March 10, 1907 (Sunday)
VICTORIAN EXPLORER IS SAVED BY A COPY OF PUNCH MAGAZINE: A reporter with Reuter's recently spoke with African explorer Maj. Powell-Cotton (right)who recently returned from Africa. In one tale, the explorer described an encounter with a male lion near Lake Albert. He shot the lion, who then retreated into some bushes. After a while, Powell-Cotton and his fellow hunters found the lion and tried to determine the extent of his injuries. Suddenly, the lion rushed at the Englishman. He fired his double-barrel gun, but the lion kept coming. Powell-Cotton then turned to his assistant, expecting to grab another loaded firearm. But his assistant had fled. The lion pounced on the Britisher and began to bite and claw at him. Soon, someone else int he party shot the lion dead. Powell-Cotton said he was saved from great injury because the lion's claws and teeth mostly tore up a folded-up copy of the magazine Punch, which the explorer had in a pocket.
DON'T LET THEM SEE "THE DEPARTED": A report in today's Washington Post tells that numerous women in the audience of a London play are fainting because of the overwhelming number of MURDERS that take place on stage. The play is called "The Final Struggle for Gold." The script call for FOURTEEN REALISTIC MURDERS. Reportedly women have to be carried out at every performance "in a fainting condition." The paper says the stage "resembles a slaughterhouse" in the third act, when there are eight murders. Producers have tried to reduce the tension in the theater by having "comic singers" perform between acts.
COLLEGE STUNTS ATTRACT ATTENTION IN BOSTON: Thanks largely to the stunts performed by Theodore Roosevelt Jr. at Harvard attention in Boston has been turned to a greater degree than before on the recent initiation activities performed by colleges in and around that city. Here are some of of the stunts, according to an article in today's Washington Post:
1. Count the number of hairs on a guinea pig.
2. Ride a camel from Boston to Harvard Square -- and race a trolley car along the way.
3. Count the number of trees on the Boston Common, write the number on the back of a bullfrog and present the amphibian to the overseeing committee.