June 17, 1907 (Monday)
ACTOR WALKS 700 MILES TO TRY OUT FOR A PART AT CONEY ISLAND: Things looked bleak for actor/sign painter Barney Gamezlas about 10 weeks ago. He was in Michigan -- in the town of Manistee, to be more precise. The traveling show he was with folded, leaving the actors short about three weeks of salary and three days of meal tickets. Gamezlas hopped a train to Detroit. He painted signs there for about five weeks. Then he decided to head to Coney Island to see if he could land a summer job in one of the stage shows at Luna Park, which the New York Times calls "The Electric City by the Sea" (as you can tell from this night-time photo). Barney and his dog Pal WALKED the 700 miles. They arrived Saturday night. It turns out that the show "The Days of '49" needed a stage driver. He got the role. And the dog Pal has been retained as "rat-catcher" for the show. The Times says that "according to last reports" the dog "is earning his board and lodging."
FRANCE INTRODUCES "NICOTINELESS WEED": Smokers in France who seek "a light flavor" or who "by reason of nervous or cardiac weakness are wary of nicotine" now have an option. It's called "caporal doux" and the French government has begun filling shelves with it. Thanks to a machine-washing process, the tobacco has a 1 percent proportion of nicotine, considerably less than the 2.5 percent typically found, according to a report in today's New York Times. The government began making the stuff about eight months ago. Here's a summary, presented in the Times:
To smokers accustomed to full-flavored tobacco the smoke of caporal doux is somewhat insipid. Its one advantage is that twenty-five cigarettes made of it contain only the same amount of nicotine as ten of ordinary corporal, and its narcotic action upon the heart and nervous system is proportionately reduced.
No mention of the lungs.