Sept. 13, 1909, Monday
GERMAN ASTRONOMER IS THE FIRST TO SPOT HALLEY'S COMET ON ITS RETURN TRIP: Astronomers can now begin to track the return of Halley's Comet. After being absent from view for about 70 years, the comet has been spotted by "Prof. Wolff of Heidelberg", according to a brief item in today's Globe. This news came to Boston on Sept. 12 via a dispatch received by the observatory at Harvard. The Globe needlessly added an f to the last name of Prof. Max Wolf, the keen-eyed astronomer.
The news is accompanied by information that is sure to confuse most of the globe readers. Here goes:
The sight was obtained Sept. 11 5642, in R.A. 6h 18m 12s; declination 17 (degrees) 11 (minutes) N.
The Globe translate the astronomical time to Sept. 11 5642 to "about 9 p.m. standard time, Sept. 11."
The image above can be found here. The comet's next visit? Don't hold your breath. I think it's in 2061.
TAFT WILL SOON LEAVE BOSTON FOR A HISTORIC TOUR, WHICH INCLUDES A VISIT TO MEXICO: After spending much of the late summer weeks on Boston's north shore, President William H. Taft is getting ready to leave the area. He leaves Wednesday for a train tour that will cover about 17,750 miles and cover 30 states, according to a front-page story in today's Boston Globe. His trip will reach El Paso in mid-October. Preparations are underway for what will be a historic meeting between President Taft of the U.S. and President Diaz of Mexico at that time. Other planned highlights include a trip through Royal Gorge and a night trip across the highest passes of the Rockies, a visit to a huge irrigation project in Montrose, Colo., to smelters in Butte, Mont, a two-day stay at the Alaska-Yukon exposition in Seattle, a three-day visit to California's Yosemite Valley and a day at the rim of the Grand Canyon.
PREP SCHOOL USES ASBESTOS TO PROTECT ITS FOOTBALL PLAYERS: A small item in today's Globe previews the upcoming football season for Phillips Exeter Academy. The team will be playing on a new field. The Globe points out that the goal posts are noteworthy:
The goal posts are of iron, painted white, and at the bottom wrapped with asbestos and duck to prevent injury of players.
There you have it: Asbestos promotes health.
The "duck" is fabric.