Aug. 13, 1906 (Monday)
DEATH CLAIMS A HARVARD 'INSTITUTION': John Lovett (who was better known as "John the Orangeman") died yesterday at Massachusetts General Hospital. Lovett, who was 74, was a familiar figure at the Harvard campus for more than 40 years. That's where he peddled fruit to the students. He started out with a basket. By the end of his stint, he was selling wares from a donkey cart that students had given him. The obituary in The New York Times said he had a reputation of being "cantankerous." But he had free access to sell his goods in dorm rooms and faculty offices. Also, "He was about the only person about the college campus who dared force his way into society meetings." One of his favorite comments: "At Harvard, we don't begin the day until 11." From the context, it looks like he meant "11 p.m." Also, an obituary notes, he was supporter of newspapers. "He always said with a grin that they were handy to wrap apples in."
SOME EDITORIAL SUPPORT FOR COMSTOCK: Certainly don't want to imply that newspapers universally condemned censor Anthony Comstock for his recent raid on the Art Students League. Today's Post-Standard (Syracuse) has a letter from a reader in Cape Vincent who passes on some supportive comments from The Christian Advocate and The Boston Daily Advertiser. Here's part of what the latter had to say:
There is mighty little in New York that tends toward the restraint of things which ought to be restrained. Anthony Comstock represents this needed restraint, and if it occasionally chafes or cusps on the wrong spot no great harm is done.
DOES THE 'LEMON LAW' APPLY TO AN ISLAND? Colorado Springs industrialist Charles Leaming Tutt (right)has been unable to find an island he bought off the coast of British Columbia. Evidently, he bought the 10-acre island about six months ago. He left Bellingham, Wash., in his yacht, Anemone, about two weeks ago to visit the island, which he had never seen. Word reached Colorado Springs yesterday that Tutt has returned to the mainland without seeing the island. He will make one more trip. He says he will sue the seller if the island does not exist. The last paragraph of the article in The New York Times raises a great question:
It is said that the man who sold the island to Mr. Tutt alleges that the island sank into the sea on April 18, at the time of the earthquake which destroyed San Francisco. I hope there's a follow-up to this one.