Friday, March 31, 2023

Trump Indicted and Another School Shooting -- March 31, 2023

Former president Donald Judas Trump has been indicted by a grand jury in Manhattan. He is also being looked at by the feds and the state of Georgia. Perhaps he is finally starting to get his comeuppance.

I also wanted to include this eloquent statement while it is still March. 

COVID-19, Vaccine, Masks, Church, Baseball and School -- March 31, 2022

It took me a while to test negative for COVID. I continue to wear a mask when I am out in public around other people.

Russia is making no progress in its war on Ukraine. Ukraine's allies are supplying main battle tanks and may soon provide airplanes. There are rumors swirling that Putin is in bad health or may be taken down by the oligarchs. In March the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant because he kidnapped Ukranian children. 

I hope to get back to teaching soon. 

The Giants brought Sergio Romo back to pitch an inning in the last Spring training game. 

We had heavy rain, strong winds, landslides, flooding and an earthquake. 

Thursday, March 30, 2023

Pacific Coast League is Integrated -- March 30, 2023

Pomona Progress-Bulletin, 30-March-1923

75 years ago today, San Diego Padres catcher John Ritchey, who was sometimes called Johnny, became the first person of color to play in a Pacific Coast League game. He grounded out and the Padres went on to lose to the Los Angeles Angels, 7-4. He did not make it to the majors, but there is a plaque commemorating his achievement in the park of the current San Diego Padres. 

Chicago Star, 13-March-1948

John Ritchey in 1947, when he played for the Chicago American Giants in the Negro Leagues.

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Broadcasting the Moxie Song -- March 29, 2023

Boston Globe, 12-March-1923

I have tried Moxie. It tasted funny, but I liked it. Ed Wynn was a popular comedian who toured in his revue, The Perfect Fool.

Brooklyn Times-Union, 19-February-1922

On 19-February-1922, Ed Wynn and most of the cast performed the show on WJZ in Newark. This was the first complete broadcast of a theatrical performance. 

Brooklyn Times-Union, 19-February-1922

Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Earthquakes and Sergio Romo -- March 28, 2022

I was doing the dishes this morning when I felt a sharp jolt. The USGS says there were three earthquakes in about four minutes, but I felt only the first one. The poor cat got spooked. Our daughter felt it in the Outer Richmond, but the people at KCBS did not.

Sergio Romo came back to the Giants to pitch an inning in the last game of the Bay Bridge Series. He didn't get anyone out and the Giants lost, but I don't think anyone cared. It was nice to see him in uniform. 

Coca-Cola -- The Favorite American Beverage -- March 28, 2023

Honolulu Advertiser, 27-March-1923

In this ad, Coca-Cola bottlers in Hawaii included the famous statue of King Kamehameha I by Thomas Ridgeway Gould.

Honolulu Advertiser, 23-March-1923

Monday, March 27, 2023

America's Most Scenic Mountain Trolley Trip -- March 27, 2023

California Eagle, 03-March-1923

The Pacific Electric Railway operated its famous Red Cars on interurban and streetcar routes throughout the Los Angeles area. I am happy to see that they advertised the Mount Lowe Excursion in The California Eagle, an African-American owned newspaper. 

The Mount Lowe Excursion included a ride to Rubio Canyon at the foot of Echo Mountain. Passengers transferred to the great incline, which climbed 3,000 feet to the summit. At the summit, they could ride a narrow gauge scenic electric railway and see some spectacular sights.

The Mission Play at Mission San Gabriel Arcángel told the history of the missions. 

Sunday, March 26, 2023

Sarah Bernardt Dies in Paris -- March 26, 2023

Alaska Daily Empire, 27-March-1923

 One Hundred years ago today, on 26-March-1923 actress Sarah Bernhardt, considered by many at the time to be the greatest actress in the world, died at the age of 78 or so after a long career in the theater. She appeared in her first film in 1900 and her last in 1923, the year she died. 


Greatest Actress of World
Dies, Clasped in Son’s Arms

PARIS, March 27, -- "Divine" Sarah Bernhardt died at 7:59 o'clock last night, expiring in the arms of her son Maurice, who entered the room at that moment.

