slips, checks, and pass books … all free.  E. Cooke Smith pays 4% on savings accounts.

    Pick up mail
    The post office is holding mail for: Rose Cunningham, Leslie Harvey, E. H. Lewis, Simon Johnson, James Matteson, Lizzy Paxton, and Francis von Katlen.  Please call at the counter. James Harper, Postmaster.

    Windbreak not wanted
    The meeting held on the weekend past at the Civic Center, which was attended by a goodly number of Grove citizens, was strongly against a proposed windbreak on the west and north sides of our community.  All who spoke, however, had different ideas on what should be done to improve the Grove.  Many favored a “compact” park along the shoreline for all people to enjoy.  With the land available at just $500 per acre, most urged doing something right now.  Mrs. Hollenbeck, chair, stated that Mr. Pryor had already started fund raising, and that the city supervisors also will be approached for a sizable contribution from city funds.  Edward Berrick, a former trustee, stated that he had lived for many years in the area to be protected by a windbreak, and he saw no need for such a thing, but that he was in favor of a compact park.  C. K. Tuttle said that while he had not walked the area, he was surprised by the talk of a windbreak and certainly favored a seaside park.  W. H. Fletcher said that he favored purchasing land for a park, but not a single inch for a windbreak.  He said that he favored a park because it is a superior idea which will provide a long-term benefit for all citizens and a lovely place to picnic or just throw out a blanket and relax.  Fletcher said that he would contribute money to a park, but not one penny toward a windbreak.  He called for all to make known their true desires, not marry themselves to a worthless idea because it was introduced earlier.  But F. L. Buck said that he favored both a park and windbreak and he wondered why Pacific Grove had to choose between one or the other.  He also wondered how a windbreak would be installed because merely planting trees “did not a windbreak make”.  The argument continues.  Would you like to get in your two cents worth?  Watch the Review for word on the where and when of the next meeting.

    Avoiding a camel
    The camel is a dangerous animal to ride, a much more dangerous animal than the horse or new mobile auto.  The camel’s bite, a trick camels favor pulling because of their nasty tempers, gets infected easily.  It is said that the animals abandoned by Gen. Fremont, et al, have increased to 40 or 50 beasts, attracting a host of would-be cameleers wanting a free creature for riding or other burdens.  The Review has a word for any Grovians who might be thinking of going to the Arizona Territory in search of a free beast, Beware!  Those are despicable quadrupeds that are seldom worth the effort, except in pain. 3

    Tiles stolen
    Some miscreant(s) are determined to carry away souvenirs from the Custom House.  Monday night, someone tore fourteen tiles from the roof of that revered building and whisked them away.  Just who would want to damage the roof of such a famous old building is not known, but it is thought that a souvenir hunter did it as there is currently quite a fad for things of old.  Currently there are no hobos encamped in the area, having been driven away.  If the guilty party can ever be determined, that party will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

    Tidbits from all  over…

    • Your newspaper also provides engraved wedding announcements at San Francisco prices.  See the Pacific Grove Review.
    • A. P. Bishop checked in at the Centralia House.
    • Mrs. J. B. Hayden of New York is in town visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. Moser.

    And the cost is …

    • J. Skinner has just received a shipment of Utah coal.  $15 a ton, delivered.
    • Look for our delicious lime treats.  10¢ each. Pacific Grove Bakery.
    • “For Sale” signs at Culp Bros.  50¢ each.

    Author’s notes

    1. The first workable submarine, named Turtle, was a round affair designed to clear debris from harbors.  Today, the Turtle is on display at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Gosport, England.
    2. Two reports varied.  One said that sixteen drowned and two made it to shore.  The other claimed that two drowned and sixteen made it to shore.  Take your pick.
    3. On April 26, 1843, then-Captain Fremont worked to lead the United States Department of War into the use of  camels for transportation and cartage.  When the idea failed, the camels were released into the wild.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on February 8, 2013

    Topics: High Hats and Parasols

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