Bluestocking Journal

Real history, through the eyes of a fictional person

Tag: horses

Thursday, December 26, 1912

FAMILY IS WIPED OUT IN HORRIBLE CHRISTMAS TRAGEDY” is set in the largest type I have ever seen on a Courier-Herald front page. “A family of four was wiped out of existence at 11 o’clock Wednesday night in the most complete tragedy ever occurring in this vicinity.” The family’s carriage was struck by a train at Savoy. A little girl, a friend of the family, was the only one to survive, but she was badly injured and may die. They had just been to a wedding near Staley. It is supposed that the carriage was closed and that the driver was unable to hear or see the train. The carriage was reduced to splinters, the bodies of the dead were scattered over a wide area, and the horses returned home, unharmed.

A Chinaman was buncoed by a stranger at his laundry on South Market street. The bunco man showed him a display ad clipped from a newspaper and “informed the washee-washee man that he could have a similar ad in the paper (not mentioning which one) for $2.” The laundryman paid and got a receipt. and later “became suspicious when a diligent search of the local papers failed to reveal his advertisement.”

An explorer named Guy de Villepion planned an expedition into the hidden countries of South America, but nine days after the start in Brazil, his guide stole his boat and supplies, leaving him lost in the jungle. He wandered for three days, subsisting on wild herbs and small turtles, eaten raw. A group of savages made him their prisoner, feeding him their best food for nine days to fatten him before roasting him for their dinner. He managed to escape, and after several days he stumbled into a camp of Portugese rubber planters, who helped him to return to the coast.

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Monday, November 4, 1912

The Twin City Ministerial association has decided to set apart December 8 as a “white plague day” in the churches of Champaign and Urbana. At least 129 people in the county are afflicted with tuberculosis. The Champaign County Anti-Tuberculosis Health league is seeking more funds in order to open a free dispensary to the poor in the Twin Cities.

A woman telephoned police headquarters and said, “A man at 803 East California street is beating his wife something awful,” but the police declined to interfere without a warrant.

The Twin City Equal Suffrage league will bring the noted author and lecturer Charlotte Perkins Gilman to speak in town on December 5. It is likely that the Illinois theater will be the location.

A motorman was severely injured and two horses killed when a street car struck a dairy wagon on West Oregon street yesterday. The wagon driver, by a miracle, escaped injury. Witnesses say that he drove onto the track in front of the car while the gong was ringing.

Finally, James S. McCullough, a candidate for state auditor and an Urbana man, is “the only soldier of the Civil War on the Republican State Ticket. He lost an arm in battle for his country,” says his rather large campaign advertisement.

Thursday, September 19, 1912

“Hiram Perkins,” the new student who caused such a stir with his odd rural costume Tuesday, was actually Charles Burns, a Phi Kappa pledge performing an initiation. He changed clothes on the train coming in, “his disguise being so complete that the conductor threatened to put him off unless he paid another fare.”

A runaway team attached to a hay rack caused excitement on South Market street. The frightened horses ran into the telephone post at the corner of East Green and Market streets, and one horse broke loose. The other ran with the wagon into someone’s front yard, where the wagon was caught in the tree.

William Humble, “all around bad medicine,” went to Homer last night in search of his wife, whom he recently divorced and remarried and is now suing again. He created a disturbance in the street, and the marshal arrived. “I’m a deputy sheriff and I’d like to see you arrest me,” Humble yelled, drawing a revolver. He fired at the marshal and escaped.

What in the world is a “stobk mind”?

Friday, September 6, 1912

Apparently our Urbana aldermen are not so good at baseball as they said. They lost 23 to 9 to Champaign.

BUD MARS THE AVIATOR IS BADLY INJURED—terrible news! He was just here for the county fair, but some horrid fence in New York has got the best of him.

Suffragettes were thrown out of the Welsh Eisteddfod for interrupting Chancellor of the Exchequer Lloyd George, and then a mob outside beat them severely and nearly stripped off all their clothing before the women were rescued by police. “The police inside the hall were compelled to handle the women rather roughly in driving them from the building, and one suffragette was slightly injured. None was arrested.”

The Walker opera house will open its vaudeville season Monday night. The opening bill consists of the Marimba band; Harry Thompson, “a clever comedian and fun maker”; Wolf and Zadella, two old favorites; and Miss LaBelle Clark, with her wonderfully trained dancing horse. “The General Films company of Chicago will furnish the motion pictures this year, this fact alone assures us that the pictures will be the best.” I should very much like to see a dancing horse.