Bluestocking Journal

Real history, through the eyes of a fictional person

Tag: dogs

Friday, November 15, 1912

The Pastime Club, a colored organization, held a public dance last night, but no one attended. “That mingling of the races in such a manner is held in disfavor both by whites and blacks is shown by the fact that members of neither race attended. Today the committee is trying to figure up the club’s deficit. Colonel Williams will have to shine a good many shoes, and Commodore Anderson will have to make a lot of trips with the hod to square the account.”

Margaret Lowry, who was attacked with a hammer here Wednesday evening, will recover. Physicians say there is no injury to her brain.

Weird surgical feats are being performed at the clinical congress of surgeons in session in New York. A man whose nose had been destroyed by an accident had it replaced with one of his fingers. A cat was made to live without its head, “as if the cat were only asleep with all its personality intact.” Dogs were killed and brought back to life. I am uncertain of the value of any of these experiments, to be honest.

Monday, November 11, 1912

The unsuccessful grocery-store burglar from Friday night returned during the day Sunday and stole about $2 from the cash register. The Danville bloodhounds failed to arrive Friday, but last evening dogs arrived from Paxton and followed a trail to the vicinity of the Champaign gas house, where they lost the scent.

Five hold-ups occurred in Champaign Saturday evening, with particularly bad results for a wealthy retired farmer, who was knocked unconscious and sustained severe scalp wounds. The perpetrators are believed to be two well-dressed white men. The robberies occurred on North Walnut street, on East Main street, and in the Washington street subway.

A motorcyclist drove his machine through the ranks of the Odd Fellows attending the funeral of Andrew J. Dunlap at the First Christian church yesterday, as they prepared to leave for the Mount Hope cemetery. The man was recognized, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

I had no idea that the Urbana youth football team was called the Microbes. They were beaten 44 to 0 yesterday by the Champaign Stars on the Lynn street gridiron. Perhaps they ought to change their name to something larger.

Saturday, November 9, 1912

The entire Champaign police force raided Hattie Gara’s notorious maison de joie at 201 North Water street in Champaign last night. Mrs. Gara, nine male patrons, and five female inmates were taken to the station. The patrons, whose names are listed in the paper, settled this morning for $7.50 each; Mrs. Gara and her girls await a hearing, but the usual fine is $27.50 for the proprietor and $17.50 for each girl.

A hardware store and a grocery were burglarized last night, although not much loot was taken: six razors, several knives, and a shaving brush from the hardware store, and nothing at all from the grocery, although a window had been pried open. The police have sent to Danville for bloodhounds.

A woman brought two boys who had been shooting pigeons into the Urbana police station. “Chief of Police Lindstrum disarmed them, taking an air rifle from one and a ‘nigger-shooter‘ from the other.”

The University of Illinois has opened a new archaeological museum in Lincoln Hall. Many interesting things are there, including the head of an Egyptian mummy!

A Chicago woman, the wife of a Democratic committeeman, sat in her home all night, reading election returns. She remarked, “I am glad Wilson won, because he is a good man.” A moment later, she fell dead, probably from strain caused by the election.

And finally, a hydroaeroplane beat an automobile in a race from Omaha to New Orleans. “The flying machine showed its ability to go about three miles to the automobile’s one, except when the automobile was using the best of roads.”

Saturday, October 12, 1912

Theodore Roosevelt is really coming to Champaign on Tuesday. He will be here from noon until two o’clock. If the weather is suitable, he will speak at West Side Park. The Courier-Herald supports Taft, which is evident in this article. The writer calls Roosevelt “Theodore Rex, chief of the order and grand inciter of uneasiness” and describes local progressives as “scampering about as excited as the small boy at the first blast of the distant calliope on circus day.”

The bloodhound that was set upon the trail of the “Black Hand” lost the scent in the northern part of Urbana, so Gerry Nordo may continue to be plagued by this mysterious agency.

George Huff, the director of athletics at the University of Illinois, disapproves of the undignified present-day methods of evoking enthusiasm at games, and cheer leading may be banned. “It is not necessary for cheer leaders to go through the gyrations usually followed,” he said.

Finally, a Chicago man became stuck in quicksand near Alton, being drawn into it until only his head was visible. He escaped death, but the experience drove him insane. Doctors are doubtful that he will regain his sanity.

Thursday, October 10, 1912

Two locomotive injuries are in the paper today. A man attempted to mount a moving Wabash engine, which had just started after a stop at the gas house crossing in Champaign, and fell beneath it, his leg being crushed off below the knee. He is in the Julia F. Burnham hospital, where he is reported to be in satisfactory condition.

A colored Pullman porter was alarmed by a crowd shouting what he took to be threats, when in actuality they were warning him of an approaching engine. “I heerd folks hollerin’ at me and it seemed dey wuz sayin’, ‘Ketch dat coon!—ketch ‘im! Dar he goes!’ Now it appears dat what dey sho’ nuff said was, ‘Look out for de keers, you blame fool niggah.” He was examined by a company surgeon, found to have a badly bruised hip, and taken to the poor farm.

There are rumors that a prize fight has been held, or may be held, in a barn near Mayview. Sheriff Davis is on the alert.

Garry Nordo, of Fifth and Vine streets in Champaign, has been “persecuted through some mysterious agency” for some time now. Last night a set of harness was stolen from his barn, and that was the last straw for Mr. Nordo. He sent to Paxton for a bloodhound, and this afternoon the hound (the charge of Deputy Sheriff Sid Cool) and a large crowd are on the trail of the “Black Hand,” which so far has led to north Race street in Urbana, near the city limits.

Wednesday, October 9, 1912

This article is so amusing that I think I will just cut it out and paste it in here.

Tuesday, October 8, 1912

Deputy Sheriff Evans outwitted a Pinkerton detective and earned a $100 reward by arresting Mrs. Effie Wyatt of Rantoul, who passed a forged check on the Trevett-Mattis bank of Champaign. The Pinkerton man had worked on the case for several days but abandoned it.

A youth in the front row at the Walker Opera House began throwing coins on the stage during a performance. “It is alleged that the manager pulled him out of his seat and started to forcibly eject him from the theater. At this juncture, it is said, several students took sides with the offender, who was allowed to remain. It is said that someone called the latter aside after the show and slapped his face.”

A man gathering walnuts in Alton was shot by an unknown person. His right side was riddled with two loads of shot at close range, and he was found four hours later due to the barking of his dog. “The dog, fearing further hurt to his friend, had to be beaten into insensibility before he would let the rescuers touch his unconscious master.”