Feb. 16, 1907 (Saturday)
GIRLS CAN RELAX A BIT IN BLOOMINGTON, ILL.: A "serial hugger" has been put out of commission in Bloomington, Ill. The accused is Wesley Greenley. He has been frightening girls and women for months, according to today's Washington Post, by "grabbing them o the strets and hugging them." The arrest happened in front of the house of former Vice President Adlai E. Stevenson (left). Former Gov. Joseph W. Fifer was one who helped arrest the man. He played an important role in keeping parents and others from doing some real physical harm to the accused man.
HERE'S A 'DOG BITES MAN' HEADLINE IF I EVER SAW ONE: The headline, in today's Post-Standard, is.... "MUCH MONEY IS SPENT IN PLAYERS' SALARIES". It's talking about baseball. Somebody has pulled out the adding machine and discovered that the clubs in the American League spent HALF A MILLION DOLLARS in players' salaries last year. The biggest-spending team is CLEVELAND. The next two teams are Boston ($70,000) and New York ($65,000). In the National League, the top spenders are Chicago and New York ($60,000 each). No numbers are given for Boston of the National League and St. Louis of the American League. The reason, according tot he article is that those clubs "will pay an even smaller amount, as nearly all of their players are CHEAP MEN."
ANOTHER VIEW OF THE EDITOR'S PLAN TO OPEN THE WORKDAY WITH PRAYER: Remember the idea a Kalamazoo editor had -- to start the workday in the newsroom with a WORD OF PRAYER? Well, someone at The Roff Eagle (a newspaper in the Indian Territory, or Oklahoma) had a nice spin on it. Here's the item, as printed in The Post-Standard:
An editor at Kalamazoo, Mich., opens his office each morning with prayer. Thas it the proper spirit, but in most places newspaper offices are opened by the devil.
That would mean, of course, the printer's devil.