Thursday, August 31, 2023

COVID-19, Vaccine, Masks, Church, Baseball and School -- August 31, 2023

The Giants' wheels have fallen off. They played a game wearing San Francisco Sea Lions replica jerseys. I had to explain to my wife why they had a picture of a bear. They put clubhouse manager Mike Murphy on the Wall of Fame.
COVID-19 is rising. More people are wearing masks.

I started the new school year. This year I am teaching technology to K and coding to 1-3. I am also doing yard duty with K.

Ukraine made an attack on Crimea. Yevgeny Prigozhin, head of the Wagner Group mercenaries, probably died in a plance crash. This may have been retaliation for his brief rebellion against Putin.

Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Petaluma and Santa Rosa Railroad -- August 30, 2023

Petaluma Daily Morning Courier, 02-August-1923

The Petaluma and Santa Rosa Railroad was an interurban electric line that connected Petaluma and Santa Rosa. Branches went to Sebastopol and Two Rock. Steamboats carried passengers and freight between San Francisco and Petaluma. The Northwestern Pacific Railroad purchased the PSR in 1932. Passenger service ended on 01-July-1932.

Tuesday, August 29, 2023

Monday, August 28, 2023

Biggest Necromantic Extravaganza on Earth -- August 28, 2023

Lansing State Journal, 13-August-1923

Harry Blackstone was a great showman. He had a long successful career and his son, Blackstone Junior, also became a magician. Blackstone, Senior inspired a comic book and a radio show, both titled Blackstone, Magic Detective.

Blackstone, Senior was known for a big stage show with lots of attractions. "Greatest Magician the World Has Ever Known." You don't see the word "Necromantic" very often.

Lansing State Journal, 16-August-1923

Sunday, August 27, 2023

King of the Vibraharp, Master of the Drums -- August 27, 2023

San Francisco Examiner, 31-August-1948

Lionel Hampton was a great band leader who started as a drummer and then became one of the first well-known vibraphonists. 75 years ago this month, his band played at Blanco's Cotton Club in San Francisco's Western Addition. 

Saturday, August 26, 2023

Terrific New 1948 Edition -- August 26, 2023

San Francisco Examiner, 31-August-1948

In August 1948, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus. the Greatest Show on Earth, played its San Francisco shows across the line in Daly City, at the enormous Cow Palace, which had opened in 1941. I remember people talking about the animals parading from the Southern Pacific yards up Geneva Avenue to the Cow Palace. My parents took us to see the circus at the Cow Palace several times. 

Thursday, August 24, 2023

Trump Arrested Again -- August 24, 2023

Former president Donald Judas Trump has been arrested in Georgia. This was his first arrest that produced a mugshot. 

Mount Tamalpais Scenic Railway -- August 24, 2023

San Francisco Chronicle, 06-August-1898

One of my favorite railroads is the Mill Valley and Mount Tamalpais Scenic Railway, a standard gauge line that climbed the mountain using geared locomotives. In 1898, customers would take a North Pacific Coast ferry from San Francisco to Sausalito, then get on a narrow-gauge train to the end of the Mill Valley branch, where they could catch a mountain train.

The railroad, later called the Mount Tamalpais and Muir Woods Railway, operated until 1929.

Wednesday, August 23, 2023

Back to School -- August 23, 2023

The kids at Good Shepherd School in Pacifica started the school year last week. Today I start teaching coding and technology. This year I am teaching K-3. Older kids will be part of a technology program offered by the Salesians. I want to sit in and see what they are doing. 

Tuesday, August 22, 2023

Ladies' Day, Today 2:15 -- August 22, 2023

San Francisco Examiner, 21-August-1923

The Hollywood Stars of the Pacific Coast League visited the San Francisco Seals at Seals Stadium. It was Ladies' Day. 

Monday, August 21, 2023

Good Instruction -- August 21, 2023

Ukiah Dispatch-Democrat, 13-November-1923

Many years ago, I taught data processing and computer applications at Heald Business College. The school had recently become a non-profit.

