March 8, 1908 (Sunday)
IS THIS A LOT OF BULL: This five-column cartoon is in today's New York Times. The winged man in the middle is John Bull, emblematic of Great Britain. The title of this is "John Bull in Egypt as Pictured by 'The Cairo Punch'."
The words put in his mouth are "I am absolute master of the Seas and Sovereign of all lands; and all the inhabitants of the East and West are submissive to me."
To the left of him are military men representing Europe (with Germany, Turkey, France, Austria, Italy and an oft-injured Russia).
To the right are the colonies, represented as insects and reptiles: Egypt, Sudan, Canada, Australia, the Transvaal and India.
Japan is shown on the right. That man says (to America) "May Washington's bones be sanctified; without him you would still be crawling among those vile insects."
America is perched on the left. It says, "I beg Him who has given me my liberty to strew under the feet of this giant, wherever he passes, as many Washingtons as he deserves to pull down his pride."
LATE ARRIVAL? NO PROBLEM. PASSENGERS GET MONEY: The fast train from Chicago to New York -- called the "118-hour flier" -- reached Jersey City, N.J., at 12:17 p.m., instead of 9:25 a.m. as the schedule dictates. The 135 passengers might have been upset, but they do receive CASH for the late arrival. According to an agreement, the railroad charges an INCREASED FARE for the flier -- with a catch. If the train is more than two hours late, it has to pay each passenger ONE DOLLAR for EACH HOUR of delay. Therefore, the railroad has to pay out $3 to EACH PASSENGER.
POLITICAL CANDIDATES CATCH SOME HEAT BEFORE GRILLERS CLUB IN MANHATTAN: Some "political satire and rough-hewn jokes" were the order of the day yesterday at Healy's Restaurant, where about 150 "grillers" gathered to toast some politicians. The topics dealt with included President Roosevelt's election to a third term, Countess Szechenyi's dowry, rapid transit on the Long Island Railroad, a race track bill and "the weight of Secretary Taft."A police dog was presented as the only member of the police department that was "incorruptible and had never received a bribe."
The motto of the group? "Soc et tu um."