Jan. 24, 1909 (Sunday)
LUXURY LINER REPUBLIC IS RAMMED; WIRELESS SAVES THE DAY FOR PASSENGERS: Today's Globe trumpets the stunning collision of the RMS Republic and the Lloyds Italian liner Florida south of Nantucket. The Republic was, fortunately, equipped with wireless radio communications, and the remarkable rescue operation, which transferred hundreds of passengers first to the Florida, then to the Baltic was able to be done because the Republic was able to send distress signals by wireless. This proved the absolute value of wireless radio. The disaster spawned plenty of tales about the possibility of gold being on board.
The Globe devoted lots of the front page and all of Page 13 and Page 14 to the disaster, which happened about 6:20 a.m. -- in the fog -- on Jan. 23. The coverage included the image at right, which shows the transfer of passengers from the Republic to the Florida. No indication of whether or not is was an actual photograph (doubtful) or an artist's rendering of the remarkable rescue. Adding to the graphic presentation, the Globe included the large map shown below.
SPRING TRAINING LOOMS; BATHS AT HOT SPRINGS AWAIT THE RED SOX: The Globe's great sportswriter Tim Murnane wrote a roundup of baseball news for today's paper. [In 1978, Murnane was honored with baseball's Spink Award.] Lots dealt with the financial difficulties of Cap Anson. Here's the sequence, in which Anson and Murnane were approached in Hyde Park, London, in 1874 and asked if they would like to join the British army!
Manager Fred Lake will bring 27 players to Hot Springs, Ark. There, the Globe points out, "the boys will play on their own ball field." In addition each player will take 21 baths in the springs. They should head North "in the pink of condition" (which, presumably, is close enough to red).
The Boston Nationals, on the other hand, will be in Augusta, Ga. About 25 are expected, many of whom will be new to the team, referred to as the Boston Doves. That name comes from President Dovey, who liked the results from the training at Augusta last year.
Harry Clay Pulliam, president of the National League, gave a "crisp interview" to New York papers before heading to a vacation in Canada. He said, in Murnane's words, "ball players as a rule were ungrateful" and that "not one National League magnate knew the rules."