In 2009, Corinthian College took over and converted the chain into a for-profit. I think for-profit education is generally a bad idea. Corinthian shut down all of its schools without warning in 2015, leaving students with little recourse and owing, in many cases, large amounts of money. I was very sorry to see this happen.

Over the years Heald gave many people a good education in the shortest possible time. I missed a chance in 2013 to write about the school's 150th anniversary. I was there for the 125th.

Sunday, August 20, 2023

Saucelito Ferry. Summer Arrangement. -- August 20, 2023

San Francisco Examiner, 28-August-1873

This is a ferry schedule for boats between San Francisco and Sausalito (then often spelled Saucelito). The North Pacific Coast Railroad did not start running until the next year, so the Princess was probably operated by the Saucelito Land and Ferry Company. 

Saturday, August 19, 2023

Black Cat Magazine August 1898 -- August 19, 2023

The Black Cat Magazine was launched in Boston in 1895. It published short stories and was known for printing stories by new writers. 125 years ago, the August , 1898 issue had five short stories.

Friday, August 18, 2023

Horseless Carriages Are Clearing the Way -- August 18, 2023

San Francisco Call, 14-August-1898

This is an 1898 article about horseless carriages. It uses the word "automobile" only once. "...this vehicle is hardly likely to ever come into general use in San Francisco on account of the hills..."


THE horseless carriage is at last declared to be a success.

It is true that this vehicle is hardly likely to ever come into general use in San Francisco on account of the hills, but in most of the big cities of the world the horse is destined to soon become a curiosity, perhaps only to be seen in menageries and museums. The clatter of hoofs over cobbles and asphalt is about to give place to the whiz of the electric motor, the puff of the gasoline engine and the soft rattle of the coal oil locomotive. And the general verdict of thinking men is that it is well.

For the last ten years horseless carriages have merely been in the experimental stage. In a number of cities they have been put on the streets to replace cabs, but people have looked upon them as curiosities and the patronage has not been what was expected. A number of wealthy men have bought them for their own use or amusement, but heretofore the number, of horses displaced has hardly been worth counting. Now all is changed.

The principal work at developing the horseless carriage has been done In Paris and London. Most of the machines on New York's streets were of foreign make, although a number of native ones held their own with them. There were only a few in use, but they competed successfully with the cabs and received a fair amount of patronage. It is asserted that this would have been more if the horseless carriages were more plentiful. As it was they attracted so much curious attention many people disliked them. Were they in general use this objection would be removed.

And they are going to be in general use, in Paris at least, within the next few months, or as fast as the machines can be built, for the big cab company over there has decided to adopt them entirely.

The few that have been in operation in Paris during the last three years demonstrated to the cabmen that they could be made more profitable than horses if certain improvements were made. But how to get the improvements was another matter that was at last overcome by offering large prizes to builders of the vehicle in order to stimulate them to greater efforts.

This plan has borne good fruit, for last year a number of big improvements showed up. Again the cabmen offered prizes and the "exhibition" has just closed, the result being a number of carriages that answered all requirements and stood all tests. The judges pronounced at least a dozen to be "perfect," but have not yet decided as to which one is the very best but the cab company has decided to adopt them, feeling sure of success on account of the perfection of so many.

The cabmen who have encouraged this work have formed themselves into an organization known as the automobile club.

At the exhibition that has just closed twenty-six vehicles were put through the tests despite the severity of the programme, which made obligatory a daily run of thirty-six miles, at a minimum, within a period of sixteen hours.

The vehicles admitted to the competition figured in the following six categories:
1. (a) Closed carriages , for two persons, (b) Open carriages, with hood, for two persons, (c) Mixed carriages for two persons, capable ¦of being instantaneously closed or opened.

2. (a) Carriages for four persons, with space for baggage, sixty-five pounds to each person, (b) Open carriages, with hood, for four persons.

3. Closed carriages for six persons, with space, for baggage, sixty-five pounds to each person.

The vehicle had to be so constructed that all the passengers should be comfortably installed therein, and had to be provided with an odometer or a kilometric counter with two brakes, one progressive and the other instantaneous. Out of the twenty-six vehicles booked sixteen were electric and ten gasoline.

