May 13, 1907 (Monday)
A MULE CERTAINLY WON'T WIN THE KENTUCKY DERBY, BUT IT MIGHT WIN A RACE ACROSS THE COUNTRY: The War Department plans a coast-to-coast endurance test for horses, pitting an American-bred mare against a desert-bred Arabian. The route stretches from Portland, Ore., to New York City.
An unidentified Ohio man has complicated things by requesting that the War Department consider allowing his MULE in the race.
The backer of the American-bred mare is Gen. John B. Castleman (left), a veteran of the Confederate army. He opposes the entry of the mule. The Arabian-horse backer, Homer Davenport (right), doesn't mind having a mule at the starting line because thinks his horse has a chance in an endurance test against a mule.
Davenport says he received a letter from Major Gen. Bell, chief of the general staff of the U.S. Army, who thinks the mule will win easily. According to Davenport, Bell said, "that the advantage of the mule in an endurance contest in conceded."
Davenport thinks his Arabian could win such a contest and wants the Army to allow one in.
"I am still hoping that the department will come to my way of thinking and make the race a three-cornered affair," he said in today's New York Times.
VET SAVES THE LIFE OF A POODLE WITH A HOLE IN THE SKULL: Last Friday night, a prized French toy poodle named "Baby Boy" stepped daintily into the library of the home of Miss Ida Sheehan on Park Place in Brooklyn. At that moment a gust of wind -- or something -- closed the heavy door to the room, pinning the poodle against the jam of the door. On Saturday, the dog's skull was trepanned. A portion of skull bone that was 1 inch wide and 1.25 inches long was removed from the dog's skull. The opening was sealed with a GOLD PLATE.