It seemed as if the great actress’ strength remained until her son, who hurried to the room, could clasp his mother in his arms and gently hold her to his breast so she could breath her last.

Shortly after 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon, a priest arrived at the Divine Sarah's apartments to administer the extreme unction.

Father Riesler, who administered the sacrament, said the Divine Sarah was sufficiently conscious to show by her movements of her hands that she understood the ceremony.

The end finally came In the evening at about the hour the world's famous actress was making her first entrance in the make believe drama of life which she had for scores of years portrayed. instead of an entrance into life, she silently, peacefully glided into that peaceful land beyond life, a death scene which she had never enacted upon life's stage.

World's Greatest Actress

Madam Sarah Bernhardt, who at 70 years of life seemed still a girl, was known to every land as "the world's greatest actress." What dissent there might have been to this estimate, and however far her detractors ventured In their attempts to minimize her right to that distinction, the numberless admirers of the "Divine Sarah" remained convinced that never before had the stage produced an actress capable of soaring to such heights in the realm of emotional drama.

The work of Mme. Bernhardt was best where a theme afforded the greatest opportunity for a display of her powerful emotions. At the height of her career this form of acting, used principally on love, hate and jealousy, held the predominant place now dedicated to character delineations, and Bernhardt never was surpassed, her critics say, in this emotional school. Hundreds of parts she either rewrote or created to suit herself, seldom being content to act them as interpreted by others.

Three Generations

Three generations have praised and even worshipped the art of Bernhardt, and hundreds upon thousands of people around the world have thronged to see and marvel at her acting without understanding the French language, which she invarilably employed upon the stage. Once, in Rio de Janeiro, she was called before the curtain more than 100 times by a wildly enthusiastic audlcnee, and many times. In other parts of the world, she was obliged to answer scores of curtain calls at a single performance.

The long llfestory of Bernhardt is almost legendary. Closely woven with dramatic Incident, off as well as on the stage, It was set down by herelf in a lengthy volume published many years ago and, as one of her critics has said, "through the pages of the book peers the face of a woman, a little tired, weary of her own reputation, and blessed with nnre than her share of tho vanities of the sex." As she and others have told the story. It is summed up here:
The date of her birth, the record of which was destroyed in the flames of the Commune in Paris, was comnonly accepted as October 22. 1845. Her mother was Dutch and Jewish, and her natural father a French official.

Goes to Convent

As a child Bernhardt spen much of her time with relatives in Paris, and at the age of 12 was sent to the Grand Champ Convent, Versailles, where she made her debut in a little miracle play given by the children Even at ibis early age. the pale and sickly child is said to have displayed the fits of temper which were characteristic of her stage career.

After a year or two at the convent, she conceived a passionate desire to become a nun. To this her mother recorded unqualified opposition, and suggested a theatrical career instead.

"She's too thin to be an actress," said her god-mother. "Let her be a nun."

"I won't be an actress," little Sarah categorically exclaimed. "Rachel is an actress. She came in the convent and walked around the garden, then she had to sit down because she couldn't get her breath. They fetched her something to bring her around. Buit she was so pale, oh, so pale. I was very sorry for her, un;l the nuns told me that what she was doing was killing her, for she was actress, and so I won't be an actress, I won't."

Fate Steps In

But fate had determined otherwise, and at the ago of 11 Bernhardt was sent to a conservatory. At the end of the first year she won second prize for tragedy. A subscription among the players at the Comedie Francaise enabled her to spend another year at the conservatory, and upon the completion of this she carried off second prize for comedy. Her first public appearance was at the Comedie Francaise in August, 1862. She took a minor part without any marked success.

Five years later she emerged from laborious obscurity with her first definite success as Cordelia in a French translation of "King Lear" at the Odeon, then as Queen in Victor Hugo's "Ruy Blas," and above all, as Zanzett in Francois Coppee's "Le Passant," which she played in 1869.

