Nov. 26, 1906 (Monday)
ADVERTISERS HAVE FIGURED OUT THIS SPELLING REFORM STUFF: Amid all the furor about President Roosevelt's efforts to reform and simplify the spelling in the United States, an add such as this one for eyeglasses (right) stands out. Look at that: "Rite-Tite Shur-On". That saves two letters (from "Right-Tight Sure-On") and probably passes Roosevelt's simplification test. There's nothing that can be done about the proprietor's name, though.
CARUSO IS FINED $10; HE WILL APPEAL: Tenor Enrico Caruso says he will appeal the guilty verdict -- and $10 fine -- slapped on him because he annoyed women in the monkey house at Central Park. Today's afternoon papers say that Caruso plans to sing as scheduled on Wednesday night at the Metropolitan Opera House. The dust-up over Caruso's arrest has had a positive impact on ticket sales for that night's production of "La Boheme." It turns out that the monkey that figured in the Caruso case -- named Knocko -- died yesterday. The alleged incident that took place between Caruso and his accuser took place in front of that monkey's cage. One article hints darkly that Knocko might have been knocked off: "The monkey was in good health while the Caruso case was on in court and large crowds of visitors were in front of his cage daily. There is a suspicion among the keepers that his death was brought about by some one of his visitors."
DEADLY GERMS -- ANTHRAX INCLUDED -- SET LOOSE: An explosion and fire in a laboratory at Pittsburg(h)'s Mercy Hospital (at right, in 1913) worries many because the place was stocked with all kinds of dangerous germs. Today's New York Times says, "There were hundreds of these tubes holding millions of bacilli of such deadly ailments as anthrax, tetanus or lockjaw and hydrophobia, as well as those of such dreaded maladies as typhoid fever and diptheria." (Hydrophobia was a term for rabies, as found in humans.) Bucketsful of "disinfectant" were poured on the firefighters who came in contact with the stuff. Many are worried about the fate of the people exposed to the cultures.