FINANCIER SPOTS A CUTE BABY AND SHE BECOMES FAMOUS, BUT THERE'S A BIT MORE TO THE STORY:
Today's Globe has a charming photo and story about a baby named Virginia Burbige. the 6-month-old is the toast of New York City now that journalists have discovered her identity. The news is the culmination of a search that began on Jan. 5, when newspapers began to try and find out the identity of the baby whom Morgan had anointed the night before with his gaze and generosity. He had spotted her at the opening reception of an exhibition of German painters at the Metropolitan Museum of Art last Monday night. He was so smitten by her that he made her a "fellow" of the museum, a title which requires a donation of at least $1,000 to the museum, which Morgan has made. Her mother, who is married to a museum employee, said she brought the baby to the opening because, she said, "I had no one to leave Virginia with."
The event caused quite a stir, and articles appeared periodically after the event, offering a rough tracking of the baby's life. The most recent one I have come across was in the Oct. 26, 1940 issue of The New Yorker (right)
. This article says that Morgan put up the $1,000 that secured her a spot as a Life Fellow with the museum. He also set aside $5,000 for her to study art -- after she passed her 18th birthday. The New Yorker points out, sadly, that she had a problem with one of her eyes that was severe enough to prompt a doctor to forbid her from pursuing the art field. So, the $5,000 remained in the House of Morgan. She was living in Queens in 1940 and was a clerk at the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company.IMMIGRANTS FROM ITALY REACH NEW YORK -- AND ARE FRANTIC AT HEARING NEWS OF QUAKE THAT STRUCK HOMELAND WHILE THEY WERE AT SEA:
It's hard to imagine what the many Italian immigrants felt like when they arrived in New York yesterday on board the Germania after a trip across the Atlantic from Naples, Italy. En route, they were in steerage, blissfully unaware of the massive earthquake that struck southern Italy more than a week ago.
An article in today's Globe (right)
describes the scene as the ship docked and passengers learned through an interpreter and newspaper reporter about the disaster. A similar article in the New York Times carries the same news, although there are some differences in the details.
The Globe's version says there were "400 Sicilian passengers" on the ship. The Times says there were "194 steerage passengers, some of whom came from Sicily" and "the majority of the steerage passengers were from other parts of Italy."
The Globe said a reporter visiting the ship was responsible for breaking the news to the passengers who "were stricken with grief." The Globe added an unidentified passenger was overcome when he heard from the newspaper reporter that Messina was "wiped out."
The Times did not draw attention to any reporter, saying simply that the passengers didn't hear about the quake "until the vessel reached Quarantine." The Times identified the distraught man from Messina as Francisco Valesca.
The Times also explained why the passengers had heard nothing of the event: "The Germania had a rough trip across and most of the time her passengers were kept off the decks." The ship -- of the Fabre line -- left Naples on Dec. 23.
Labels: journalism, ocean travel, philanthropy