• High Hats and Parasols, July 21st, 2012

    Democrats plotting to close SF mint?
    Democrat members of the United States Congress have been accused of making plans to close the federal mint at San Francisco. Businesses conducted in ‘Frisco will be gradually shifted to the mint in New Orleans. The people of New Orleans are said to be celebrating, San Franciscans have fallen into deep mourning, and members of the House Appropriations Committee simply shrug and say the move will save the government significant money.
    Those savings, of course, will be at the expense of the jobs of all those currently employed by the San Francisco mint … of whom many are heroes. During the quake and fire of 1906, several mint workers let their own homes and property be destroyed and pillaged while they stood guard over the mint for four days and nights.  Several Grovians, who work at the mint during the week and travel home during the weekend, stand among them.
    It is the opinion of this editor that all employees, indeed all Californians, should lose no time in preparing to resist any attempt to close that grand institution, the San Francisco mint.

    Judge Flenner to address Chautauqua
    Judge J. D. Flenner of Boise, Idaho, who is staying at the Pacific Grove Hotel, is in the Grove in order to talk to Chautauquians. The topic of his address will be “Understanding American Literature.”
    On Tuesday of this week, Judge Flenner warmed up by presenting an entertainment during the International Order of Foresters gathering at the high school. On Thursday, the Judge is expected to attend the Board of Trade meeting and discuss some of the plans Boise has for increasing commerce. Saturday, however, is to be Flenner’s big day at the Chautauqua. Everyone should plan to attend in order to hear this gifted man speak.

    Mexican situation improves
    Both the United States Departments of State and War are regarded as believing the situation in Mexico as having improved. No reports of untoward events have been received for three days from army officers positioned as observers along the Rio Grande River and the western border with the United States. From Oaxaca comes word of considerable unrest, but no outbreaks of violence. Quiet also prevails at Ensenada. Americans stranded in Nogales because of a destroyed bridge are still stranded, and will be until repairs can be made. 1

    Local boy loses three fingers
    William Philstead, who resides with his parents on David avenue in New Monterey, has been badly injured by an exploding dynamite cap. Among other emergency medical treatments, three fingers had to be amputated.
    The boy was on his way home after escorting the family cow to a vacant lot for the cow’s evening browsing.  Skipping along, Billy spotted several objects that appeared like fun toys to play with … but were actually dynamite caps. After picking one up, the cap exploded causing severe injuries. Fortunately, the incident was witnessed by Jack Duttle, a neighbor, who rushed to the boy’s assistance. Duttle decided immediate medical attention was called for and, rather than take the lad home, he hurried the boy to the office of Dr. Yates, which was nearby. 2
    The following morning, Duttle escorted the city constable and several others to the scene of the explosion. While looking around, the group discovered a can of blasting caps hidden within a crevasse. Further searching revealed numerous additional caps scattered around the area like land mines. No one can say where the caps originated or why they were there
    Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the constable or the editor of the Pacific Grove Review.  A $10 reward is being offered.

    Fish cannery on fire
    A fire was discovered in the salmon packing shed on the Pacific Coast Steamship wharf on Sunday morning about half past two o’clock.  The origin of the blaze remains a mystery, but arson is being considered. The fire was discovered among a number of barrels of fish oil which were stored in a corner of the shed. It was discovered just in time to prevent a disastrous fire.  A number of fishermen did good work fighting the fire until firemen arrived. The blaze was then extinguished and the loss figured out to be about $50.

    City-owned, but no deed
    City Trustee E. Berwick invited Mr. A. D. Shepard, secretary and manager of the Pacific Improvement Company, to visit with him and go on tour of the strip of land lying along the ocean front running for four blocks just east of Carmel avenue. Berwick pointed out that it had long been assumed that the Pacific Improvement Company had made a gift of the land to the city, but that no deed had been forthcoming. Shepard agreed to immediately rectify the situation by issuing a deed.

    Snippets …

    • The Hawkeye Association of Pacific Grove has announced its annual picnic to be held on the beach near the foot of 17th street. In the unlikely event the weather turns inclement, the event will move into the basement of the Methodist-Episcopal church.
    • The National League for Medical Freedom will meet Monday evening at the Pacific Grove Hotel.

    And the cost is …

    • J. K. Paul has just received a line of fine tapestry. Both price and quality are right. Two-ply, ingrain, throw carpet, 36” wide, 10¢ per yard.
    • Spoon & Hicks offers the very best in kitchen supplies. Long-handle milk dipper, made of genuine tin.  Just 35¢.

    Author’s Notes

    1. .The “Mexican situation” referred to was the junta by Gomez attempting to wrest governmental control away from Madero.
    2. Today, it would be difficult to bring oneself to such a decision without the consent of parents, but the solid concern of one person for another (and each other’s kids) was of topmost importance one hundred years ago.

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

    posted to Cedar Street Times on July 21, 2012

    Topics: High Hats and Parasols

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