Dec. 10, 1906 (Monday)
UPON FURTHER REVIEW: With the Chester Gillette trial over, now's a good time for reflection on how the newspapers did their job, according to a letter to the editor that's printed in today's Post-Standard. The letter writer, who is from Homer, N.Y., signed the letter "N." He or she felt compelled to speak up about the NEWSPAPER COVERAGE of the trial, saying "many have been wrought up almost in a frenzy by the statements and comments made by the newspaper correspondents. Many of them have magnified every little incident into events of the greatest importance by such vivid description of them as to appeal to the sentiments and passions of readers, instead of to their judgment."
It still seems tough to find the balance: passions or judgment.
FORMER U.S. SENATOR GUNNED DOWN BY LOVER: Washington and Salt Lake are gripped by the tale of the shooting of former U.S. Senator Arthur Brown (left) of Utah. Under arrest is Mrs. Anna M. Bradley, who traveled from Salt Lake to face her lover in his room at the Raleigh Hotel (right) in Washington. She told police that she came to D.C. to demand that Brown marry her. She said she had two children fathered by the man. In her words, "I asked him if he was going to do the right thing by me. His reply was that he put on his overcoat and started to leave the room, and I shot him. I abhor acts of this character, but in this case it was fully justified." His overcoat was not bulletproof. Last night he was in critical condition at the Emergency Hospital and she was in hysterical condition at the House of Detention. This is looking to become one of the major Congressional sex scandals.
AROUND AND AROUND THEY GO: The six-day bicycle race got under way at 12:07 this morning, with 16 two-person teams, at Madison Square Garden. Interest in the race is so big that coverage is on the front page of this morning's papers, including the Post-Standard in Syracuse. The paper held the presses long enough to report that Louis Mettling of the Canadian-Irish team was in the lead after five miles, which he had covered in 12 minutes, 21 seconds -- which seems to be about 24 miles an hour.