Dec. 20, 1908 (Sunday)
SOME LAST-MINUTE SUGGESTIONS FOR TOY-BUYERS FOR BOYS: Railroad locomotives continue to chug along as the most popular toy for young boys this season, according to a feature story in today's Globe. The illustration with the story (above) shows a train at the bottom along with other toys for boys (such as electric motors, toy animals and a work bench -- along with a token girl toy, the doll). A store manager is quoted in the story as saying:
It is easily within the mark to say that two-thirds of the boys who come in here with their parents, or by themselves, to select a present, choose a locomotive. If all our sales were made to boys themselves, many manufacturers of other lines would have to go out of business.
The price covers a wide range -- from a tin locomotive costing 25 cents to a "complete railroad system" costing $500 to $600. [NOTE: Multiply by 20 for 2008 dollars.]
SULLIVAN TAKES A JAB AT FOOTBALL FANS: Today's Globe includes a lengthy column written by former boxing champion John L. Sullivan. It's called "Jolts from 'John L.'" (above). Obviously, he has a soft spot in his heart for BOXING. It's from that perspective that he criticizes football. And he has some chilling facts:
There were 18 fine boys killed and several hundred hurt in football during the last season, and a minister who was asked what he knew about this, said the courage the game put into the boys was worth all the killings and the hurts. That's good from a minister who is pretty sure to have a hammer out for boxing. I don't believe you've got to kill a boy or make him a cripple for life in order to make him spunky... More boys were killed on the football fields this season than were killed in all the sea fighting on the Yankee side in the Spanish war. Last year 19 boys were done to death in football.
IS IT THE SAME AS BRINGING COALS TO NEWCASTLE? This headline caught my eye, because I grew up in Worcester. That Massachusetts city is on the receiving end of plenty of liquor deliveries by rail because the city recently OK'd a "no license" law for liquor sales. An EXTRA CAR has been put on every train leaving Providence around noon -- to accommodate the extra shipments. The train that leaves Worcester at 6:33 a.m. has extra baggage for the empty kegs and bottles. The recycling effort is duly noted.