May 10, 1908 (Sunday)
BIG HATS REMAIN IN THE NEWS: Today's New York Times includes an illustration that offers another benefit of the large hats (also known as Merry Widow Hats) that some women wear. The illustration above, with the caption "Leave Us Alone", shows how such a hat can keep unwanted suitors at more than arm's reach from a woman. The paper also included a front-page story on the remarkable PROTECTION offered by such a hat. Evidently a hail storm swirled around Hampton Junction, N.J., on May 8 and caught Anna and May Omick exposed as they rode in an uncovered buggy from the village to the family's farm. The hail left numerous scars and bruises on the buggy and the left the horse stunned. The mare, according to reports, dropped in her tracks when she got to the farmhouse. It turns out that Anna was wearing what the Times calls a "M.W. hat." She was dry and unhurt. It was big enough to provide some protection for her sister, too.
A SOBERING BUDGET: Today's Times has a feature article with the headline of "How to Live on Thirty-Five Dollars a Week". The article includes the chart shown above. According to each category, rent should amount to either one-eighth, one-sixth, or one-fifth of monthly expenses. Food, clothing and the mysterious "help" should account for the same amount as rent. (The article explains that "help" is the equivalent of "contingencies" and lists some examples: car fare, holidays, insurance, fuel, repairs, illness, books and help.) Clearly a major part of each budget is SAVINGS, something it appears we have lost sight of. It appears that the guideline here covers a household of two. For comparison to 2008, multiply the dollar amount by about 20 (e.g., "How to Live on $700 a Week"). Hmmm, taxes don't seem to be mentioned much in the article. Maybe that's one reason why savings are often overlooked in budgets.