May 7, 1905 (Tuesday)
FOOTBALL STAR RETURNS FROM HONDURAS FIGHTING: John Poe, one of the famous football-playing Poe brothers at Princeton University, has burst onto the front page of today's New York Times. The word out of San Francisco is that Poe has returned to that city about spending about a month FIGHTING for HONDURAS in its war against Nicaragua. Poe, who spent some time in the U.S. Army, was a captain in the Honduras army and was paid about $2 a day. He missed much of the fighting but, according to the paper, was on hand for the siege of Amapola and was in charge of "an old gun" at Fort Buenavista.
Poe is reportedly on his way back to the mining camps in California. He ended up dying during World War I, as a member of Black Watch, the widely known Scottish regiment. For a peek at his life, go here.
DR. and MRS. WORKMAN RETURN FROM ROOF OF THE WORLD: Dr. William Hunter Workman and Mrs. Fanny Bullock Workman (right) (from Worcester, Mass.) have reported from Paris some of their remarkable explorations in the Himalayas. Dr. Workman told a reporter in Paris that he climbed the Chogolungma glacier as high as 23,304 feet. He added that his wife climbed a peak that was taller than 23,000 feet. I think Dr. Workman was talking about the mountain generally known as Everest, when he said:
The highest peak of the range seemed beyond the possibility of attainment, as on all sides it was nearly perpendicular, so we ascended the second highest.