July 5, 1908 (Sunday)
COULD ENGLAND BE SHEDDING ITS PRUDISHNESS? Today's New York Times wonders if England is moving toward a "healthier and more honest state of public opinion." Part of the evidence lies in the recent public support for the acquisition of Velazquez' "Venus at Her Mirror" (above) for the National Gallery. In addition, the British Medical Association has refused to yield to pressure to remove statues of nudes on new buildings along the Strand.
CURTISS MAKES A GIANT LEAP IN HIS JUNE BUG AIRPLANE: Glenn Curtiss took his "June Bug" airplane aloft and covered about a mile yesterday at Hammondsport, N.Y. The plane covered about a mile and a half in about one minute and 42 seconds. The flight was the 16th made by the aircraft, according to Curtiss (who is pictured above at the controls in a photograph that was in today's New York Times.) The flight made history because it was the first pre-announced public flight. (The Wright Brothers did their work in secrecy.) Today's Times says, "Dr. Bell, President of the Aero Experiment Association, says that all doubts as to the feasibility of aerial navigation by heavier-than-air machines have been put at rest."
PARISIANS PICK LOCOMOTIVE AS THE GREATEST RECENT INVENTION: The Petit Journal newspaper in Paris recently asked 200,000 readers to name the most useful invention of "modern times." The answer, according to today's New York Times was THE LOCOMOTIVE.
Here's the top 12:
4. Cure for hydrophobia.
8. Steam boiler.
11. Sewing machine.
The Times says that the bicycle, automobile and tramway were quite low on the list of responses. Others mentioned the artificial diamond.