Oct. 16, 1906 (Tuesday)
NUDES IN THE NEWS: The fuss over this summer's raid on the offices of the Art League is in the news in today's paper.
Anti-vice crusader Anthony Comstock (left)appeared yesterday in Jefferson Market Court (right) in Manhattan to pursue his case against the Art Students League and its use of the mails to distribute its magazine, which includes some (gasp) nudes. When Comstock entered the courtroom numerous art students pulled out their sketch pads and did renderings. For their health, I assume they drew him with his clothes ON. At one point a reporter happened to notice some of the magazines that were on the evidence table. The reporter glanced at it. Comstock snatched it out of his hand.
"Don't you look at it," he said. "I'll let no one see it." Comstock told the judge that during his visit to the league headquarters, he saw young people looking at the art, which included nudes. Here's how he described his HORROR: " There were a number of young people looking at those pictures. Were they studying those pictures from motives of art? No, Sir; they were not. They were actually enjoying them; young people enjoying the picture of two unclothed human beings!"
Another good reason, I guess, NOT to have Michelangelo's David (left) on display anywhere near the eyes of young people, huh?
LYNCHING CASE COMES TO THE SUPREME COURT: The Supreme Court continues its looking into the lynching in March of Ed Johnson in Chattanooga. More than 20 people from that city were in Washington, D.C., yesterday to face contempt-of-court charges related to the lynching, which took place after a judge had granted Johnson a stay of execution. (This is the scene of the lynching in Chattanooga.) The case is U.S. v. Sheriff Shipp.