Is War Nurse

Then came the Franco-Prussian war. Bernhardt increased her popularity by becoming a war nurse. In 1871 she was made a life member of the Comedie Francaise. She clashed repeatedly with M. Perrin, the manager, over the roles she should take, and once in a fit of pique fled from the theater and decided to give up the stage. She plunged into sculpture. Her first piece, "After the Storm" -- finished some years later -- won a place in the Salon. She returned to M. Perrin only to break with him again, incurring a forfeit of 4,000 pounds, which she paid.

She invaded England, receiving a tremendous ovation, then toured Denmark and Russia. Next she came to America, where her success was instantaneous. She toured the United States and Canada eight times in some 35 years, and appeared several times in the larger cities of South America.

Breaking with the theatrical syndicates, which denied her the use of their theaters when she refused to come to their terms, she was compelled to appear on one of her American tours in tents, convention halls and armories. She vowed never to appear in a theater again, but on subsequent visits she came to terms with the syndicates.

Loses Right Leg

The great actress was a grandmother when she last appeared in America, and had suffered amputation of her right leg. Upon her arrival in New York, October, 1916 it was evident to the group of friends and admirers who gathered to welcome her that she walked with extreme difficulty.

While playing in New England she contracted a severe cold which promped her to take, a trip South for her health. A few works later she underwent an operation for infection of the kidney, and although more than 70 years of age. she enjoyed complete recovery and remained in America for several months.

The injury to her knee which compelled the amputation of her leg in 1915 was attributed to many different causes. For years before the amputation the plays in which she appeared were altered to hide the fact that she was able to walk only with great difficulty. The operation was performed in Paris, and upon her recovery she reappeared on the stage to receive the greatest ovation of her career. Her manager announced that henceforth site would interpret only motionless roles.

In Recent World War

During tho World War Bernhardt made several trips to the french front and gave a number of performances for the soldiers. This, she declared, was the "incomparable event" of her life.

The memoirs of Bernhardt sedulously avoid any mention of her marital experience, and only in the middle of the bulky volume does she mention casually the existence of a son. One of her critics declared that "she never seemed to find the man who could master her."

"There was in her," he continued, "the making of a super-woman, and although she met Victor Hugo and the greyest intellectual potentate of her time, the super-man, who alone could hold her, never entered her life."

Years ago a Jealous rival of her theatrical career published a satire entitled "The Story of Sarah Barnum," in which the love-affairs of the actress, real and alleged, were shamelessly laid bare. Bernhardt resorted to the horsewhip to punish the author.

In 1882 the actress; was married to Jacques Damala, a handsome Greek, who hail made a name in the theatrical world through his work in "The Ironmaster." He later took a minor part In one of her plays, but after a year on tour they separated. Later she took him back to her home and nursed him through a fatal siege of consumption.

Mme. Bernhardt's natural son, Maurice, showed no inclination to follow the profession of his mother, and after spending a short time in the French army, he married a Russian Princess. She died after bearing him a daughter, and Maurice Bernhardt took a Parisienne as his second wife.

Physical Description

A physical description of Bernhardt is difficult. In her youth she undoubtedly was what might be called beautiful, although from the French standpoint her slimness was against her. The greatest interest in the actress, aside from her art, was the tenacity with which she clung to her girlish appearance. At 75 she might have passed for a woman of 30, so well had the features of her younger days been preserved.

Bernhardt seems to have had no disillusions about her personal appearance. By themselves her features -- high cheek bones, aquiline nose, and lips parted above an almost masculine chin -- were not pleasing, but taken together they comprised the harmony of expression which gave her the title of "the divine Sarah." She admitted on one occasion that the effect of her long white face rmerging from a long black sheath was by no means pleasant. "In this rig I look like an ant," she said.

Bernhardt was the most famous for her death scenes, but it is doubtful if her breathless, spellbound perhaps, audiences ever knew that many of them were played while the actress was suffering almost unbearable agonies from her various physical ailments, of which she never was heard to complain.

Omaha Bee, 30-March-1923

Friday, March 24, 2023

F Scott Fitzgerald -- Gloria was Beautiful and Anthony Was Damned -- March 24, 2023

Motion Picture News, 17-March-1923

The Warner Brothers heavily promoted their adaption of F Scott Fitzgerald's second novel, The Beautiful and Damned. I need to read it again.

