Oct. 27, 1907 (Sunday)
MISSIONARY RETURNS WITH BLEAK REPORT FROM THE CONGO: Despite official reports to the contrary, it appears that talk of reform in the CONGO is premature. The source of this is The Rev. W. Cassie Murdoch, a Baptist missionary. A report with a London dateline says Murdoch just finished a boots-on-the-ground trek through the Belgian Crown domain of the Congo Free State. His tale, in the words of The New York Times, "shows that the boasted reforms are a farce and were never intended for anything but European consumption."
His report flows with earlier horror stories -- such as those that say individuals who failed to meet rubber-collection quotas were punished severely or killed. Murdoch's report likely reminds readers of images that have circulated in recent years of Congo residents whose hands have been cut off (see photo). It seems that not much has changed in the horrible reign of Congo under King Leopold II of Belgium.
Murdoch is quoted:
"The system of the Government is a vast atrocity involving the people in a state of unimaginable misery. It is not slavery, as slavery was generally understood; it is not even the uncivilized African's idea of slavery; there never was slavery more absolute in its despotism or more fiendish in its tyranny."
GERMAN CHEF TURNS NOSE UP AT AMERICAN COOKING: Evidently, Alfred Neumann, the chef to the Imperial Highness the Prussian Crown Princess Cecile (shown) couldn't get back to Germany fast enough, following a culinary tour of America.
He came here with marching orders to find any food that was better than anything made in Germany. But he came up nearly empty-handed. According to a cable dispatch printed in today's New York Times, he considered American cooking to be BARBARIC. One of the great comments is summed up by the Times:
"He says the only good AMERICAN cooking is FRENCH."
He did have praise for one menu item: CLAM CHOWDER. He hopes to turn this into a favorite item on the Queen's table.
He was impressed by the equipment available for cooking in the nation's great hotel kitchens. The article continues:
The great New York hotels, he says, have kitchen arrangments which for extensiveness, cleanliness and completeness equal those of the finest royal palaces in Europe.
TIMES HOLDS LIMERICK CONTEST -- $30 IN PRIZE MONEY IS AT STAKE: Today's New York Times prints an unfinished limerick and wants readers to add a FINAL LINE.
Here are the first four lines:
Said a statesman called Teddy, "Shall I
At my job have a third and last try?"
On deciding this bent
He flipped up a cent
.......[fill in the final line]......
The Times gives readers until Oct. 31 to submit entries. Good luck. The winner will be printed on Nov. 2, 1907. Can't wait.