Friday, October 9, 2015

News of the Week October 9, 1915 -- October 9, 2015

The 09-October-1915 Motography featured "News of the Week as Shown in Films," with items from current newsreels.

"Harry K. Thaw arrives in San Francisco after cross country drive.  Copyright 1915, by Mutual Weekly."  Harry Kendall Thaw was the son of a rich industrialist.  Harry had mental problems.  On 25-June-1906 he murdered architect Stanford White, who had been involved with Evelyn Nesbit, Thaw's wife, who had been a chorus girl and a model.  He was found not guilty because he was legally insane.

"Pageant to raise money for university at Dallas, Texas.  Copyright 1915 by Universal Animated Weekly."  Perhaps this has something to do with Southern Methodist University, which opened on 22-September-1915.  The school immediately launched a campaign throughout the south to raise $1,000,000 for its permanent endowment.

"Wreckers board schooner dismantled by hurricane, Key West, Fla.  Copyright 1915 by Universal Animated Weekly."  Galveston, Texas got wrecked by a hurricane.  It must have been a bad season.

"World's biggest jack-knife bridge constructed at Chicago, Ill.  Copyright 1915 Hearst-Selig News Pictorial."   I'm not sure which bridge this is.  Chicago has a lot of bascule bridges.

"Solemn ceremonies at burial of victims of Submarine E-13 sunk by Germans.  Copyright 1915 by Pathe News."  HMS E13 ran aground in Denmark and was attacked by German torpedo boats.  The Germans kept firing at the men in the water after the British abandoned ship.  14 men were killed and one was missing. 

"Scene of dynamite explosion at Ybor City, Fla.  Copyright 1915, by Mutual Weekly."  A saloon blew up on 11-September-1915.  It cold have been related to labor unrest. 

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