March 2, 1907 (Saturday)
CONTROVERSY SWIRLS AROUND EDDY -- MARY BAKER EDDY: Relatives of Mary Baker Eddy (right), head of the Christian Science Church, filed suit yesterday in New Hampshire demanding an accounting of all her transactions. They claim that Mrs. Eddy has been "incompetent to do business or to understand transactions conducted in her name in connection with her property. Among those filing the suit are Eddy's son George W. Glover of Deadwood, South Dakota, and his daughter. The suit states that Glover saw Mrs. Eddy for about 45 minutes on Jan. 1. "She was weak bodily, and her mind was beclouded and enfeebled and possessed by strange and irrational notions," the suit alleges. They think others are benefiting from Mrs. Eddy's holdings and position with the church.
TELLER AT TREASURY ATTACKS REPORTER: Investigators are putting pressure on George Fitzgerald, the teller who was in charge of the cage in the subtreasury from which about $172,000 is missing in Chicago. He survived the "questioning" at the hands of the secret service, according to The Washington Post -- barely. An article in today's paper says, "Some idea of the ferocity of the sweating process may be gained from the fact that it is alleged the teller fainted under the ordeal and it was neessary to revive him." The teller turned some ferocity of his own on a reporter after the session. When he left the "inquisitorial chamber" on the eighth floor of the Federal Building, he attacked a newspaper reporter and threatened to kill him, while waving a blackjack. Fitzgerald said the reporter had visited the teller's home in search of a photograph of the man. The reporter told the teller's wife that he would print stories of her husband's private life unless she turned over a photograph of her husband. That's evidently what set Fitzgerald on the warpath.
CUSTOMS OFFICIALS IN RHODE ISLAND SEIZE A PAINTED CEILING: The U.S. has seized twelve "large cases of paintings" in Providence, R.I., claiming they were undervalued by at least 2/3 by people importing them from Italy. The cases have been in limbo since someone named Dominic Mango depositied them on the floor of the Customs House and let for home after escorting the packages from Italy. When put together, the cases make up a WOODEN CEILING that's 40 feet by 20 feet. The artwork depicts cupids, fruit, flowers and garlands. The art is in excellent condition and an expert claims it's the work of one of Italy's FIFTEENTH CENTURY MASTERS. The word is that the artwork came from a 15th-century Florentine villa that was destroyed a while ago. Interestingly, the architectural firm of McKim, Mead & White of New York City has sued the importing house for $100,000 for failing to deliver "just such a work." The "White" in the firm's name refers to architect Sanford White, whose killer (Harry Thaw) is currently on trial.