Aug. 1, 1906 (Wednesday)
SOCIAL CLIMBER CLIMBS ALL OVER PHOTOGRAPHER: Henry Symes Lehr got into a scuffle in the streets of Newport yesterday. The day before, a photographer tried to take Lehr's picture when he and Mrs. Stuyvesant Fish were getting out of a carriage. Newport's chief of police stepped in just in time and foiled the photographer.
Yesterday, it got serious.
The photographer tried to take Lehr's picture as he walked out of a jewelry store in front of the Newport Casino. The photographer snapped a picture.
Lehr became enraged. He pulled the photographer inside the store. Then he thought better about it, realizing he had just technically committed assault. He returned the camera and paid the man $25 to cover the cost of the plate that held the negative.
Lehr has made his mark on Society. Evidently, Mrs. Fish and Lehr make quite the pair in Newport. It's funny that Lehr doesn't seem to pay much attention to his wife. The picture in the upper left is from their wedding. The picture at the right is a detail from a full length portrait of the terminally-ignored wife, Elizabeth Wharton Drexel. (The portrait was done in 1905 by Giovanni Boldini.) When she gets a chance, I'm sure Mrs. Lehr will have some tales to tell.
JUSTICE MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN BLIND, BUT IT WAS BLINDINGLY FAST: Guess how much time elapsed between the swearing in of the jury and the hanging of Allen Mathis near Mayfield, Ky. It took 55 MINUTES. Mathis, a black man, was accused of assaulting a white woman. The final sentence of the article in The Washington Post said, "The trial and execution, though swift, lacked no essential of justice to the accused." That said, it's important to note that, in a somewhat prejudicial act, the gallows had been built the day before.
NOW THAT'S A SHORT STORY: In this little item, a writer from The New York Times avoided the pyramid style -- of giving the important information first. Instead, the "important" information comes at the end. Here's the tale, under the headline "Caught Dog in a Basket." (WARNING, from the Veterinary Surgeon General: Dog lovers might not appreciate the ending.):
The heat or something affected "Teddy," a small black mongrel, in a boarding house at 134 West Thirty-fourth Street. It chased the cook into a china closet yeesterday morning, and the boarding house mistress ran to the upper regions of the house to escape him. The dog then ran to the street and fled up Broadway to Thirty-fourth Street.
Policeman O'Gorman was ready for "Teddy" when the dog came in his direction pursued by a crowd of children. The dog made several attempts to bite the policeman, but he succeeded in keeping out of danger. A grocer's boy who was looking on loaned the policeman his basket. This O'Gorman slipped over the dog's head. A minute later a little puff of smoke from the policeman's pistol marked the end of "Teddy."