Oct. 30, 1909 (Saturday)
A HUNDRED YEARS LATER, THE FEELING IS THE SAME: Today's Globe decorates its front page with the above cartoon, showing the pressures applied by candidates on a typical voter. The same cartoon could be printed today, of course. Actually, one change would be needed, I suppose. A hundred years ago, there was no question that a voter would be a man. For the political world of 1909, women's suffrage lies in the future.
WHY WOMEN NEED STRONG NECKS: Women are pictured in today's Globe, today, of course -- just not as voters. Henry Siegel Co., which sits on the corner of Washington and Essex streets in Boston has a huge ad on page 3 of today's Globe. I loved this image -- of a woman in a beaver hat. Here's the description:
"Beautiful heavy napped beavers, in large and medium shapes -- including the much wanted roll brim sailor; trimmed with velvet bows, flowers or wings. Beavers are very scarce as well as popular this season."
The ad says that "exclusive stores" would put a $12.50 or $15 price tag on these hats (multiply by about 20 for 2009 dollars). Today only, Siegel is selling them for $8.75.
JOHNSON-JEFFRIES MATCH IS INKED: Today's sports page announces that two boxing greats -- Jack Johnson (right) and James Jeffries -- agreed yesterday to have a "fight to the finish" by July 5, 1910. The fight, at a site to be determined, will be at least 45 rounds.
The report tried to duplicate Johnson's accent, making no effort to try and duplicate any accent Jeffries may or may not have had. Some samples:
"No, suh. I has a say where mah money goes."
"No man has moah to say about mah money than I have."