The first of June was devoted to an examination of the conditions of establishment and of the system and running of the vehicles. From June 2 to June 10 the carriages had to make nine specific Itineraries, the same for all. On the 11th the experiments of the first of June were repeated, in order to ascertain the disturbances that had been introduced into the running of the vehicles by a service of nine consecutive days. On the 12th, the day of the grand prize, the carriages went to Versailles, a distance of about twelve miles, and returned through the Bois de Boulogne, in order to figure in the classic return of this very Parisian solemnity.

In the nine itineraries commissioners accompanied each vehicle and carefully noted upon a service sheet all the incidents of the daily trip, the real speed upon a level and upon certain known gradients, etc.

The Jury consisted of twelve members, six selected from members of the club and six selected by the competitors. The report of this jury has, up to the present, not been made known.

In London the tendency of the horseless carriage seems to be in the direction of large vehicles to replace the omnibuses. The cabmen who were at the exhibition and tests in Paris have expressed themselves as delighted with the machine and have decided to adopt it in some modified form.

There are to be steam omnibuses, motor omnibuses and "petrol" cabs. As regards the first, the steam is created by a slow combustion stove, which consumes only a very small quantity of coke or petroleum. These omnibuses are of 20 horsepower, to be increased presently to 30 horsepower. One vehicle will, it is asserted, carry twenty-eight passengers, and, where necessary, is capable of being fastened to another omnibus of equal capacity. The cost per passenger is stated to amount to one-tenth of a cent per mile; speed from eight to ten miles an hour, to be increased to fifteen miles an hour.

Thursday, August 17, 2023

Coulter -- Ship Falls of Clyde -- August 17, 2023

San Francisco Call, 02-January-1903

William A Coulter did many maritime drawings for the San Francisco Call. This example is a painting. It shows the Falls of Clyde, an oil tanker built in Scotland. At that time, she was operated by San Francisco's Matson Navigation Company. She still survives as a museum ship in Honolulu.

The passage of the ship Falls of Clyde, thirteen days to Hilo, while not the fastest on record, is the fastest in many months and one of the best ever made between here and the islands.

Wednesday, August 16, 2023

Lahaina Burned -- August 16, 2023

Much of the historic district of Lahaina, Maui as burned in a wildfire that destroyed large parts of the lee side of the island. Every day the death toll goes up. News reports are calling it one of the worst wildfires in US history.

A large part of the population of Lahaina has evacuated to the north or south. 

We visited in 1985 and stayed in Kaanapali. The Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Kaanapali survived. We walked through much of the historic district. The Lahaina, Kaanapali and Pacific Railroad, which stopped running in 2019, lost its Lahaina depot, but the equipment, stored in Kaanapali, is reported to have survived. 

The postcard of the Baldwin House, built in 1835, was taken in the early 1900s. The house, serving as a museum dedicated to missionaries, burned in 2023. 

Tuesday, August 15, 2023

Trump Arraigned Again -- August 15, 2023

Former president Donald Judas Trump has been arraigned along with 18 of his lickspittles on RICO charges for interfering in the 2020 election in Georgia. Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has pursued this case with dedication despite death threats and other forms of interference. 

Albert Bierstadt -- Estes Park, Colorado, Whyte's Lake -- August 15, 2023

Whitney Gallery of Western Art Collection

I have always enjoyed the paintings of Albert Bierstadt. He painted "Estes Park, Colorado, Whyte's Lake" in 1877. It is preserved at the Whitney Gallery of Western Art.

Monday, August 14, 2023

Take a Kodak with You -- August 14, 2023

Photoplay, August 1923

George Eastman's Kodak cameras allowed many people to take up photography. I remember going on vacation and having to watch how much film I was using. Digital cameras have made that part better. I like the composition of this photo.

Sunday, August 13, 2023

Time Magazine -- Frederick Banting -- August 13, 2023

Time, August 7, 1923

The cover of the 07-August-1923 Time Magazine featured Canadian Doctor Frederick Banting. Banting was the co-discoverer of insulin. 

