• High Hats and Parasols, November 26th, 2012

    Auto mobilists must respect public
    The gendarmes of Pacific Grove have come to the conclusion that it is their duty to have drivers of auto mobiles pay some little respect to the rights of the public as defined by the law of the state, at least within the city limits.
    Recent accidents, one of them fatal, have got everybody who does not own an auto mobile considerably aroused.  There are only a few left who have not yet achieved that angry distinction, and all others have begun to assert their rights in respect to the auto mobile.
    An officer was detailed yesterday morning to go out on Lighthouse and “pinch” every auto mobilist speeding by.  He was on the job, soon enough.  He arrested six motorists during the day, one of whom was a school girl driving herself in to school with her father settled into the auto mobile alongside the young woman.  She was let off by the constable on account of school, and the passenger, her father, was held in her stead.
    They all appeared before the court where they made their little spiels and pled guilty.  All were fined except one, that being Dr. Douglas Brown who said he was answering an urgent, professional call.  The other five left to juggle fines of $10 were J. B. Cooper, M. F. Martin, J. M. Stow, L. H. Rich, and C. S. Nordell.
    As an interesting side note, while Nordell’s case was being heard, a companion held back from the hearing room.  It is alleged that he stepped outside and razored the tires of the policeman’s auto mobile to get even.
    But the enforcement of the law against reckless driving is not always to be confined to the city limits.  It is rumored that county supervisors are likely to employ a cop to patrol the country roads for miles each way.

    Mrs. Ingram dies
    Mrs. Edward Ingram and daughter recently traveled by train to Los Angeles to check the mother into a specialty hospital as Mrs. Ingram needed surgery that could not be obtained elsewhere.  Alas, the stalwart Grovian failed to pull through.  The mother of only the one daughter, Mrs. Ingram was well-known in Pacific Grove, having lived here for quite some time.  She is predeceased by her husband, Edward.  Her remains will be brought home for interment.

    Postal law may change because of change
    A local man decided that he had suffered the pain and agonies of conscience long enough.
    For several years, he had owed the United States post office 2.5¢ for services rendered, without compensation.  He drew up an envelope, popped a letter and three pennies inside, and posted it to Secretary of Treasury MacVeagh.
    The letter read: “Here is the money I owe.  Please forgive me.”
    MacVeagh mailed the three pennies right back.  “It is against federal regulations,” he explained, “to attempt to recover or to accept collections of less than 5¢.”  He thanked the man profusely and said that he would be notified if the law was changed.
    The recalcitrant man will have to live with his conscience a while longer.

    Snippets from around the area…

    • No man can place a limit on your possibilities, but a growing account at the Bank of E. Cooke Smith will increase them.  Isn’t right now a good time to take stock of your financial conditions?  During the past ten years of prosperity, how much of your income have you actually saved?  Why not start right by opening an account at this bank and conserving your future income?  We furnish deposit slips, checks, and a pass book free.  Interest of 4% paid on savings.  Home savings accounts maintained without fee.  A safe deposit box can be rented for $2.50 year.  Bank of E. Cooke Smith.  Pacific Grove.
    • Remember the Whist tournament.  Be sure to enter yourself in the Third Annual Whist Tournament on Tuesday of next week.  Play begins at the community club at 10 in the morning and continues until 7 in the evening with breaks for lunch and refreshments provided by the Coffee Club.  Sponsored by J. K. Paul’s Furniture and Culp Bros.
    • Just received from the East.  WindowPhanies to be used on bath room windows, hall windows, basement windows, etc.  Install where you want light let in, but do not want people to see in or out.  For an estimate, contact A. A. Phillips at 174 Forest avenue.
    • Standard Home Builders and Realty Company of San Francisco is now operating on the Peninsula.  We will build your home for payments which are like rent.  Also, a limited amount of stock is being offered at par.  If interested in either, call on E. W. Dickerson, the District Manager of the Monterey Hotel, and let’s get acquainted. 1

    And your bill amounts to …

    • I have 95 acres of farm land available which can be sold as one piece or in five-acre sections.  Asking price is $200 per acre.  Fertile, valley soil   Near fair road.2  Storage barn on property.  Terms can be drawn up to suit.   It will pay you to have a look at this.  To discuss and view, leave word at the Review Daily office for J. D. Potter.
    • The most popular music on the market today is sold in what are called “Fifty Cent Folios”.  These offerings are full, sheet music size printed with quality ink on quality paper.  Vocal or instrumental.  At C. J. Moyes of the Grove, the “Fifty Cent Folios” are being sold for 40¢.  Come in and browse our supplies.  If we do not have a desired piece in stock, we will order it and have it in hand within one week.  C. J. Moyes, 221 Forest avenue.
    • Mandolins are becoming very popular today, our sales having recently doubled.  We would state for the benefit of those desirous of learning to play a mandolin that these instruments are “tuned” the same as the violin and are fingered in the same manner.  You will get an instruction book free with each instrument purchased.  AmeriCo, full size, maple with oak ribs: $6.55. Carrying case: $2.25.  Pick: 95¢.  Culp Bros. on Lighthouse.
    • Ladies, unbleached, Balvriggan leg hose.  Sanitary feet.  Weight per dozen, 34 ounces.  All are seamed.  $2.12 per dozen.  E. M. Nix, 17th and Lighthouse.  The Lace Shop.
    • Enjoy Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings at the Winston.  Soup, salad, turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, assorted vegetables, choice of beverages and desserts.  All you can eat! Adults: $1.45.  Children: 50¢. 3
    • Michelin tyres are yours at the Pacific Grove Garage on Grand avenue up from Lighthouse.  Michelin makes stopping quicker and riding more comfortable.  Constructed of genuine leather with rubber heat-affixed to outer edge.  Patented pneumatics are offered at $9.55 for set of two, installed.  Bring your auto mobile to the only fireproof facility on the peninsula.

    Author’s Notes

    1. The Standard Home Company was an investor in the Monterey Hotel.  Manager Dickerson served as a sort of go-between.
    2. “Fair” referred to the road’s condition, not its proximity to a fairground.
    3. The Winston offered one of the area’s original buffets.

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

    posted to Cedar Street Times on November 26, 2012

    Topics: High Hats and Parasols

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