Marie Prevost played Gloria Gilbert and Kenneth Harlan played Anthony Patch. Prevost later married Harlan in real life.

San Antonio Light, 18-March-1923

Daily Kennebec Journal, 14-March-1922

Thursday, March 23, 2023

German "Fascisti" -- March 23, 2023

Motion Picture News, 10-March-1923

So far, I have tried not to mention H****r and the Nazis in this blog, except when they were getting punched, but I came across this article, from months before the Beer Hall Putsch in November, 1923, that mentions the "German 'Facisti'" and Herr Schicklgruber. It also describes the swastika without naming it. 

Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Coulter -- The Yachts Rounding the Cruiser Olympia -- March 22, 2023

San Francisco Call, 18-June-1895

WA Coulter did many maritime drawings for the San Francisco Call. This one shows the new protected cruiser Olympia, built by San Francisco's Union Iron Works, which went on to a distinguished career in the New Navy. Olympia served as Commodore Dewey's flagship at the Battle of Manila Bay. Olympia still survives, serving as a museum ship in Philadelphia.

A Yachting Excursion and a
Clambake on Angel
The Young Mariners on the Olympla

The Pioneer Yacht Club had an outing on the bay yesterday with a clambake and a picnic on Angel Island and a sail home in the afternoon. The Pioneers lay claim to having been the first yacht club on the bay when they sailed and sported under the title of the Bilgewater Yacht Club.

In the days long ago when one of the regular clubs held a regatta on the bay, the boats of the Bilgewaters were pressed into service to swell the number of sailing craft, and a fine showing they made.

A prettier scene than that which met the eye off Meiggs wharf yesterday morning at the start of the Pioneers' cruise has rarely been witnessed. The yachts, with the Volunteer in the lead, sailed down on either side of the big cruiser Olympia, darting between the shipping at anchor in the offing, catching the light puffs in the channel and heading out for the Presidio buoy. Grouped about the Volunteer were the Pride of the Bay, Plunger, Annie, Thelma, Ella, Magic, the launch Millie and several others. Out in the stream were the yacht Aggie and the ships Wasdale, Bothwell, Sierra Estella, St. Mungo, Royal George and several others.

The yachts of the club cruised about, along the seawall and down past fhe City front, with merry parties on board, and as they went by the sounds of music faintly came over the waters.

Angel Island was made shortly after noon. A clambake was the first thing in order and then followed games ashore and boat races on the bay, the hours being pleasantly beguiled until it was time to return to the City.

The Naval Reserve has determined to profit by its experience on the trip to and from Santa Cruz. The officers of the Olympia extended an invitation to the reserve to use the vessel while she is in the harbor and the invitation was taken advantage of yesterday. Almost fifty of the reserves, in command of Lieutenant-Commander Stahle, went on board in the morning and remained on the cruiser all day.

In the morning the young sailors were instructed in the boat drill. First, they were put through the exercise by the officers of the war vessel and then turned over to their own officers, who put them through their paces. The evolutions of the boys called forth the plaudits of the old salts. All hands showed an aptness for the work, and more than that, a desire to learn. In the afternoon they were taught the names of things marine and how to handle them.

Another visit will be made to the cruiser to-day, and to-morrow the Olympia will leave for Mare Island.

Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Byte Magazine -- American Gothic -- March 21, 2023

 I used to subscribe to Byte Magazine: The Small Systems Journal. Robert Tinney's cover for the March, 1977 issue was inspired by Grant Wood's 1930 painting American Gothic.

Monday, March 20, 2023

Albert Bierstadt -- Discovery of the Hudson River -- March 20, 2023

United States House of Representatives

Albert Bierstadt painted "Discovery of the Hudson River" in 1874. I suppose it shows Henry Hudson's 1609 expedition for the Dutch East India Company. 

This is the first Bierstadt painting that I have presented that is not set in the American West. 

It is in the collection of the United States House of Representatives.

