Feb. 7, 1909 (Sunday)
THE PATIENT LIKELY HAD NO INSURANCE, BUT THE DOCTORS HELPED HIM ANYWAY: Around 7:30 last night the head surgeon at Cambridge Relief Hospital heard some whining at the front door. The noise became so annoying and so persistent, that Dr. George V. Buehler opened to door to check it out. He found a 200-pound St. Bernard "lying on his side, his head against the door, and his right foreleg badly torn and bleeding." Upon closer examination, Dr. Buehler found out the leg was broken. Nobody was with the dog. The doctor realized that the dog had come to the hospital on its own. The article in today's Globe continues, "The thought flashed into the surgeon's mind that any creature displaying such intelligence as to come to the hospital, when in need, should not have his confidence destroyed by neglect."
The doctors -- a Dr. Ogden assisted -- took the dog through the hospital to the operating room in the back of the building. They guessed that the animal had been hit by an automobile. Once a splint had been applied, Dr. Buehler got the attention of an "expressman" -- or deliveryman -- who was at the hospital. He immediately identified the dog as "Jerry" and knew it belonged to the family of Albert E. Lynch, a well-known Cambridge businessman. Joseph Lynch and a friend came and picked up the dog and took him to their home.
KANSAS SUPREME COURT RULES IN FAVOR OF SUNDAY BASEBALL: Yesterday, the judges of the supreme court of Kansas ruled that baseball can, indeed, be played in Kansas (see article at right). Ernest Prather had appealed for further review because he had been convicted in Olathe of violating the "no-baseball-on-Sunday" rule. Justice Porter ordered him release, in the words of the newspaper report, "on the ground that baseball is a national sport and has no immoral tendencies." [The headline indicates that these are the words of the court, but the words are NOT in quotation marks in the article.]
In 2009, one can only wonder if the "no immoral tendencies" applies to baseball....
For more details about the Ernest Prather case, here are a couple of paragraphs from an article called "Baseball in Kansas, 1867-1940" from the Kansas Historical Society:
Kansas clergymen and other advocates of strict Sabbath observance conducted a stout fight against Sunday baseball but to little avail. A Kansas statute provided that persons "convicted of horse-racing, cock-fighting or playing cards or games of any kind on Sunday shall be guilty of a misdemeanor." The strict enforcement crowd invoked this statute against Ernest Prather who was arrested in Johnson county on July 14, 1907, for promoting a baseball game on the Sabbath. He was convicted in the district court but the case was appealed and the decision was reversed by the Supreme Court of Kansas.
Justice Silas Porter, in presenting the opinion of the court, said in part, "This construction would make the statute apply to every game-to authors, whist, chess, checkers, backgammon and cribbage, even when played within the privacy of one's home, and to croquet, basketball, tennis and golf, whether played in public or on private grounds." Subsequent efforts to enact legislation specifically prohibiting Sunday baseball have been unsuccessful. A law passed in 1907, however, prohibits baseball games on Memorial Day.
GLOBE FIGURES OUT HOW TO PUT A BOOKLET DEVOTED TO A. LINCOLN INSIDE THE PAPER: I think the Globe had a great idea to honor President Abraham Lincoln's 100th birthday, which looms. The shot above shows how the paper organized a series of "pages" of a booklet about Lincoln's life on one newspaper page so people could use a little nipping and tucking to "bind" their own booklet. I think the paper devoted four newspaper pages to the project. Each of the "chapters" had appeared in the paper during recent weeks.