Saturday, August 12, 2023

So-o-o Try R C Cola Today! -- August 12, 2023

Columbia Record, 31-August-1948

I have not had an RC-Cola for years. Here I suspect they are encouraging people to stock up for Labor Day weekend. 

Friday, August 11, 2023

Thursday, August 10, 2023

Robbie Robertson, RIP -- August 10, 2023

Robbie Robertson of The Band has died. He played a wonderful guitar and wrote many famous songs. I remember when they had The Last Waltz at Winterland.
The Weight (Remastered 2000)

Up On Cripple Creek

The Last Waltz (1978) - The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down Scene (5/7) | Movieclips

Polly Supplants Radio -- August 10, 2023

Seattle Star, 31-August-1923


Mrs. Charles Mansfield of Atlanta, GA., has given up her auto radio set since Polly learned to sit on the steering wheel and whistle for her. 

Wednesday, August 9, 2023

Senator Flays Hooded Kluxers -- August 9, 2023

Saint Paul Appeal, 11-August-1923

Three front-page articles from the 11-August-1923 Saint Paul Appeal are about lynching, a threatened race riot and a Ku Klux Klan cross burning. 

I had never heard of Senator William Cabell Bruce, but after I read his views on lynching and the Klan, I liked him. He served only one term. 

Even though whites opposed the creation of what is now the Tuskegee Veterans Administration Medical Center, once it opened, they wanted all the professional jobs to be held by whites. Appeals to President Harding let to him agreeing that the hospital should employ black doctors and nurses. 

Would Have Veterans’ Hospital
Manned by Colored
Advocates Uniform Anti-Lynch
Laws in Each State Rather
Than Dyer Bill
(Afro Service.)


1. The Dyer Bill will not stop lynching any more than the Eighteenth Amendment will stop whiskey drinking. Laws depend upon public sentiment for their enforcement. I am in favor of each State passing an anti-lynching bill punishing mobs and officials engaged in lynchings and granting damages in money to the family of the victim.
2. Tuskegee Hospital should be manned by colored doctors and nurses. If I were a white nurse or doctor and were sent to Tuskegee Hospital. I would not serve.
3. The Ku Klux Klan is a menace to American sovereignty and should be wiped from the face of the earth. The sooner they are destroyed, the better it will be for the nation. I am going to fight against them with the same fervor that I am going to fight against the lynching mob.

The strongest statement on the question of race relationship ever uttered by a Maryland U. S. senator was that given out by W. Cabell Bruce, Maryland’s junior senator, elected on the Democratic ticket recently.

In it Senator Bruce thundered against lynching, the Ku Klux Klan and the effort being made to place a white personnel over the colored soldier’s hospital at Tuskegee. The senator takes his seat for the first time in the next congress.

Senator Bruce said:

Pledges Fairness.

"As a member of the Senate, I propose, so far as it shall lie in my power, to see that the colored man receives fair and just treatment in every respect. For instance, if I had a voice in the matter, I should certainly insist that the veterans’ hospital, recently established by the government at Tuskegee for the care of colored veterans, should be under the charge of colored physicians and nurses; assuming, as I have no reason to doubt, that the colored people could furnish competent persons for the places; and I should insist upon my point all the more strongly now that such an irresponsible and danferous order as the Ku Klux Klan has endeavored to terrorize Dr. Moton, the head of Tuskegee, and his associates.
Physician At Tuskegee.

If I were a white physician or nurse, I would be ashamed to permit myself to be the instrument of such gross injustice. If the principle of carrying along the two races on equal but not converging lines is a sound working one, where could it be better applied than to the situation that has risen at the Tuskegee hospital?

Opposed to Lynching.

"I shall also avail myself of all the little influence that my office may give me to do whatever I can to bring to an end the savage and abominable practice of lynching -- a practice that is unworthy of any community that affects to possess the merest rudiments of civilization; but not by voting as a senator for the Dyer anti-lynching bill; for in my judgment that bill is a palpably unconstitutional measure; and, even if it were not, it would, if enacted, be such an irritating interference with the domestic interests of the states that the bitterness engendered by it would be much more likely to make it productive of harm than of good."

