Dec. 31, 1907 (Tuesday)
ROOM IN NEW YORK'S CITY HALL IS "SAVED" BY MILLIONAIRE'S WIFE: The city of New York announced yesterday that it has accepted the offer of Mrs. Russell Sage (or, better, Margaret Olivia Slocum Sage-- a native of Syracuse, N.Y.) to pay for the restoration of the Governor's Room (above) in City Hall. Her donation is $25,000. The city's historical society, which had purchased all the plans of city hall architect John McComb, has discovered that the collection includes plans that "will enable the work of restoration to be done in the full spirit of the original," according to today's New York Times.
Here's a portion the letter from the philanthropist (about whom there's a biography available) (right), as described in a letter that is included in today's article:
I am interested in the complete and satisfactory restoration of the Governor's Room in the City Hall as one of the most important historical rooms in the city.
I understand that the changes recently made have not been satisfactory to the city authorities, but that there is no city money presently available to restore this room, as well as its decoration and furniture, substantially in their original condition.
The Times notes that the present effort to restore the room has been inapproriate and falls short of true restoration. For example, "the chandeliers in the room, while beautiful, are an anacronism."
GOLFING ACCIDENT LEADS TO A WEDDING: Former Yale University baseball star Burnside Winslow and former National Golf Champion Helen Carrington, daughter of John Carrington have announced they will be married on Jan. 15. This earns a spot on the front page of today's New York Times mostly due to the strange way the two met. While Winslow was a freshman at Yale, he played a round of golf at a New Haven club. While on the links, he was HIT by a GOLF BALL struck by Miss Carrington. A conversation followed. They were engaged about two years later.
This indicates that CUPID isn't limited to a mere BOW AND ARROW. Sometimes a niblik and ball will do nicely.
THERE'S PLENTY OF WORRY ABOUT JAPAN'S WAR PREPARATIONS: The Kosmos ocean liner Neko arrived in San Francisco recently from the port of Iquique, Chile. Passengers report that saltpetre and yucca are flowing from Chile to Japan. Today's Times reports that "a line of fast steamers of about 6,000 tons register has been put on between Japan and Iquique, and these steamers are taking full cargoes."
The Times properly gives an explanaion of the YUCCA shipment and how it relates to "War Supplies for Japan":
Yucca is a shredded palm with resinous grass growing in its head, which contains an abundance of PICTIC ACID, and its sole use in Japan is for the manufacture of SHIMOSE POWDER, the Japanese high explosive used with deadly effect in the war with Russia.
Guess the YUCCA is not being brought in for decorations in FERN BARS in TOKYO.