May 28, 1908 (Thursday)
DENVER LIMITS ACCESS TO LIQUOR AT DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL PARTY CONVENTION: No, relax. This is not about the 2008 Democratic convention in Denver. We're talking 1908. Today's New York Times includes a front-page story a number of firms "experienced in catering at conventions" offered quite a bit of money to be allowed to sell liquor in the convention hall in Denver, where the nation's Democrats will gather in July -- at the Denver City Auditorium (above). However, the Committee on Arrangements has refused to allow the sale of any liquor in the convention hall. In fact, all concessions will be refused, including refreshments and cigars "in and around" the hall. The Times says the nearest licensed saloon will be ONE BLOCK away from the convention hall. Refreshment stands for non-intoxicating beverages will be allowed, across the street from the all.
HETTY GREEN CONTINUES A BIT OF A SPENDING SPREE: There's a lot of talk about the unwillingness of the wealthy Hetty Green to spend money. Clearly, she's loosening the purse strings a bit. Yesterday's New York Times described the first dinner party she had ever given (at her suite in the Plaza). Today's Times has an even more amazing tale, under the headline of "Hetty Green Taking Beauty Treatments." Yes, on the front page. The paper reports that Mrs. Green (whose close-up appears above) has paid $300 for a series of 21 beauty treatments at a Fifth Avenue shop. The Times says the place "has long been a Mecca for dowagers, with waning charms." She began the treatment "a few days ago" and has had six sessions so far, the paper says. By the time she gave Tuesday's dinner party she was well into the treatment. It's paying off, evidently. The Times wrote,
One of Mrs. Green's men guests at her Tuesday night dinner said she resembled an eighteenth century Marquise. This comment pleased her immensely.