Whites to Try to Prove Colored
Staff at Hospital

New York, Aug. 10. -- In connection with the report today of the arrest of three colored veterans at the United States government hospital in Tuskegee, Alabama, the National Association today issued a warning of a race riot "manufactured" by Alabama whites to discredit the hospital inmates and colored staff.

"White people have threatened the heads of Tuskegee Institute and have driven away colored men appointed by the United States Veterans’ Bureau to fill positions in the government hospital at Tuskegee.

"Failing to terrorize the United States government, the white Tuskegee mobbists are now attempting to prepare the country for a carefully manufactured ‘race riot’ at Tuskegee. It is to be expected that if attacked by a mob, the colored people in Tuskegee will attempt to defend themselves."

Gathering Draws About 400 in
Civilian Clothes; Distribute Pamphlets.

Burning Auto Headlights Light
all Approaches, Maintain Secrecy.

A fiery cross 20 feet high burned Monday night on the hill facing Little Bass lake, seven miles north of St. Paul, while at least 100 robed followers of the Ku Klux Klan and perhaps 400 men in civilian clothes held a Klan meeting in the hollow close to the lake.

Elaborate precautions were taken by those at the meeting to prevent interruption and maintain secrecy, according to lake residents who live across the lake from the scene of the gathering. The hollow where the meeting was held is part of the picnic grounds owned by Charles Chapman, who also maintains a large bathing beach on Big Bass lake.

Headlights Kept Burning.

On the hill, facing up, according to the Jake residents, was a circle of parked cars with searchlights burning, while guards were posted at intervals along the top of the hill, thus making it impossible for anyone to approach the meeting from this side, unobserved. A similar row of cars faced the lake, their searchlights being trained so that no boat could approach the shore without being seen. Deputy Sheriff Frank Robert, who lives on the opposite shore, was honored with two searchlights constantly on his house, according to information received. About half a dozenboats were out on the lake, but little accurate information as to the proceedings could be learned.

Meeting Lasts Two Hours.

The gathering of the Klan began about 9 P. M. and the meeting lasted about two hours. A similar meeting was held July 4, but none of the lake residents paid much attention to it then, as it was thought to be merely a Fourth celebration.

Tuesday, August 8, 2023

Happy International Cat Day -- August 8, 2023

Tigerlily wishes everyone a happy International Cat Day.

I took the photo on 18-March-2023.

Pacific Coast League All-Star Game -- August 8, 2023

San Francisco Examiner, 08-August-1923

The 1948 Pacific Coast League All-Star Game was held at Seals Stadium, home of the San Francisco Seals. The South All-Stars won 6-2. 

Monday, August 7, 2023

Dinner at Hambone Kelly's -- August 7, 2023

San Francisco Examiner, 02-August-1923

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 dinner and entertainment for one dollar. Hambone Kelly's went out of business in 1950. Perhaps they should have charged more. 

Sunday, August 6, 2023

Comic Book -- World's Finest Comics -- August 6, 2023

Superman calls balls and strikes as Robin catches and Batman bats. I think Robin needs a better mask. 

Friday, August 4, 2023

Toonerville Trolley -- Get Busy and Clean Up the Mess You Left -- August 4, 2023

Perth Amboy Evening News, 27-August-1923

I love Fontaine Fox's The Toonerville Trolley That Meets All the Trains

I am frequently shocked at the mess people in old movies leave in the country when they picnic. The picnic scene in WC Fields' It's a Gift is not as exaggerated as many people think it is. The Skipper strives to keep the Toonerville picnic grove nice and tidy. 

Washington Times, 30-June-1918

Thursday, August 3, 2023

Krazy Kat -- Koppa Kows -- August 3, 2023

Washington Times, 02-August-1923

I love George Herriman's Krazy Kat. Click on the image to see a larger version.

Washington Times, 30-June-1918

Wednesday, August 2, 2023

Cable Car Sesquicentennial Celebration -- August 2, 2023

Today my wonderful and patient wife accompanied me to the Cable Car Sesquicentennial Celebration at Powell and Market. There was a good crowd, and many were in costumes from various eras. I had a nice chat with Emperor Norton. Our host was Rick Laubscher of today's Market Street Railway. The PA system was weak and it was hard to hear some of the speakers. Representative Nancy Pelosi, Mayor London Breed, Supervisor Aaron Peskin, and many others spoke. Andrew S Hallidie had a few remarks. 

