Jan. 6, 1907 (Sunday)
HEIRESS DIES IN POVERTY -- IN OMAHA -- AFTER EATING... CHAMELEONS: This falls in the "important, if true" category... According to The Syracuse Herald and The Washington Post, Isola Douglass-Hamilton has died at 25 in a poorhouse in Omaha, Neb. The Post -- reprinting an article from the New York American -- identifies her as "the rage of the art world, the girl wit, declared to possess the most perfect figure of a decade, the girl who today might be reigning over almost any castle in England." At the St. Louis World's Fair (right) "the newspapers of three or four nations teemed with the narratives of what she was doing." That was in 1904. But a year ago she was working as a kitchen maid in Buffalo. More recently, she was attempting to recapture some degree of fame by performing as a snake charmer. The cause of death was related to her act. According to news reports, she died after EATING CHAMELEONS.
BOMB ROCKS PHILADELPHIA BANK: Two people were killed yesterday when a man who was denied a loan of $5,000 exploded a bomb in Philadelphia's Fourth Street National Bank. Killed were the bomb thrower and the bank's cashier. The man threw his device on the floor and it exploded on impact. Pieces of the bomber's body were found throughout the bank. Here's how today's Times describes the scene: "A shower of gold and silver swept through the bank from the desk of the paying teller. At least $20,000 was scattered in the wreckage about the place. Partitions, desks and chairs were thrown into a tangled mass upon the floors. Flames started among the splintered woodwork near the dead cashier." (In 2007 dollars, the loan request was the equivalent of $100,000.) He was turned down because he had no collateral nor anyone to vouch for him.
NEWSPAPER TURNS TO PRAYER: The editors and writers at The Kalamazoo (Mich) Gazette found out yesterday that they must BEGIN THEIR WORKDAY WITH PRAYER. This is the idea of managing editor John A. Ross. The prayer will be led by Ross or any of various ministers in the city. According to an item in today's New York Times, Ross explains his move this way: "I believe that the reporters will be able to do better work and that the object of the newspaper will be more thoroughly reached in this way than heretofore." He does not identify the problems that he thinks the prayer sessions will fix -- spelling? grammar? libel problems? profits?