Jan. 21, 1907 (Monday)
ALL EYES ON JOHN D. ROCKEFELLER -- IN AN ALL-BLACK CHURCH: The "oil king," John D. Rockefeller (right) -- attended a service yesterday at "Big Bethel," the leading black church (Baptist) in Augusta, Ga. According to a news report, there was great interest among the congregation in ... what he would do when the COLLECTION PLATE was passed by him. An article in today's New York Times said, "When the plate was passed there was another craning of necks toward Rockefeller, which seemed to embarrass him."
When the plate came, he put in a ONE DOLLAR COIN. Then, he called the collector back and emptied his pockets of coins, amounting to $20. (For 2007 dollars, multiply by 20.)
THANKS, BUT NO THANKS: Americans are dumbfounded at the governor the Jamaica, Alexander Swettenham. He has requested that the U.S. Navy, which sent ships (including the battleship Missouri) and sailors to the quake-ravaged city of Kingston, pack up and GO HOME -- ending a mission of mercy. It's a stunning development. Londoners are equally amazed. Today's Washington Post said, "The incident occurs at a moment when the British press and public are loud in an expression of grateful recognition of the prompt and generous assistance the United States rendered when it was impossible, owing to their distances from the scen, for Bitish war ships to go to the rescue."
In a puzzling statement, Acting Secretary of State (for the U.S.) Bacon insists that the ships have not left Jamaica: "There is not any truth in it. I know what I am talking about. There is not the slightest kind of trouble or foundation for it in any way, shape or manner. The ships have not sailed. I know exactly what happened, and there is no foundation for it in any manner. That is perfectly straight. If you are looking for the facts, those are the facts."