April 27, 1908 (Monday)
SHIP COLLISION OFF ISLE OF WIGHT WAS DEADLIER THAN FIRST REPORTED: The latest reports from the
tremendous collision between the British cruiser Gladiator and the steam ship St. Paul on April 24 indicate that more than 30 British sailors are dead or missing. The number of casualties "may go beyond that figure," according to today's New York Times. The St. Paul could sail away from the accident; the Gladiator, however, rolled over (above). The collision took place in a blinding snowstorm. Officials now believe that many sailors became disoriented and lost their bearings when they had to take to the water. Even though the shore was only 500 YARDS away, many swam out to sea. The Times correspondent reported yesterday by telegraph that a bridegroom of three days was among the dead. So, too, was a sailor who swam back to the cruiser to get $150 he had left behind. One sailor reportedly swam "back and forth until he had rescued eleven men."
GLYN GLIMPSES A REASON FOR THE HAPPINESS IN CHICAGO: The provocative writer Elinor Glyn (right) is back in the news. The author of "Three Weeks," yesterday watched the Sunday parade in the Pompeian Room (above) of the Congress Hotel and Annex in Chicago and said, "People are so happy in Chicago."
An interviewer asked, "What is the reason?"
She replied, "Oh, because divorce is so easy, I suppose" (referring to the ease with which Chicagoans are able to slip across the state line into Indiana for a quicker end to a bad marriage".
Remember, Elinor's the one who inspired this anonymous poem (and its variations), inspired by her novel "Three Weeks":
Would you like to sin
With Elinor Glyn
On a tiger skin ?
Or would you prefer
To err with her
On some other fur?