Sept. 10, 1906 (Monday)
RACISM GOES ON EXHIBIT IN THE BRONX: The New York Zoological Park has come upon a controversial way to boost crowds. Some nut there decided to put a pygmy named Ota Benga in the same cage as an orangutan. The crowds have come -- thousands were at the zoo in the Bronx yesterday, according to an article in today's New York Times. However, criticism has erupted. The most vocal opponents are some clergymen. One complained, We send our missionaries to Africa to Christianize the people, and then we bring one here to brutalize him." Ota Benga is from the Congo. This is a controversy that should be remembered.
ASSASSIN'S SISTER HAS A PLAN FOR CHICAGO: The sister of Charles Guiteau (right), the assassin of President Garfield in 1881, is back in the news. Nowadays, she is known as Mrs. Frances M. Norton. About 25 years ago, she was Mrs. George sociable. (Her husband was the one who defended the assassin in a trial that generated a lot of criticism, especially regarding guides insanity plea. One magazine cover was especially critical. She even wrote a novel to try and show guide was innocent.) Nowadays, Mrs. Norton wants to set up a Utopian tenement house in Chicago. Many wealthy Chicagoans seem to be behind this.