Sunday, March 19, 2023

Happy Saint Joseph's Day, 2023 -- March 19, 2023

Happy Saint Joseph's Day to my fellow Joes. One of my favorite movie Joes is Mighty Joe Young. Willis O'Brien led the animation team and Ray Harryhausen did much of the animating. Ernest B Schoedsack directed and his frequent partner Merian C Cooper wrote the script. 

Terry Moore takes her pet gorilla Joe Young to Hollywood in an attempt to save the family ranch. Robert Armstrong plays his usual hustler, who tries to market Joe. The scene where the orphanage burns at the end makes my eyes water.

Saturday, March 18, 2023

Go Kodaking -- March 18, 2023

San Antonio Light, 18-March-1923

Fox's in San Antonio invited customers to "Go Kodaking." Up above, the store calls itself "The Kodaker's Headquarters." 

Friday, March 17, 2023

Happy Saint Patrick's Day, 2023 -- March 17, 2023

Oakland Tribune, 16-February-1923

Happy Saint Patrick's Day, everyone.

This ad from the 16-March-1923 Oakland Tribune invites everone to a Saint Patrick's Day Dance at the roof garden of the Hotel Whitcomb.

Thursday, March 16, 2023

Spring Hats -- March 16, 2023

Chicago Tribune, 11-March-1923

Do you need a new Spring hat? Henry C Lytton and Sons had a nice selection. 

Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Jesus Alou, RIP -- March 15, 2023

I was sad to learn that Jesus Alou, who is most famous for playing one game for the Giants with his brothers Felipe and Mateo in the outfield, has died. I can't say how many times I heard the joke about their sister, Bebop. 

Monday, March 13, 2023

Ninth Annual Buster Keaton Blogathon -- March 13, 2023

Film Daily, 11-June-1922

This post is part of the Ninth Annual Buster Keaton Blogathon, hosted by Lea at Silent-ology. It is amazingly impressive to me to see a blogathon go on for nine years. 

For the first annual blogathon, I wrote about Buster Keaton's time in vaudeville: The 3-4-5 Keatons.
For the second annual blogathon, I wrote about Buster Keaton and the Passing Show of 1917, the show he signed for after leaving vaudeville.
For the third annual blogathon, I wrote about Buster's transition from vaudeville to the movies, Buster Keaton: From Stage to Screen.
For the fourth annual blogathon, I wrote about Buster Keaton's time in the US Army: Buster Keaton Goes to War.
For the fifth annual blogathon, I wrote about Buster Keaton's time making short comedies with Roscoe Arbuckle, Comique: Roscoe, Buster, Al and Luke.
For the sixth annual blogathon I wrote about Buster Keaton's First Feature: The Saphead
For the seveth annual blogathon I wrote about Buster Keaton's Silent Shorts -- Reel One, a series of films produced during 1920-1921. Buster and his team had a very high batting average.
For the eighth annual blogathon, I started to write about the Buster Keaton shorts produced for the second season, 1921-1923. Buster Keaton's Silent Shorts -- Reel Two

For the ninth annual blogathon, I have written about the rest of the Buster Keaton shorts produced for the second season, 1921-1923. Last year I was interrupted by appendicitis:

Sunday, March 12, 2023

Come on Out! Cleveland vs Seals -- March 12, 2023

San Francisco Examiner, 14-March-1948

The San Francisco Seals of the Pacific Coast League hosted the Cleveland Indians of the American League in an exhibition game. On a rainy day, the Seals beat the Indians 6-5. Bob Feller was the losing pitcher.

San Francisco Examiner, 15-March-1948

Saturday, March 11, 2023

Hambone Kelly's -- March 11, 2023

San Francisco Examiner, 14-March-1948

Trumpet player Lu Watters led the traditional jazz revival in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Yerba Buena Jazz Band started in 1940 with Watters, trumpet player Bob Scobey, trombonist Turk Murphy and banjo player and singer Clancy Hayes. They played at the Dawn Club in San Francisco until it went out of business in 1947. Watters and other members of the band opened Hambone Kelly's in Emeryville. 75 years ago this month, you could have a "Complete Family Style Dinner" and entertainment for one dollar. Hambone Kelly's went out of business in 1950. 

