Oct. 17, 1907 (Thursday)
POMPADOUR WEARERS OF THE WORLD UNITE! OR, AT LEAST THOSE IN PITTSBURGH: Department store managers in Pittsburgh have renounced their ban on pompadours. According to today's New York Times, about 40 women who were discharged on Saturday over the rising flap over the elevated hair style have been allowed back to work. Why the change? The clerks threatened to strike.
The workers formed an organization, the name of which, the Times coyly notes, "they refused to divulge." They elected officers and dispatched a committee to visit store managers.
Those meetings took place yesterday morning. According to the paper,
members of this committee -- every one wearing the highest pompadour she oculd build up -- called on the managers of the stores and informed them that unless the order was rescinded and the discharged girls taken back, they would walk out in a body.
The managers -- probably a few of whom sported elegant comb-overs -- surrendered.
Of course, the hairstyle can be enjoyed by men.
MISSISSIPPI SCHOOL DISTRICT TRIES TO ADD A TWIST TO SEPARATE-BUT-EQUAL SCHOOLS: Officials in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, are pushing for SEPARATE SCHOOLS for children of .... ITALIAN, SYRIAN and PRUSSIAN-JEWISH parentage. The reasoning? Not, they say, to discriminate against the children. Rather it is to provide a way of "relieving them of the unpleasant treatment to which they are subject at the hands of their fellow-pupils of native stock," according to today's New York Times.
(Hmmmm.... Why no mention of CHANGING THE BEHAVIOR of the "pupils of native stock"?)
Here's a main paragraph in the story:
It was made known to the Directors that some of these alien pupils had been put thorugh hazing and are ostracized and made to feel their inferiority in many ways at the common school.
(Hmmm.... That "common school" concept seems to be losing its meaning.)
Members of the city council apparently oppose the plan.