July 26, 1908 (Sunday)
THE MEDIA HAVEN'T ALWAYS BEEN FIXATED ON THE RED-STATE/BLUE-STATE LINEUP: As election season nears, today's New York Times produced a COLORED "Presidential Campaign Map" of the United States. Republican Theodore Roosevelt was swept to victory in 1904, and the map emphasizes a state-by-state breakdown of that election. The map is in color. REPUBLICAN STATES are presented in YELLOW; DEMOCRATIC STATES are presented in BLUE. (See detail above.)
The map also presents three states with no history of official voting as a state: Oklahoma, Arizona and New Mexico.
The paper also printed a cartoon that describes the relationship between President Roosevelt and William Howard Taft, the presumptive Republican nominee. (See below.)
U.S. BOASTS OF STRONG OIL EXPORTS THANKS TO THE WORLDWIDE REACH OF STANDARD OIL: The New York Times begins an article with this statement found in the "Standard Oil Abroad" article by C.M. Keys in the August issue of The World's Work:
"Of every 100 barrels of crude oil produced and refined by American labor in American territory, 60 go out through the ports of exit and are scattered abroad in all lands."
The largest markets are outside Europe, too, Keys says:
"There is not in all India, a single hamlet in which men do not know the name of "Ish-standard Oil."
There's a Standard Oil station at Dayulung "under the shadow of Mount Everest." [Could that be Darjeeling?]
And, get this:
"At Bushire, at the very head of the Persian Gulf, there is a distributing station. It supplies Persia, lighting the temples of Ghiras and Ispahan; another main station at Muscat, Arabia, scatters oil across the deserts up through Oman and Elphasa, Baghdad is reached from the head of the gulf.
The article also notes that people in Arabia "cunningly" turn the DISCARDED CANS into bird cages.
Standard Oil sold 750,000 oil lamps in China. The ad campaign promised "Though this lamp is more expensive than the native-made ones, which give no light and a lot of smoke, you must remember that if you use this lamp in your homes, all will be able to see clearly, and both men and women will be able to work at night without fatigue."