Sept. 16, 1906 (Sunday)
GIRLS GONE WILD, 1906 STYLE: Today's Washington Post includes an engaging front-page story headlines "Tennessee Girls Take the Town." It describes a visit to the city by a group of female students from the short-lived Radnor College, which was founded last year by Andrew Eshman in Nashville. The writer called the group of 251 students a "delectable delegation" and "distinguished looking Southern maidens." A more lengthy description follows: "There were tall and willowy girls, petite and pretty girls, blond girls, and brunettes. All were quietly dressed in traveling suits and most of them carried 'grips'."
You can bet they had one thing in common: white skin.
Anyway, the girls told the reporter that they weren't especially happy about their coverage in the press. There had been too much attention paid to the food they ate. Obligingly, the reporter ended with this sentence:
"The last glimpse The Post reporter caught of the pretty lasses from the South disclosed them seated around the tables of the Burton dining-room doing justice with the appetites of youth to the good things provided for them."
THE TIMES REVEALS A CONTRACT-BUSTING SCHEME FOR SCHOOL DISTRICTS: A teacher in the recently reorganized school districts of the Mattituck, Long Island, area has been hired for the year at the salary of $45 a month. Soon after that, the doors were opened to her school in the West Mattituck area. One small pupil has so far attended her school. The teacher, who's not named in the article in today's New York Times, anticipates an easy year if it stays like this. The trustees of the district don't want things to stay this way. The per-pupil cost is too much. The Times reminds readers of one option: "The customary manner of breaking contracts with pretty school teachers in Suffolk County is to marry them to the sons of rich farmers."
PLEASE KEEP THE FRENCH CHEFS AWAY FROM THIS GOVERNMENT WORKER: In Paris, a government employee is paid to keep track of everything that is plucked from the River Seine. Here are the numbers of what the river surrendered in 1905, according to an item in today's New York Times:
101 human bodies;
2,114 dead dogs;
898 dead cats;
2,869 drowned rats;
52 pigs (suckling and otherwise);
About 700 other various creatures, including a monkey.
There's no mention of the fish.