Dec. 2, 1907 (Monday)
CLEVER FEMALE DETECTIVE SUCCEEDS IN NAILING FUGITIVE: Dozens of Secret Service agents and detectives have spent months (and thousands of dollars) searching for Salomon Herman, who is wanted for receiving thousands of dollars of BRASS stolen from the National Tube Company (The picture above shows the plant near Pittsburgh). Then Mrs. Dan Muckler, who works for a Cleveland detective agency came up with a plan, according to today's New York Times. She headed to Lorraine, Ohio, and visited Herman's wife. She pretended to be a FUGITIVE from the law, herself -- trying to capitalize on the "honor among thieves" concept. She won the confidence of Mrs. Herman.
One day, Mrs. Herman approached Muckler and said, "I can't write the English. Will you address a letter for me?"
It turns out that she wanted to send the letter to her husband -- using an assumed name.
Muckler headed to the auto shop in Montreal, looking for the "Mr. Cohen," to whom the letter was addressed. Muckler recognized him from the descriptions.
That ended the search.
SACRE BLEU! FRENCH LOSE A MILITARY AIRSHIP "PATRIE": The French airship that broke loose from its stand near Verdun, France, on Nov. 30 WAS SPOTTED yesterday. That's the good news. The bad news is that the people who saw it were in various places in Cardiganshire, WALES. And they said the ship was floating away to the West. Later in the afternoon, an airship was seen passing over BELFAST, Northern Ireland, but the name could not be read. Essentially, it seems as though the Patrie (shown at right) is lost for good.
SON -- SPURNED BY FATHER FOR RUNNING OFF WITH A FRENCH MAID (YES, THAT'S RIGHT) -- WINS HIS WAY BACK INTO FATHER'S HEART -- BY COACHING A COLLEGE FOOTBALL TEAM TO A ONE-LOSS SEASON: All the elements of a racy novel seem to be present in the tale of former Yale football star John Alston Moorhead, son of John K. Moorhead Jr. and member of one of Pittsburgh's oldest and wealthiest families. During Easter vacation from Yale in 1906, John A. Moorhead, got to his family home just as his mother was returning from a visit to Paris, accompanied by a FRENCH MAID, [No, I won't give a link for that term; you'll have to find one yourself.] or, as today's New York Times puts it, "a petite French maid with beauty and an accent which attracted young John."
Their relationship blossomed. The servants talked. The mother heard about it. She confronted the maid -- who is not named in the article. She threw the maid out.
The son, upon hearing this declared, "If she goes, I go with her."
John A. and the maid were married in New York City the next day. The boy's father CUT HIM OFF, forcing the newlyweds to scrape by on meager earnings.
He found out that the Western University of Pennsylvania (now the University of Pittsburgh) needed a football coach. He was hired. However, "his family was indignant that a Moorhead should do such work." But the team did well in 1906. In 1907, according to the Times, WUP lost only one game (to Cornell, which was to be expected, of course) and defeated rival State College on Thanksgiving. THAT WIN evidently changed everything in the attitude of the elder John K. Moorhead. According to the article in today's Times:
Since last Thursday, he has taken his son back to his heart, told him that he has demonstrated that he is every inch a man, and extended to him and his young wife the place that belongs to them in the family circle.
(UPDATE: According to the obituary for John A. Moorhead, printed in the New York Times on Aug. 19, 1931, he coached through the 1910 season (including the game pictured above, against West Virginia in 1908 -- note the GRIDIRON yard markings on the field). He then went into the family steel business. He was 49 when he died, which was the result of a fall in his Sewickley home that caused a skull fracture. The article mentions the name of that French maid -- Marguerite Clements. They had one child, Marjorie Anne Moorhead.)
(A PUZZLE: The official Pittsburgh record book shows John A. Moorhead as the coach for one year only, in 1907, during which the team lost TWO GAMES. The Wikipedia entry gives the university a 9-1 record in 1907.)