Sweet Georgia Brown - Lu Watters'Yerba Buena Jazz Band -Hambone Kelly's 1950, vocal by Clancy Hayes.

Doctor Jazz - Lu Watters live 1950; Helm, Noakes, Rose, Hayes (vocal), Patton, Lammi, Dart.

Friday, March 10, 2023

Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald 75 Years -- March 10, 2023

Washington Times, 11-March-1923

Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, novelist, dancer, painter and playwright, died 75 years ago today, on 10-March-1945. She was the widow of novelist F Scott Fitzgerald. She had lived for some time in Highland Hospital, a psychiatric facility in Asheville, North Carolina, being treated for what may have been what we now call bipolar disorder. The building caught fire and nine patients, including Zelda Fitzgerald, died. Sometimes I think about her last moments, locked in a room on the fifth floor of a burning building. 

Washington Times, 11-March-1923

Nine Patients Die as Fire Sweeps
Mental Hospital at Asheville

Screaming Women Trapped on Upper Floors;
Scott Fitzgerald's Widow Among Victims

By the Associated Press

ASHEVILLE, N. C., Mar. 11. -- Nine women patients perished here early today in the blazing inferno of a mental hospital fire.

Seven of the victims were trapped helplessly on upper floors of the four-story central building of the Highland Hospital for Nervous Diseases, Dr. B. T. Bennett, medical director, reported.

Two others were evacuated by firemen who dashed into the fiery structure, but they died soon afterward.

The hospital released the following names of the dead:
Mrs. A. T. Hipps of Asheville, Mrs. W. B. Kennedy of Kinston, N. C.; Mrs. Ida Engel of Clayton, Mo.; Mrs. Julius Doering of Johnson City, Tenn.: Mrs. J. R. Borochoff of Rome, Ga.; Miss Marthina De Friece of Bristol, Tenn.; Mrs. F. Scott Fitzgerald of Montgomery, Ala., widow of the author; Mrs. Virginia Ward James of Atlanta, and Mrs. G. C. Womack of Friendsville, Tenn.

The fire, discovered about midnight, started in the kitchen of the hospital's central building. It quickly spread to an elevator shaft and was licking the building's roof when firemen arrived.

Screams of trapped women rang out above the roaring conflagration as doctors, nurses, firemen and police ran through the blazing structure, risking their lives in an effort to save the 20 patients in the building.

They quickly huddled the rescued patients into another building where some sat silently, and others yelled hysterically.

Police Capt. Harold Enloe was the first man to reach the building. "I could hear screaming on the third floor," he related. "Flames by then were lapping through the roof of the building."

Every available piece of the city's fire-fighting equipment was called out and off-duty firemen were rushed to the scene.

The flames, leaping high into the air, lit up a large section of this mountain resort city. About 1,000 spectators, many of them dressed in pajamas, milled helplessly around.

The hospital, housed in several buildings about 3 miles from the heart of Asheville, is a unit of Duke University Hospital in Durham.

It was operated for about a quarter of a century by Dr. Robert S. Carroll, a noted mental specialist whose clientele included members of prominent families throughout the Nation. Dr. Carroll gave the institution to Duke several years ago.

Thursday, March 9, 2023

Lynching Orgies Rivals Scene of 'Inferno,' Charge -- March 9, 2023

Saint Paul Appeal, 03-March-1923

The first article tries to shame the people who committed lynchings and claimed to be Christians. It didn't work.

The Missouri and North Arkansas Railroad mentioned in the second article is not the same railroad as the current company.


Savage Tortures Pictured in
Report to Federal Coun cil of Churches


Committe Finds That Many Victims Were Innocent of Any Crime

(Crusader Service.)

Washington, March 2. --
Like scenes from Dante's "Inferno," and unlike anything deemed possible in modern life, is the description of the tortures inflicted in lynching bees in various states throughout this so-called civilized country, as compiled by the Commission on the Church and Race Relations of the Federal Council of Churches in its educational campaign against lynching.

The stories almost pass belief, and yet they are taken from accounts written by reputable newspaper men in the communities in which they occurred.

