• High Hats and Parasols, January 13th, 2012

    The News From 100 Years Ago

    Graft in dairy bureau suspected
    H. D. Bryant, State Dairy Inspector, has forwarded to Gov. Johnson his resignation. He was appointed two months ago. Bryant refuses to make public his reasons for
    resigning and says that he will not do so until Gov. Johnson is aware of his resignation.
    In a guarded statement, Bryant intimated that the problem began in the course of his inspections of various dairies. Therein, he came across one dairy owned by a member of the state dairy commission, by which he is employed. Bryant suggested that he had received orders from the head of the dairy commission to overlook the deplorable conditions which he found there.
    Bryant declares that he refused to take this order and has communicated the facts in the case to Gov. Johnson, accompanied by the resignation. The governor will be free to accept either the report or the resignation.
    Bryant will not name the member of the board at this time, but says that he may do so after the governor has read the report.

    Young man set straight
    The Bank of E. Cooke Smith recently picked up a new depositor who had been sent there by a potential employer.
    The depositor was a young man who had applied with a Grove merchandiser for work. The merchandiser asked to see the young man’s savings deposit book. The young man, stumbled around for a minute or two, and then admitted that he was engaged to be married and that expenses related to the wedding precluded his putting aside cash for savings. The depositor lectured the young man, telling him that savings were the most important thing on earth and the sign of a suitable employee. He bid the young man to have a nice day, and dismissed him.
    That afternoon, the young man returned and asked for another interview. He waved a deposit book issued by the Bank of E. Cooke Smith, proving that he had a savings account. The would-be depositor said that his fiancée, agreeing with the prospective employer, insisted that he assure the couple’s financial future. The young man agreed. With his deposit book in hand, he returned to the merchandiser and asked for a second chance at the job.
    The young man gained three things of value. First, he learned the value of frugal living and putting money aside. Second, he got the job. Third, his deposited savings are earning him 1% paid by the Bank of E. Cooke Smith.

    New water mains laid
    The Monterey County Water Works have laid new and larger water pipes on Locust street from Lighthouse to Pine avenue. The company also installed two new fire hydrants, one at the corner of Laurel and Locust streets and one at the corner of Short and Locust streets.
    Parties living within three hundred feet of these new hydrants will now be entitled to a lower insurance rate.

    Earned big money
    Your editor has just learned that the poet / author Lord Byron received the total of $21.27 in payment of Byron’s poem Chide Harold. The Pacific Grove Carnegie Public Library invites you to drop by and enjoy Lord Bryon’s writing1.

    Violin and violinist to visit
    Jan Kubelík, the famed Hungarian2 violinist, arrived in New York this week, brought here by the German liner Wilhelm, and will soon commence the performance tour which will bring him in this direction. Kubelík brought with him his newly-obtained Stradivarius violin, which he has named “The Emperor”. Although Kubelík bought the instrument for only $20,000, he has purchased insurance on it in the amount of $235,000.
    Kubelik is here for a tour of the United States and Canada. When his western stops and schedule are publicized, word will immediately be published.

    Snippets from around the area…
    • Pacific Grove Trustee E. Berwick leaves tomorrow for San Francisco. On Saturday he will speak at the Grape Festival at Walnut Creek, Contra Costa County.
    • A California importer-exporter estimates the total publication of books throughout the world at 128,530 first copies of new volumes.
    • Thomas Cope & Company is offering cans of all sizes for canning fruit and vegetables. Get ready early for your spring canning.
    • Two nicely located lots (not far from the new high school building) are being offered for sale. Get particulars from the Review office.
    • Japan has more suicides in proportion to its population than any other country in the world.
    • The rumors have not stopped! Please recognize this claptrap as untrue. J. A. Eustace’s store, 589 Lighthouse, will remain open all year long, and is not closing.

    And your bill amounts to…
    • On special this month, Youth’s Companion has reduced its one-year subscription price from $1.50 to $1, delivered by mail. Order at the Pacific Grove Review office or the Monterey newspaper office.
    • Watch the window of our store to view the most recent, most popular songs on sheet music. C. H. Moyer music store. 221 Forest avenue. Decorative Folio in which to keep your music. Cloth-covered sides, fine quality. $1.12.
    • Real estate loans available from Strong & Camp for 4%. We also manage rental cottages and have some for rent for as little as $15 monthly. 508 Lighthouse avenue.

    Author’s Notes
    1. The editor erred in citing the poem as Chide Harold. The mentioned poem, purchased by the publisher, was titled: Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage. Objections to the error from the library were not found.
    2. Even though the editor cited Kubelík as being Hungarian, he was actually Czech. Born in 1880 and deceased in 1940, Kubelík began seriously studying the violin at age 5. Mentored by his father, he devoted 10 to 12 hours each day to his music. His wife, Countess Anna Julie Marie Széll von Bessenyö, was Hungarian. The couple gave birth to eight children, five of whom became celebrated violinists.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on January 13, 2012

    Topics: Columns & Contributors, High Hats and Parasols

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