Sept. 29, 1906 (Saturday)
WHEN ART AND DIPLOMACY COLLIDE: The Italian ambassador to the U.S., Mayor des Planches has evidently resigned, according to an article in today's New York Times. It seems that he and Secretary of State Elihu Root haven't gotten along since the days when Root was general counsel for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The issue: A few years ago, the museum decided not to display the statue "Saturnalia" by Ernesto Biondi. The dispute has lingered for about two years. The thinking at the Met was that the sculpture group "out-Hogarthed Hogarth." Biondi sued, saying the trustees had no right to decline the piece. Root refused to go to bat for the sculpture.
THEY WERE IMMOBILIZED IN MOBILE: More information is streaming in about the hurricane that smashed the Gulf Coast. One hard hit town was Mobile, Ala. Today's New York Times includes a first-person account by the city editor of the Mobile Register, William J. Carver. Once he realized that Mobile would be cut off by telegraph for about two days, he decided to head inland to find a usable wire connection to let people around the country know what had happened. First he tried horseback, then he got hold of a tug to head upriver. He and a railroad agent hired an engineer and got some militiamen to act as crew members. Against a raging river, they slowly made it 16 miles inland, to the Mobile River Bridge. They made it by 3 a.m. However, the cable box there provided no connection to the outside world. They then walked a couple of miles to Hurricane, Ala. The wires were useless there, too. So he walked another four miles to Carpenters, Ala. A friendly farmer gave him some food and the two of them -- on a horse and a mule -- headed 10 miles to Bay Minette. It took them four hours to thread their way through swamps and fallen trees. There, 25 miles from Mobile, Carver found a usable wire and an operator -- to tell his story and to describe the destruction to his city.
ANOTHER DAY IN THE LIFE OF THE CZAR'S SECURITY FORCE: Czar Nicholas is certainly feeling the pressure. Yet another plot has discovered that threatens his life. This time, it seems to involve servants in the Peterhof, the czar-man's secluded hideaway on Cronstadt Bay. (See the locator map on the right.) Supposedly, officials discovered two armed terrorists -- a man and a woman -- within the compound. They had been smuggled inside by servants, who have been arrested, too.