May 27, 1906 (Sunday)
WONDER WHAT OPUS DEI THOUGHT OF THIS DOCUMENT: Here’s an interesting notice that’s from “the Orient correspondent of Berlin." Supposedly, it’s a letter from someone in Pontius Pilate’s court. The document was reportedly discovered recently in the library of the Lazarist Fathers in Rome. If this is authentic, it will be the “most imporant historical document ever discovered” that deals with the personality of Jesus, a news article says. According to that article, the text runs about 15 paragraphs. One section deals with Jesus' physical looks, saying his shoulder-length hair was the “color of ripe walnuts.” The most intriguing passage: “His mother is the best looking woman in these parts.”
SUMMER VISIONS: With warm weather coming, some Sunday papers are running a feature called “The Beauty Ideals of the Summer Girl.” Here’s the subhead in one paper:
She Bathes in the sea to develop the chest,
Goes wading to become graceful,
Goes loafing to improve her complexion
And sleeps on the roof to cure Rheumatism.
The picture on the right must be an example of the woman who “bathes in the sea.” Another suggestion, illustrated on the left: "The girl with weak lungs can go hunting." Get enough women out there hunting and, who knows, men might even grant them the right to vote.
OFF THE ISLAND: Eddie Guerin might have turned up in London. If the story is to be believed, he escaped from Devil's Island, where he was serving a life sentence for dynamiting a strong room of the American Express in Paris. He and a couple of other escapees covered 200 miles of ocean in a raft or dug-out canoe to make their getaway (as depicted at right in a French publication of a week ago). The French are trying to extradite the man who might be Guerin. He was in a London police court last Monday.