Feb. 14, 1907 (Thursday)
CAPTAIN'S COURAGE QUESTIONED: Today's Post-Standard includes a wonderful map (above) that shows the spot at which the liner Larchmont collided with the schooner Henry Knowlton. Now that the few survivors have thawed out from the chill of the 50 mph winds, one is talking about the cowardice of the captain of the Larchmont. Evidently, he was on the lifeboat that was the first one to leave the sinking ship. The critic is 18-year-old Fred Hiergesell. Others are saying the captain behaved well after the collision. Beforehand, it looks as though each captain was at fault in the disaster.
A NEW LOOK AT WORDS: He it's not be as clever as the work of Ambrose Bierce, but it's still worth checking out excerpts from a "dictionary" of sorts by Wex Jones, as printed in the New York Journal. Here are some of his words and definitions:
COAST, noun -- The rim of a country, devoted to bathing, drowning, flirting and being bombarded.
COAST, verb -- To hit an old gentleman in the slats with a sled.
FURS -- The only overcoats which cost more second than first hand.
SUN -- The street-cleaning department.
TURTLE -- The only thing that looks happy in the soup.
ASTRONOMER WORRIES ABOUT SUN SPOT: Astronomer John A. Brashear (shown above with children) of the Allegheny Observatory announced yesterday the discovery of a massive SUN SPOT that's about 3.5 million square miles in area (about the size of BRAZIL). He thinks some electrical disturbances will surface sometime tonight. Other astronomers aren't so sure.
FANS IN CHICAGO TO BECOME WELL-INFORMED: The Washington Post has a notice in today's paper that indicates that more baseball fans will be able to learn umpires' decisions more quickly. The Chicago White Sox plan to install an electrical scoreboard that will be operated from a spot near home plate. It will let people know about balls and strikes and decisions at the bases. If this works and if other parks follow suit -- St. Louis already has something similar -- then umpires won't have to try and duplicate the activity of "Silk" McLaughlin, "whose inimitable manner of pronouncing decisions has made him the most popular diamond judge in America," according to the Post. This will work, so long as the SUN SPOTS don't interfere with the electricity.