May 21, 1907 (Tuesday)
RUSSIA THREATENS TO ARREST LENIN: Today's New York Times says a warrant has been issued for Nikolai Lenin, who leads a faction that's attending the Social Democratic Congress in London. The warrant reads: Valdimir Ulianoff, alias Lenin." The charge is high treason. Russian authorities say he will be arrested if he returns to Russia. The article says, "Lenin is regarded by the police as being the most dangerous and most capable of all the Revolutionary leaders. He is well known as a writer on Economic subjects."
PACK JOURNALISM IS NOTHING NEW, or HOW TO AVOID REPORTERS (I): William Ellis Corey, president of US Steel, (shown here in 1908) and wife No. 2, actress Mabelle Gilman, landed at Cherbourg yesterday after crossing the Atlantic on the Kaiser Wilhelm II. Here's a glimpse, in the words of today's New York Times, at the cat-and-mouse game Corey played with the members of the press:
A small army of newspaper men boarded the Kaiser Wilhelm II when she put into Plymouth this morning, each bent on having a heart-to-heart talk, first with Mr. Corey and then with Mrs. Corey. Thy did not get within easy megaphone distance of the bridal pair. At the foot of the stairs leading to the Captain's suite they encountered a big German bouncer, and none of them could get by him. In fact, none tried to get by, for he looked altogether too fierce to trifle with. He and another terrible giant had held the stairway against all comers ever since the boat left New York.
A few of the reporters had the exquisite pleasure of catching a glimpse of Corey as, clad in pajamas, he came on deck in order to receipt for some registered letters brought aboard by the Plymouth mail carriers. An instant more, and the press photographer who caught Miss Marie Corelli the other day [see April 28]would have had a snapshot of Corey in his costume de nuit. A stupid reporter spoiled everything by shouting, "Hello, Mr. Corey!"
It did not take Corey long to get back to his prison and slam the door.
PACK JOURNALISM IS NOTHING NEW, or HOW TO AVOID REPORTERS (II): Lawyer Abraham Hummel, of the notorious Howe and Hummel law firm, began a stint in cell No. 23 yesterday at New York's Blackwell's Island Penitentiary. He starts a "one year term for conspiracy in the Dodge-Morse divorce case," according to today's New York Times. He cleverly AVOIDED REPORTERS on his way to jail.
<There was only one thing that Hummel begged hard for, and that was to be spared from the newspaper reporters and artists. [The illustration here is from The Daily Graphic, in the 1870s.] Before he was put on the defense of himself he had faced batteries of cameras and had talked to hundreds, if not thousands, of interviewers. Yesterday, on his way to prison, his little fringe of hair cropped to the roots and his upper lip cleanshaven, it was a different matter. He sought as best he could o escape from his house without being interrupted or his picture snapped.
As reporters and photographers camped in front of his house, a large car pulled to the curb and a man rushed out of the house. As the car sped off, many reporters followed it -- but the man who rushed into the car was Hummel's nephew. The car returned and parked a distance from the house. Then the real Hummel darted up from a basement entrance to his house with a large white handkerchief over his face. He ducked into the automobile and raced away, pulling away from reporters who had hired cabs for a chase. He lost all reporters so he could get to his 2 p.m. rendezvous with a deputy sheriff at 24 West 45th Street.