The commission states that it seems hardly believable that America, with its great Christian churches, homes, schools and courts and holier-than-thou attitude, allowed between 1885 and 1921, the lynching of more than 4,000 persons, the great majority of whom were colored people. To add to the enormity of these crimes against humanity, eighty-three of the victims were women. Scores of victims listed as adult males were mere youths. Seventeen of the women lynched were white, the others being colored.

Many Victims Innocent.

"Some of those killed by mobs were charged with crimes, many of them only with misdemeanors, some only with words or acts which are nowhere punishable by law at any time. All were slain without trial where they might have faced their accusers, have had witnesses and have had the evidence considered by a lawful judge or jury. A frenzied mob was judge, jury and executioner. In many cases persons not sought by the mobs have been lynched by mistake, so wild and savage has been the procedure. Some of the victims suffered indescribable torture, such as saturation of parts of the body with kerosene or gasoline, so that they could be burned piecemeal, or branding with hot irons.

Within Sight of Churches.

"In some cases these atrocities have been perpetrated within sight of the churches of the community."

Lynchings are often definitely planned and carried out. Here are a few illustrations chosen from accounts in leading city newspapers following lynchings:

1. "Late last night the jailer was enticed away from the prison on the pretense of a call to make an arrest. As soon as he was out of hearing a mob of 200 masked men went to the jail and took the keys from his wife, and securing the three prisoners, took them to the bridges land placed a strong rope around the neck of each, tied the other end to the timbers of the bridge and compelled their victims to jump."

Eight Prisoners Shot.

2. (Summarized.) "Masked mob entered the jail at two A. M. and took out nine prisoners -- one white man and eight Negroes. Eight were shot to death and one, a Negro, escaped after being wounded. The mob over- powered the town marshal and the jailer, carried the men out and tied them to fence posts by their necks and then fired five volleys into their bodies. Only one of the prisoners had been convicted -- a Negro, under sentence of death for the murder of another Negro."


Ku Klux Klan and Sinister Influences
at Work toy Sidetrack Investigation,
Civil Liberties, Writes Governor.

(Crusader Service.)

New York, March 2. --
Charges that investigation by the Arkansas legislature into the lynching of E. C. Gregor, a railroad striker, at Harrison on January 15, has been side-tracked by officials of the Missouri and North Arkansas railroad are contained in a letter sent yesterday to Governor Thomas C. McRae by Roger N. Baldwin, director, and Harry F. Ward, chairman of the American Civil Liberties Union. The officers of the union, who have been in touch with the situation through their correspondents in Arkansas, offer to "render any assistance possible to the authorities of the state in restoring civil rights in the affected district and in bringing to justice the perpetrators of these outrages."

They charge that "sinister influences are at work to prevent anything being done injhe future, and specific charges which bear out that contention.

Wednesday, March 8, 2023

International Womens Day 2023 -- March 8, 2023

Happy International Women's Day, everyone. 

#InternationalWomensDay #EmbraceEquity

Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Comic Book -- The Amazing Willie Mays -- March 7, 2023

Spring Training is in progress.

Willie Mays is the greatest player I have seen in person. 

Monday, March 6, 2023

Pulp -- Baseball Stories -- March 6, 2023

Spring Training is in progress. The new rules are causing confusion. 

The cover of the Spring, 1949 Baseball Stories.

Sunday, March 5, 2023

Wayne Shorter, RIP -- March 5, 2023

I was sad to learn that Wayne Shorter has died. He has been an influential musician and composer for my whole life. I first heard Weather Report in high school. Later I figured out that Wayne Shorter was the same guy who had played with Miles Davis.


Wayne Shorter Quartet - All blues

“Footprints” - The Miles Davis Quintet Live In Sweden: October 31st, 1967

Weather Report - Live at Montreux (1976) [Remastered]


Saturday, March 4, 2023

Toonerville Trolley -- A Very Interesting Bit of Emergency Work -- March 4, 2023

Perth Amboy Evening News, 13-March-1923

I love Fontaine Fox's The Toonerville Trolley That Meets All the Trains. High winds have knocked trees down all over Northern California. 

