Dec. 1, 1906 (Saturday)
VIRGINIA MUST SCURRY TO SOLVE PROBLEM: Problems lurk in the Capitol in Richmond (above, designed by Thomas Jefferson). The problem? Mice. According to a report from the Richmond Times-Dispatch that was reprinted in today's Post-Standard in Syracuse, mice have destroyed almost all of the commonwealth seals (right) in the office of the secretary of the commonwealth. Plus they have started destroying some of the record books stored in the offices of the public printer. It looks as if the state is about to place traps in all the offices in the building. Those who have built a better mouse trap are falling all over themselves to beat a path to the door of the government, which is willing to pay top dollar for their wares. Where's the Pied Piper when you need him? Of course, it should go to the low bidder -- someone who can toss some cats in the building.
WOMEN TURN ATTENTION TO GERMAN IMPOSTER: Remember the account William Voigt, who was arrested for posing as an Army captain and duping officials in Koepeneck? He faces trial today. People have sent him about 700 marks. Furthermore a woman in England sent him a cake; boarding-school girls in Switzerland sent marmalade; and a woman in Paris sent a dummy clothed in an army uniform.
JAILBREAK TURNS OUT TO BE KIDS' STUFF: Ten men escaped from the Queens County Jail in New York City yesterday between the hours of 2 and 8:30 a.m. They sawed their way through three bars of soft steel. Some of the guards were shocked that the contractor who built the place used soft steel instead of "chilled steel." Others were stunned that the inmates would show such ingratitude so quickly after the Sheriff had given them a "splendid Thanksgiving dinner." But the way the saw was smuggled in is likely more shocking. It didn't come inside a baked cake or loaf of bread. Not even close. The authorities think the SAW was SMUGGLED in on Thursday in the folds of a BABY'S DRESS.
FINALLY, A WARNING TO LOUD-MOUTH NEWSPAPER EDITORS: Col. Max Frost, the editor of the Santa Fe New Mexican, is going to have to have his jaw set in plaster. He fractured it on Thanksgiving Day while working in the newsroom. It happened when he was yelling at an office boy. Frost, who happens to be blind, kept yelling. And yelling. And yelling. The office boy never showed up. It turned out that the young man was at home enjoying a Thanksgiving meal. Eventually, Frost's false teeth fell out during one yell and he snapped his jaw bone with such force that he broke it. A doctor discovered a compound fracture.