• High Hats and Parasols, March 23rd, 2012

    The News From 100 Years Ago

    Mine stockholders jubilant
    The San Jose Times has dispatched the Pacific Grove Review the following regarding a mine in which many Grovians are bound to be interested, to wit:
    Quite a stir has occurred in mining circles over the very rich strike made during the past ten days in the area of the Cerro Gordo mines. The hit was made in the vicinity of the old mining camp at Keeler.
    The property is largely owned by stockholders living in and around coastal California. The good news was not made public until Friday evening when Mr. Kenneth Morrison, vice president of the Four Metals Company, returned from the mines where he had spent several days inspecting the company’s property and verifying the reports of the new strike.
    The secretary of the company, C. O. Westwood, when interviewed by a Times representative, said that he had been kept on the jump1 ever since the news got out. Westwood said that he had spent much time answering personal questions and responding to phone calls regarding the famous old mine and the potential for the future.
    Those interested in investing should contact the Pacific Grove Review or Mr. C. O. Westwood2

    Mr. and Mrs. Hill crossing Canada
    W. C. Hill has received a letter from his parents informing him that the couple has hugely enjoyed the trip, recently embarked upon, but they will be glad to turn their faces homeward. They are due to arrive in New York on Wednesday. They expect to visit relatives in New York, then will cross the border into Canada and will travel across the whole of the continent by way of the Canadian Pacific railroad before turning south. If nothing intervenes, the travelers will arrive home on or about the last day of next month. Mr. Hill will then resume his duties as postmaster.
    Mr. and Mrs. Hill have traveled thousands of miles and have visited many climes3, but like all loyal Californians they are more than ever satisfied that there is no place like home … especially when that home happens to be located in the Golden state.

    John Irish and woman suffrage
    Colonel John P. Irish was long opposed to the initiation of suffrage for women. But the ladies of the Equal Suffrage League have recently unearthed the fact that way
    back in 1870 Colonel John P. Irish offered a resolution in the Legislature favoring the enfranchisement of women, and women were making a great ado over his apparent change of mind. But this editor notes that men are perpetually changing their minds. Only occasionally does a woman change hers.
    For instance, John Newman would not have died a cardinal of the Roman Church had he not changed his religious belief, nor would Martin Luther have created a religious revolution in Germany had he not altered his stance.
    Some few men, including editors, who are today advocating suffrage for women, were vigorously opposing it just a few years ago. Alas, until more men change their
    minds, the suffrage amendment will not carry. We must remember that a great man once said: “Wise men often change their minds, fools never.”
    Colonel Irish was young and callow in 1870. We doubt not that he has changed his views on many questions since then, and we presume that some of his critics have
    altered their opinions. For instance, a dozen years ago, the Hon. Duncan E. McKinley was opposing suffrage. Now he is eloquently advocating the same. However, the women are not different from the men in applauding the convert and denouncing the apostate. The man who deserts the other fellow’s flag is all right. The man who deserts your flag is always all wrong.
    Let’s give a go to suffrage for women!

    Snippets from around the area…

    • The new Michelin tyres are now in stock at the Pacific Grove Auto Mobile Garage. These tyres have removable tubes. Auto mobile owners will not regret their investment4
    • You want good work done? Contact E. Simpson, plumbing and general labor.

    And your bill amounts to …

    • Sand for sale! The Pacific Improvement Company will deliver sand anywhere in Pacific Grove for $1.60 per cubic yard. Beach rock also available at $2.50 per
      cubic yard. Leave orders at office of Pacific Improvement Company, 161 Fountain avenue, opposite Pacific Grove Hotel. J. P. Pryor, Agent.
    • Fine silver trinkets for 5¢ each. Be sure to ask for the free silverware being awarded by the Roth-Coney Company in exchange for purchase points. Save your sales slips.
    • See our window display to view the entire line of deluxe toilet soaps offered by Long & Gretter. Pure glycerin, a transparent soap, medium oval cake. One dozen in complete box. 4¢ per cake. 44¢ per box.
    • For your reading pleasure! Geo. S. Sheldon offers more than 3,500 books, new and used, for sale or swap at his shoe polishing parlor on Forest avenue near Lighthouse avenue. Prices start at 15¢. Buy new, read, exchange for 5¢.
    • J. H. Lowe, 412 Willow, will collect and haul your garbage. Leave orders at Review office or ask the operator for Main 355. Rates based on work-rate of 50¢ by the hour.

    Author’s Notes

    1. “On the jump” equates to “busy” or “very occupied”.
    2. The Cerro Gordo Mines were a collection of mines located in the Inyo Mountains. Mining operations were undertaken from 1866 until 1957, producing high grade silver as well as lead and zinc ore.
    3. “Climes” refer to varied “climates”.
    4. The Michelin tyres (tires) were developed by the French brothers Édouard and André Michelin first as pneumatic bicycle tires. The Michelin icon, comprising a chap who appears as if made from white balloons, was designed in 1898 by the famed French artist Marius Rossillon, aka O’Galop. This image quickly became the “Michelin Man”. Unknown to many, the Michelin Man actually has a name: Bibendum. The name stems from an early version of the trademark and the Latin slogan “Nunc est bibendum.” or “Now is the time to drink.”

    posted to Cedar Street Times on March 23, 2012

    Topics: Columns & Contributors, High Hats and Parasols

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