July 13, 1907 (Saturday)
AN AD TO REMEMBER: Here's an ad in today's Boston Globe that touts the weight-loss program of F.J. Kellogg of Battle Creek, Mich. (That refers NOT to the better known Kelloggs of Battle Creek but to Frank Jonas Kellogg.) He calls this a "Safe Fat Reducer" and his company is worth reading about.
Curiously, an article on the same page as this ad has this headline: "Fat Men Gather." It's a humorous tale about a gathering of heavy men in Concord, N.H. It might be a bit sobering 100 years later to read some of the weights that earned men membership in "the New England fat man's club." The man who won the "all-round blue ribbon" weighed 285 pounds, with second place going to someone weighing 271. The running race was won by A.H. Steele of Concord. He weighs 208 pounds. One of the speeches was titled "Our Fat Brothers in the Commercial Circle."
HERE'S A HEADLINE YOU DON'T SEE OFTEN: Imagine that: "Cat Is Cause of a Murder." Well, here goes: Charles J. Reed of Watertown was shot dead last night, according to today's Boston Globe. Police have arrested a man, Michael Angelo. It seems that Mr. Reed had shot a neighbor's cat because the hungry feline had developed a taste for some chickens belonging to Mr. Reed. The cat belonged to Mr. Reed's neighbor, who is a sister-in-law of Mr. Angelo. Police said the accused killer was motivated by revenge for the shooting of the cat. Legal observers doubt whether Mr. Angelo can make effective use of the "unwritten law" and "higher law" defenses mounted by other killers -- the Bowies, for instance (see below).
PROSPECTIVE GROOMSMEN, BEWARE! JURY FREES KILLERS, SAYING THEY WERE JUSTIFIED IN SHOOTING MAN WHO BACKED OUT OF A WEDDING: Chalk up another courtroom victory for the "unwritten law" -- an angle on justifiable homicide that continues to be trotted out to rationalize a host of killings, including lynching. In this case, a mother and her son were declared not guilty yesterday in Maryland. Their defense lawyer, Sidney E. Mudd, brought men and women to tears, according to an account in today's Globe. Here's a glimpse:
Mr. Mudd cited a dozen cases in which avengers of the ruin of sisters, daughters and wives were acquitted, emphasizing particularly the Sickles case.
"Never since the formation of this government down to the present instant of time has there been tried before a jury of American citizens a single case of murder following wanton seduction on which the verdict has been anything other than instantaneous acquittal."