• High Hats and Parasols, January 1st, 2010

    Holiday address motivates listeners
    The Rev. Dr. Matt S. Hughes delivered a holiday address to a large crowd of
    Grovians and visitors this past week. The address was presented in the main dining
    room of the Pacific Grove Hotel. All received Dr. Hughes’ remarks with exceptionally
    high praise.
    Dr. Hughes’ topic was “The Act of Fine Living,” a subject, the speaker alleged, that
    comprised an art about which most of his listeners were entirely unaware. Dr. Hughes’
    instructional comments bubbled with wit, and he kept his audience in a mirthful mood
    throughout the presentation.
    Dr. Hughes said that when we speak of human progress we generally allude to
    the achievements of man in the construction of great railway lines, shipping by sea,
    telegraph connections, telephone systems, auto mobiles, and other marvels of the
    present-day, modern age. However, we do not realize that such matters do not count
    for much unless the men and women using them have risen to heights equal to, or
    greater than the heights to which their ancestors rose. Dr. Hughes summed up with
    an admonition: “It is far better to live a poem than it is to write one, no matter how
    beautiful the written pose may be.”
    Dr. Hughes wished everyone a happy new year, and extended his best wishes for
    rising to greater heights during the coming year.

    Holiday dance held
    A holiday dance was presented by Mssrs. Henry and Drew at the Lookout Casino
    last evening. This proved to be the most enjoyable soiree offered by the two popular
    Stanford men, who regularly sponsor events. Stanford University, attended by both
    Henry and Drew, closed for the season two weeks ago which prompted the festivities.
    The wave-washed Lookout Casino never held a more select crowd of young folks
    than was gathered there for the holiday celebration. About 35 couples attended this
    dancing party, as excited as worshippers gathered at the shrine of Terpsichore, the Greek
    muse of dancing and choral song. Many of the guests collected Stanford pennants from
    the walls as souvenirs of the pleasant evening.
    After the dance, Mr. and Mrs. Southerland entertained young people at their rustic
    cottage on Central avenue in Pacific Grove. Miss Catherine Sisk entertained the guests
    with several vocal renditions. Miss Catherine Viola Fisher performed at the piano.
    The only depressing thought present at the dance came from the realization that
    both Henry and Drew will be returning to Stanford University within the week. All
    their friends from the Grove and from Monterey wish them well!

    Theater fraud perpetrated
    A full house waited patiently for last weekend’s presentation at the Work Theater,
    only to be disappointed in the end.
    Thinking they had purchased tickets to view a double-bill, both live and on-stage,
    the crowd became disgruntled when Constable Turner stepped before the curtains with
    the disappointing announcement. None of the principals in the evening’s presentation
    could be found. Evidently all involved had disappeared, taking with them the cash
    box filled with ticket receipts. The constabulary, along with management of the Work
    theater, would soon be busy trying to sort out the details. The constable promised that
    all money would be returned, if the instigators were apprehended and arrested.
    The more than 350 patrons seemed to calm down considerably after the constable’s
    words and, after the first wave of excitement faded, the constable went on to promise
    that the law had identified one special person, to be known as the man of mystery, as the
    primary suspect. The man of mystery had been seen waiting at the train depot, pacing
    the platform, a few hours before the show was to begin. The constabulary had already
    taken advantage of the telegraph to advise law enforcement up and down the tracks to
    keep open eyes. Where the rest of the company and cast, if any, had disappeared to
    remains unresolved. Most believe that there simply weren’t any. It is known that the
    man of mystery made off with $154.75.
    The Constable then wished the congregation a Happy New Year.

    Around town…

    • Miss May Potterdan and her brother, Robbie, are safe at home again after a
      Christmas spent with friends in Watsonville. The two traveled by train.
    • Mr. Grover and his son, Frank, have departed for a fishing trip in Alaska.
    • A Grovian woman has lost her handbag containing scissors, pencils, make-up,
      and cash. Please leave at the Pacific Grove Review office. No questions will be
      asked. Reward.
    • Bernard Druck of the Grove has received notice that he is to be awarded
      $10,000 from the estate of the late Geoge Bertold.
    • Mr. J. G. Black has said that he will be here all next week to demonstrate the
      wonders of cooking ware made from the miraculous, new metal: aluminum. Mr.
      Black will hold forth at the Pacific Grove Hotel at the hours of 10 and 2.

    For sale or rent…

    • Have you seen the fine samples of winter and spring clothing offered by
      Winston’s. Watch their window. Prices start at $3 for a woman’s ankle-length
      dress.
    • O. R. Shepps, Grocer, has received a new supply of canned peaches. Yummy!
      75¢ a can.
    • Need some tools? Stop by Wright’s Hardware. Three screwdriver sets begin at
      65¢.
    • Large, fresh cakes are now baked, iced, decorated, and ready for sale at the
      Bonbon Bakery. $1 a cake. Perfect for New Year.
    • Buy a bucket of fish bait from Wright’s Hardware. $1 small. $1.50 large.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on January 1, 2010

    Topics: Columns & Contributors, High Hats and Parasols

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