March 25, 1907 (Monday)
IT'S CALLED 'A NIGHTMARE MADE OF BRONZE': The "Washington at Prayer" tablet that was put in place last month at the Sub-Treasury building in the Wall Street area (now known as Federal Hall) is drawing some fire from The New York Times, apparently prodded to comment by a reader named "A. Hoosier." The tablet (shown at right) has added "a new and needless gloom" to the Wall Street area, the Times says. It adds, "Horses shy at it, automobiles explode their tires as they pass it, and there isn't the slightest hope that 'the public' will return to Wall Street while it remains there." It's the work of sculptor E.J. Kelley. He shows the Good General in the wilderness, at prayer with his hands -- clasped in kid gloves -- clasped on high. On Feb. 14, the Times noted that the sculptor was mindful that Washington was "ever fastidious in dress" and handled the gloves with, well, kid gloves when it comes to detail -- "even to the three ribs running up and down the back."
From the "I DON'T HAVE TO SHOW YOU NO STINKIN' BADGES" Dept.: The New York City police face a big problem because someone is selling counterfeit police badges for $20. It turns out that some are being used by crooks. For example, one man knocked on the door of a woman's house, showed her the badge and told her he needed to search the house. He ransacked the place and left with "considerable loot" according to the New York Times. Other badges are used for other illegal activities, flashing the badges to theater doorkeepers, street-car conductors and at race tracks and baseball parks, all for free admission. The police don't know how many fake badges are out there. Some patrolmen are even thought to be illegally using genuine Detective Sergeant badges. There's a plan afoot to recall all badges and re-issue them with names and ID numbers engraved on them.