Powell Street Car One, which was built to celebrate the Centennial in 1973, was beautifully decorated by Val Lupiz, who also pulled the grip today. The VIPs rode away on the car.

Senator Dianne Feinstein was scheduled to be there, but she wasn't feeling well. 

Cable Car Sesquicentennial -- August 2, 2023

Today we celebrate the Sesquicentennial (150th anniversary) of San Francisco's cable cars. Join us at 10:30 am at Powell and Market streets for a party. 

Learn more about the Cable Car Sesquicentennial:

My cable car website:

Nation Mourns President's Death -- 100 Years -- August 2, 2023

Washington Evening Star, 02-August-1923

President Warren G Harding, looking forward to running for a second term the following year, left Washington DC in early June for a speaking tour across the country all the way to the Territory of Alaska. In Alaska, he drove the last spike for the Alaska Railroad on 15-July-1923 and visited Mount McKinley (now Denali) national park. In late July, while still in Alaska, he complained of shortness of breath and other unwelcome symptoms. On 27-July-1923, Harding gave a speech in Seattle. That night, he woke up and complained of abdominal pain. His doctor expected heart trouble. On 29-July-1923, still ailing, he checked into the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. First lady Florence Harding read to him as he lay in bed on 02-August-1923. He died suddenly. Initial reports said he died of a stroke, but recent opinions says he died of a heart attack.

Vice President Calvin Coolidge was notified at this family's home in Plymouth, Vermont and his father, a justice of the peace, administered the presidential oath. 



Mrs. Harding Reading Aloud Beside Bed When Death Strikes;
Bears Tragedy Bravely.
Apoplexy or Rupture of Blood Vessel in Brain Causes Passing of
Nation’s Leader.

By the Associated Press. 

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., August 3. -- A nation today mourned the passing of its leader.

The American people from coast to coast and from lakes to gulf, and in the territories beyond the seas, bowed their heads in grief, for their President was dead. In the early hours of last evening, after a day which had brought renewed hope of recovery, death came suddenly and struck down Warren G. Harding with a stroke of cerebral apoplexy.

The end came instantaneously and without even a second of warning, at 7:30 o’clock. There was no time to summon additional physicians. No time to call the members of his official family, and no time for medical skill to exercise its knowledge. It was all over in the twinkling of an eye, and it left a nation and the world shocked and in grief.

Mrs. Harding, the constant companion of her distinguished husband, was faithful to the end. She was reading to him a few minutes before 7:30 o’clock when she noticed a shudder run through the frame of the man she had loved, encouraged in adversity and praised in success. Before she could arise from her chair Mr. Harding collapsed in his bed, and she rushed to the door calling for the physicians to come quickly.

Brig. Gen. Sawyer, chief of the staff of physicians, who had been attending the Chief Executive, who also was in the room, and the two nurses present. Miss Ruth Powderly and Miss Sue Dausser. did all they could, but it availed nothing.

The President had fought and won one victory against disease, but it appeared in a more insidious form, and he lost the battle.

Became World Figure.

Great as was the shock to all who dwell under the American flag and to peoples in many lands -- for Mr. Harding by virtue of his office, his kindly and his lovable personality had become a world figure -- the great shock came to his wife, reading by his side, but she did not collapse.

"She was shocked, of course, and at first unable to realize that she had lost the husband who had made up all the interest in her life, for so many proud and happy years," said Gen. Sawyer later. "But there was no collapse, no hysteria just a brave rally to face her sorrows and the duties devolving upon her at this hour."

Mrs. Harding was standing the shock well early today, but whether she could stand up under the grief that bore down upon her as the sad journey back to Washington is made was another question. Those who know her best say that she will.

Reach Capital Tuesday.

