• News from 1909

    Unknown man commits suicide
    An unknown man walked into Frank Pierce’s hardware shop at about noon today.  After looking around the premises the man asked to be shown revolvers.  Pierce placed the weapons upon the counter for inspection.  Alongside each pistol a few of its appropriate bullets were displayed.  While the fellow was inspecting the guns and ammunition, another customer entered the little shop.  After this customer stated that he was in a “big hurry,” Pierce excused himself and stepped away to see what he could do to help out.
    While Pierce’s back was turned, the first customer slipped a cartridge into one of the revolvers.  He then lifted the weapon to his head, and pulled the trigger.  The shot was dead-on, but failed to immediately end the man’s life.  In spite of the services of a physician, the victim clung precariously to life for only about thirty minutes.  He did not regain consciousness.
    The constable is requesting help in identifying the deceased.  He is described as smooth shaven, about five-feet nine, and of slender build.  He appears to have been about thirty-five years of age, and was neatly dressed in a brown-check suit.
    In the absence of the coroner, Justice Ernest Michaels conducted an inquest this afternoon, but the findings of the jury were to be released too late for this issue of the Pacific Grove Review.
    Anyone with knowledge of this tragedy is encouraged to contact the newspaper office.

    Lincoln stamps at post office
    Postmaster R. Stansbury informs the Review that he has just received a consignment of 10,000 Lincoln anniversary stamps.  Those who desire to own these stamps as souvenirs of the 40th anniversary of the martyred President should secure them at once.  Stansbury promised that his supply will not last long.

    Felder completes perilous trip in Alaska
    Pacific Grove native J. W. Felder has just returned home from his lonely jaunt through the badlands of Alaska.  His overland trip required fifty-six days through the northland wilds in winter.  Felder says that he “traveled a trail of his own making.”  During the expedition, Felder lost his supplies and he nearly starved after his food gave out.  Survival was obtained by killing several of his dogs for food.
    Felder is a local businessman and a charter member of the Lodge of Elks.  He journeyed to Alaska in the interest of a fur-trading company controlled by San Francisco capital.
    Felder will speak about his experience at an upcoming assembly to be held at St. Mary’s by the Sea.

    Harry Winston to aid of museum
    Harry Winston, Pacific Grove, has loaned his valuable collection of Indian relics and curios to the Museum Association of his hometown, the Grove.  He also donated a number of valuable articles.  Winston says the reason is mostly practical because he is about to relocate from here to Berkeley.
    Among the items are the following: Chinese adding machine, Alaskan sturgeon hook, three feathered arrows, knife sheath from Nebraska, buffalo horns, mummy cloth, copper powder flask, and an old, American-army sword.

    Local millionaire causes arrests
    James Murray, a local millionaire who recently discovered what he believed to be a conspiracy to defraud him out of more than a half million dollars by means of papers forged in his name, is now in possession of evidence which he says will enable him to reveal and punish the conspirators.  Murray has sworn out a warrant for the arrest of Frederick Gignor, who has confessed to doing the forgery work, and co-conspirators.
    Since he discovered the forged papers, Murray has had a corps of private detectives working on the case, shadowing Signor and his associates with a view of ascertaining who were the parties of the conspiracy.  Later, Murray was able to obtain possession of the forged documents whereupon he was obliged to threaten drastic measures.
    The following is a list of the forgeries: four one-day notes dated August 22, 1908, for $100,000 each made payable to Frederick Signor; one sight draft for $50,000 made payable to Tyler Henshaw; and various notes to various payees drawn on the First National Bank of Chicago.
    Murray has expressed his belief that Signor was the figurehead of a conspiracy that had for its object the holding of various financial documents until Murray’s death, in which event it might thereafter be impossible to detect that they were forgeries.

    About town …

    • The burnt “Caramel and Moca” cakes from the Winston’s bakery are absolutely delicious.  Try one and see how you like it.  We promise you will return for another.
    • Get spectacles that are right in fit, quality, and price from W. H. Hare Optical Company.
    • Dr. DeWitt’s Carbolized Witch Hazel Salve is especially good for piles.  Sold by Long & Gretter.
    • The Jackson Bros & Campbell Market has a goodly supply of pie fruits, put up in one-gallon tins.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on August 20, 2009

    Topics: Columns & Contributors, High Hats and Parasols

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