Washington Times, 30-June-1918

Friday, March 3, 2023

Crew Escapes Blazing Vessel -- March 3, 2023

Seattle Star, 08-March-1923

100 years ago today, on 03-March-1923, MV Babinda, carrying mixed cargo from San Pedro to San Francisco, caught fire near Santa Cruz. The ship was a total loss, but the entire crew was saved. 

Admiral Line Vessel Lost in
Flames at Sea

SAN FRANCISCO, March 3. -- The motorship Babinda of the Admiral line, enroute from Los Angeles to San Francisco, burned at sea off Santa Cruz, Cal, early today.

Indications this morning were that ship and cargo were a total loss, according to the Admiral line offices here.

Captain Maland and his crew of 24 abandoned the vessel and were picked up by the steamer Celilo at 430 a. m.

The Celilo is standing by the burned hulk of the Babinda, radio reports said.

The fire was discovered at approximately 3 a. m. today and apparently spread rapidly. Calls for help were immediately sent out and were answered by the Celilo, which was in the vicinity.

Captain and crew fought the flames steadily until shortly before 4:30 a. m., when the fire had made such, progress that the men were driven from the decks, which had become hot enough to burn their feet.

At 4:30 they put off in small boats and were picked up soon thereafter by the Celilo without loss of life or injury to any. The Celilo left for port later with the crew.

The Babinda was a vessel of 3,000 tons and carried a general cargo in the coastwise trade.

A portion of her cargo was for Portland, Ore., to which port she was to have proceeded from San Francisco.

PORTLAND, Ore., March 3. -- The Maland brothers, both captains of motorship freighters in the Admiral line fleet, have been running in hard luck lately.

It was learned here today that Capt. H. M. Maland of the motorship Coolcha, wrecked on Albert Head, southwest of the mouth of Victoria, B. C., harbor during the February storms, is a brother of Capt. W. H. Maland of the motorship Babinda, which burned at sea off Santa Cruz, Cal, early today.

Thursday, March 2, 2023

Krazy Kat -- Li'l Upta Snuffa -- March 2, 2023

Washington Times, 06-March-1923

I love George Herriman's Krazy Kat.

Washington Times, 30-June-1918

Wednesday, March 1, 2023

March, 2023 Version of the Cable Car Home Page -- March 1, 2023

I just put the March 2023 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:

It includes some new items:
1. Picture of the Month: Car 81 makes the final trip of Tacoma's cable railway (Source: "Writing Finis To Tacoma Cable Car History," Tacoma News-Tribune, 08-April-1938, page 1.)
2. On the Cable Cars in the Pacific Northwest page: More pictures and information about the Tacoma Railway and Motor Company, including newspaper items about the end of the line.
3. Also on the Cable Cars in the Pacific Northwest page: Updates to the article about Tacoma's Steve's Cable Car Room.
4. Added News item about a derailment

Ten years ago this month (March, 2013):
1. Picture of the Month: Looking up the Eleventh Street hill in Tacoma as a cable car climbs the hill. (Source: "Portland, Tacoma, Seattle, Everett, Astoria," The Street Railway Journal, May, 1893. Volume IX, Number 5.
2. On the Cable Cars in the Pacific Northwest page: More pictures and information about the Tacoma Railway and Motor Company, including selected articles from The Street Railway Journal.
3. Added The Sprague Electric Railway System to Selected Articles from Manufacturer and Builder
4. Added News item about an accident on Powell Street and updated news item about the work at California and Drumm

Twenty years ago this month (March, 2003):
1. Picture of the Month: Portland, Oregon cable car
2. Add the Portland Cable Railway to the Cable Cars in the Pacific Northwest page
3. Thumbnail pictures on the California Street Cable Railroad and More California Street Pictures pages.

Coming in April, 2023: On the Cable Car Kitsch page: More collectible items

The Cable Car Home Page now has a Facebook page:

Joe Thompson
The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-March-2023)
San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-January-2020)
Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 30-September-2022)
The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
The Big V Riot Squad (new blog)