April 14, 1907 (Sunday)
SOME TIMELESS NEWS: Today's Washington Post's Sunday paper has some material that seems ripped from the pages of an early 21st-century tabloid. One is a small feature about "The Biggest Woman in the World." Her name is Maria Fassanauer (in the picture on the right, she's standing on the left). She is 8 feet tall and weights 343 pounds. Known as a "Tyrolean Giantess," she is touring Europe. She lives mostly on cereals, fruits and vegetables and eats very little meat. She is 27 and is, the article says, "still marriageable."
Other stories also emphasize the strange and bizarre world:
Here's a sampling of the headlines on one particular page page:
"Holds Man-Eating Record: Champion of the Fijian Cannibals Says Human Flesh Is More Delicate Than Chicken"
"Most Brutal Fight on Record: A Bout That Was Arranged Between Two Cripples as a Joke Had a Serious and Bloody Ending"
"Church Bells Gave Him Hunch: Horseman Who Heard Chimes on Saints' Day Cashed a Three-Hundred-to-One Combination"
Have tastes changed much?
LONDON PAPERS SCOLD AMERICA OVER THE THAW TRIAL: There's some thoughtful commentary bubbling up in Britain in the aftermath of the trial of Harry K. Thaw, who was accused of murdering architect Sanford White in one of the most publicized court cases ever. That trial -- full of lurid testimony about scandalous behaviour in certain New York circles -- has ended with a hung jury.
From The Daily News: "The American press forbid the performance of Shaw's play [referring to "Mrs. Warren's Profession"], but print with every noisome detail full reports of the painful and disgusting trial. Both aberrations betray undisciplined sentimentality but worse than the sentimentality is the power of money to override the puritanism, which is still the dominant note in American public opinion. One scarcely knows whether to be more amazed at the insincerity of such a press or at the gullibility of such a public."