July 11, 1906 (Monday)
NOTE: There was so much news in yesterday’s papers that I feel compelled to offer some spillover news.
KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE BALL AND THE MALLET: Robert J. Collier (of the Collier’s Weekly publishing family) was hurt badly in a June 9 polo game at New York’s Meadow Brook Field. During the match, Harry Payne Whitney (left) swung his mallet at the ball. He missed. But in his follow through, the head of the mallet smashed into Collier’s face. According to The New York Times, Collier’s “eye was torn from its socket and he was stunned by the blow. He was treated at Nassau Hospital in Mineola. Evidently, being born with a silver spoon in your mouth can’t protect you from getting a polo mallet in the head.
SOMEONE SHOULD BUY EACH JUROR A NICE, TALL COLD ONE: The Rev. A.H. Seechel’s plan to expose a Sunday beer-selling scandal in Appleton, Wisc., has fallen flat. Evidently, he set aside some time on a recent Sunday and went to a saloon and bought some beer. He did this to provide evidence against a salon keeper, who had thereby violated a Sunday-closing law. Well, on June 9, jurors found the clergyman guilty of violating the Sunday labor law. They decided that the purchase of beer is, indeed, a form of work. This will be appealed.
PACHYDERM MAKES ‘EM SCATTER AT G.O.P. CONVENTION: Somebody had some fun over the weekend with attendees of the Republican County Convention in Fairfield, Ia., on Saturday. Some jokesters hired an elephant from a local circus, draped a G.O.P. banner over it and led it to the door of the convention hall, which at the time was full of delegates. The trainer then coaxed the animal to trumpet. The elephant then marched through the door. The delegates reportedly hastily left via the windows. Many were bruised. One man suffered a broken arm. Once the hoax was revealed and delegates discovered that the animal was under a trainer’s control the whole time, they returned. Some laughed about it. For the purposes of the exercise, the elephant was named “Teddy Roosevelt.” The lesson: The Republican party is afraid of him.