Aug. 20, 1907 (Tuesday)
HE GOT A CLOSE LOOK AT JESSE JAMES -- DEAD AND ALIVE: Today's Washington Post includes a copy of a letter that an unidentified man from Baltimore wrote to the New York World. In it, the man reflects on his contact with Jesse James while working as a telegraph operator in Missouri. Here's how he described James' lifeless body (pictured):
What I saw was the body of a man not more than 5 feet 7 inches tall, slender almost to the point of fragility. A light brown almost blond beard rather long on the check but trimmed to a point on the chin, covered his face, while his head was crowned with an abundance of hair of the same shade. The eyes were closed but I had a vivid recollection of the steely blue eyes that had met my glances across the table at Cameron more than once when clad in a gray suit partially covered by a long linen duster with a hat of modish build the man for whom the surrounding country was being scoured and for whose capture, dead or alive, a large reward was offered, calmly ate his dinner or supper in as public a place as could be found in that vicinity....
He did not in any manner suggest the outlaw. On the contrary nine out of every ten persons who saw him at the time referred to would have taken him for a business man or a preacher -- probably the latter.
WHAT WAS THAT NAME AGAIN? An interview published Saturday in an article by the Paris correspondent of the New York World caused a big stir. In it, the interviewee suggested that President Roosevelt would run for re-election in 1908 and would, if elected, try and remain president for LIFE. The comments raised eyebrows because they were attributed to banker Solomon GUGGENHEIM (shown here). However, the paper got the NAME WRONG. The interview was with lawyer Randolph GUGGENHEIMER, according to a brief item on the front page of today's Washington Post.
A NOBLE GESTURE FOR KIPLING: The word from a Swedish newspaper is that Rudyard Kipling has won the Nobel Prize for literature. The Swedish newspaper has it "on good authority that this is so" and mentions that Mark Twain was under consideration for the honor, according to today's Washington Post. In London, Kipling was asked for confirmation or denial, and he said he has not been notified of the award. (The presentation speech will be made on Dec. 10.)