June 4, 1906 (Monday)
TIGHT SECURITY IN MADRID: On Sunday, King Alfonso and Queen Victoria headed to the opera. That meant security would be tight -- in light of the recent assassination attempt on the couple. Authorities kept careful track of each ticket, making sure they knew who got one. At one point, they discovered that one of the tickets was missing. An article said, "This had a suggestive meaning." The king's protectors did not want the ticket to end up in the hands of a bomb thrower. So, a whole new set of tickets was printed up for the opera -- using a different color. All went well at the opera. But I must say that the production was a strange choice for newlyweds. They saw "Lucia di Lammermor" (right). In it, the bride kills her groom.
PROTECTING THE BORDERS: In light of recent anarchist attacks, the U.S. is stepping up its vigilance on its borders -- or so says Joseph Murray, assistant commissioner of immigration. He states, "The immigration laws provide that any anarchist can be deported solely because he is an anarchist." That's enough to make anyone feel safe. So, how does he know they're an anarchist? They don't all walk off the boat with a lit bomb in their right hand, do they?
MORGAN'S NEW MASTERPIECES: Word from Paris yesterday indicates that J.P. Morgan has paid $5.5 million for a stunning art collection that used to belong to Rodolphe Kane. His latest haul includes paintings by Rembrandt, Van Dyck and Rubens as well as 18th-century furniture and some tapestries and sculpture. It also includes the "Rest on the Flight to Egypt" (right). I wonder where that one will be 100 years from now and how it got there.