Feb. 3, 1909 (Wednesday)
PROBLEM WITH FINGER NAIL PROBABLY WON'T KEEP PIANIST PADEREWSKI AWAY FROM BOSTON: Yesterday afternoon, pianist Ignace Paderewski attacked a Beethoven sonata at Carnegie Hall. Evidently, the piano bit back. Paderewski (shown above in 1922) emerged with a split nail on the first finger of his right hand. He was scheduled to play in Philadelphia on Feb. 3, and that concert has been canceled. Philadelphia's loss might be Paderewski's gain. The article points out that the pianist has $5,000 insurance on each of his eight fingers and two thumbs. The pianist's American manager Charles Ellis is expected to "collect from the insurance companies a round sum in solid cash in recompense for the concert which Paderewski cannot give in Philadelphia because his forefinger is somewhat sore and needs a rest."
Ellis announced that Paderewski is expected to be ready for his Saturday concert in Boston.
CHICAGO JUDGE PUTS A DOLLAR AMOUNT ON A STOLEN KISS: The front page of today's Globe includes a story about a fine levied by Judge John R. Newcomer of Chicago (shown in 1907). Before announcing the fine, he told the accused, John Fallon, "To steal a kiss from one's landlady is a serious offence, especially when the woman happens to have a husband." He added up the kisses, multiplied it by $10 per kiss and fined Fallon a grand total of $30.
The woman described the love-scene this way:
"My husband was away Sunday and after I had talked with Mr. Fallon he attempted to embrace me. Finally he overpowered me and kissed me three times. I tried to stick him with a needle. He got mad and called me names. Then I slapped his face and he struck me. I fainted."
So, no fine for striking her but there was a fine for kissing her.