Dec. 30, 1908 (Wednesday)
QUAKE NEWS FROM ITALY RATTLES BOSTON: Slowly, a picture of utter devastation emerges from news reports of Monday's earthquake in Southern Italy. The death toll and damage is massive. Today's Globe devoted two full pages to the disaster. One article ran under the headline: "Deep Gloom in Boston." Here's the way the Globe described how the news was received, pointing out two seeming contradictory stereotypes -- "stolid indifference" and "impetuous nature":
Down in the North End the news of the earthquake was received with the stolid indifference characteristic of the Italian race early yesterday, but when the enormity of the disaster was realized in the afternoon and early evening, the impetuous nature of the Italian became evident, and animated groups stood on the street corners or congregated in restaurants, cafes and saloons and discussed the misfortune in all its phases.
The article added that at least 10,000 Sicilians live in Boston; of that number, about 2,000 have roots in Messina, a city that was particularly hard hit.
BROOKLINE WOMAN WEDS MAN JAILED ON CHARGE OF INCITING REVOLUTION IN MEXICO: Today's Globe has a story with a Los Angeles dateline that says Brookline's Elizabeth Trowbridge married Manuel Sarabia (right), a "Mexican revolutionary leader" in Tucson, Ariz., on Dec. 28. The article says,
Miss Trowbridge has taken a deep interest in the cases of the political prisoners and frequently visited them in the jail here [in L.A.]. She declares she will do all she can to aid the man to get justice and see they are treated with the courtesy due political prisoners in civilized countries.
The article has precious little information about Trowbridge. I found a large article in the Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner from April 1909 that gives more information about the woman, "one of the fairest of the fair in Boston's social circles." She was a "brilliant student" at Radcliffe. Then, she "plunged into journalism and won immediate recognition." Evidently, she spotted a "five-line news item from Los Angeles relating to our Mexican political prisoners." She left for California to find out why they were in jail. She is quoted in the article as saying, "I had no prejudices either for or against the Mexican Liberals. My interest was purely that of a newspaper woman."
She met Sarabia at the county jail in Los Angeles in May 1908. Love struck:
In the burning words of the young revolutionist, the beautiful Yankee girl, with the blood of revolutionists in her veins, saw the Great Opportunity for which she had been waiting.
The Fairbanks article, which labels her as the "Mexican Joan of Arc," offers, in Trowbridge's words, her mission:
"It is my work, as far as I am able by speech, of pen, to inform my fellow countrymen of two things: First, of the crimes, assault, robbery and false imprisonment that in violation of the laws and the constitution of the United States, are being perpetuated against Mexican Liberals while in this country, and, second of the condition which has made the Liberal party a necessity."
AMERICAN MAGAZINE STARES AT "THE SUN": Today's Globe has this ad from The American Magazine touting an article by Will Irwin about New York's The Sun newspaper, which was run for many years by Charles A. Dana. The advertisement begins with this tale, pointing out a plea for brevity that is often attributed to Dana:
When a reporter grumbled to Charles A. Dana that his story was spoiled by being boiled down, Dana replied that the story of the Crucifixion was told in six hundred words.
BOSTONIANS WANT BARNARD'S "HEWER" TO STAY IN THE CITY:
Some Bostonians have become so smitten by the statue "The Hewer" by sculptor George Grey Barnard that a group has organized a fund-raising drive to raise $20,000 to make Boston a permanent home for the piece, which was displayed in the fall in Copley Square.
Subscriptions will close Jan. 16. A description:
This marble, so simple in the mass, so skilfully elaborated in its details, is apparently but not literally a primeval human chopping wood; it is rather the struggle of man against the forces of nature with the [unreadable word] of their gradual conquest by his intelligence; a suggestive theme, especially in this country.