Jan. 27, 1908 (Sunday)
AID GROUP SAYS FEWER JEWS CAME TO NYC IN 1907: There's been a marked dropoff in the number of members of the Jewish faith who emigrate to New York City, according to a report released last night by the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society. [That's one of the group's 1909 publications above.] Last year, 106,968 came into New York, about 32 percent fewer than in 1906. The largest group, more than 76,000, came from Russia. Nearly 15,000 came from Austria.
The arrivals have had a tough go of it, according to the report. Today's New York Times quotes a portion:
These were mostly young, sturdy men who came here to offer their vigor and muscle to American industries. But they came, unfortunately, in the midst of our own economic crisis, which was the cause of much anxiety on the part of such institutions as the United Hebrew Charities, the Council of Jewish Women, the Clara De Hirsch Home, the Hebrew Sheltering House, as well as the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society."
NEWSPAPER EDITOR'S PLEA FOR A HUSBAND CAUSES AN INTERESTED EDITOR TO STOP HIS PRESSES: It seems like the last straw for editor Elizabeth Sohm was that she failed to secure a share of official county printing to support her newspaper in Storm Lake, Iowa -- the Vidette. [It's a great name for a newspaper, a variant of vedette.] So, this week, she decided to take advantage of a certain leap year tradition. So, she printed a card with the following message [emphasis added]:
A constant fight for what rightfully belongs to her is a wear and tear on the nervous system of any woman, and we have come to the belief that in order to stay in newspaper work and maintain our health, we will have to marry some good printer who can do the FIGHTING and SWEARING for us. This is leap year, and may be considered a proposal by any one who would be qualified to fill the vacancy so evident in The Vidette office.
The notice caught the attention of bachelor G.A. Craig, editor of The Lytton (Iowa) Star. An item in today's New York Times says "he stopped his press" and printed the following note [emphasis added]:
We believe we are eligible to fill the vacancy, which Miss Sohm feels exists in her print shop. We are a Missouri Democrat of forty years' standing, considered a good printer, and CAN SWEAR FLUENTLY IN SEVEN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES. We agree to accept Miss Sohm's proposal on condition that she will show credentials as to COOKING ABILITIES and express a willingness to darn our socks and mend the gable end of our trousers when needed. As soon as a favorable reply is received we stand ready to close the deal.".
Interest in the next edition of the Vidette is likely to skyrocket, as Storm Lakers await Miss Sohm's reply.