When dawn crept over the mountains and lighted up the Golden Gate this morning almost all of the arrangements for this trip -- the saddest transcontinental journey in the history of the nation -- had been made. The trip will be started about 7 o'clock this evening, and should end in Washington Tuesday morning.

The train will go direct to Washington by way of Reno, Ogden, Cheyenne, Omaha and Chicago.

This announcement was made after a conference participated in by the four members of the President's official party In San Francisco, and was approved by Mrs. Harding.

The car will be lighted at night, and at all times two soldiers and two sailors, a part of a naval and military guard of sixteen enlisted men, will stand at attention guarding the casket.

Train to Make No Stops.

The train will make no stops enroute except those necessary for its operation. The body of the President will be borne in the rear car, probably the same in which he made the trip from the capital to the Pacific coast.

The train will carry the presidential party as composed during the trip across the country to Alaska, and also Gen. Pershing, Attorney General Daugherty and Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Remsberg and family, Mrs. Remsberg being a sister of the President.

The body will not be taken from the hotel except to go directly to the train, and there will be only the very simplest private ceremony at the hotel before it is moved.

The final Interment of the body of President Harding will be at Marion, Ohio, his home city, a member of the presidential party announced today. The body of the President lay today in the room in which he suffered and died.

The five physicians who attended the President were united in their decisions as to the cause of death. In a statement issued last night and signed by all of them they declared it was due to "apoplexy or a rupture of blood vessel in the axis of the brain near the respiratory center."

The statement emphasized that death from such a cause might have occurred at any time and came after recovery of the acute illness he had suffered for a week was in progress.

Confident of Recovery.

The statement showed conclusively that the physicians as well as everyone else believed up to the minute the executive was subjected to the apoplectic attack that he was on the road to recovery. Three hours before the end came the most optimistic bulletin issued since the President was taken ill was made public. It said that he had spent the "most comfortable day since his illness began." The bulletin was timed 4:20 p.m.

"The evidences of infection are subsiding but he has been left in a very weakened condition by the hard battle he has made," the bulletin added. "This afternoon the temperature is remaining normal, with the pulse rate around 100 and the respirations averaging about thirty. Other factors remain the same."

The bulletin was so optimistic that there was a general letting down in the watchfulness that has attended the President’s illness. Members of the cabinet and their wives, the personnel of the executive staff and many of the newspaper men went out to dinners, where most of the talk was when the trip back to Washington would be started. At no time since the President was brought to San Francisco Sunday morning was the vicinity of the presidential suite as deserted as it was about 7 o’clock last night.

Few Near Death Scene.

Outside the suite the usual secret service men stood guard -- they also discussing when they would get back to Washington -- and down the corridor a little handful of newspapermen were gathered.

Mrs. Harding, Gen. Sawyer and the two nurses, however, had not relinquished their watchfulness, and it is truly typical of Mrs. Harding that she should have been there, for no first lady of the land was ever more devoted and faithful to her husband than was Mrs. Harding.

Mrs. Harding was reading to the President an article entitled "A Calm Review of a Calm Man," written by Samuel G. Blythe, a noted political writer, and published in a current magazine. It described the man to whom she was reading, and he was interested In it. She paused In her reading and glanced up, he raised his hand and said: "That’s good. Go on. Read some more."

Those were the last words President Harding spoke. In an instant a shudder shook his frame, his hand dropped, and he collapsed.

Mrs. Harding was at the door instantly and called:

"Find Boone and the others! Quick!"

One of the secret service men rushed down the corridor searching for Dr. Boone, while Gen. Sawyer worked desperately within the room, applying restoratives. Dr. Boone could not be found on the eighth floor, and messengers were sent out. He was found and came in almost running at 7:37 o'clock. Several others had gone Into the room In the meantime, and those that came out were plainly greatly distressed.

Hoover Grief Stricken.

One of these was Secretary Hoover, whose face was blanched and his eyes dim. All he could say to newspapermen was that there would be a statement soon. At 7:45 o’clock it was announced that there would be a formal statement within a few minutes and at 7:51 o’clock it was issued. It said:

"The President died instantaneously and without warning while conversing with members of his family at 7:30. Death was apparently due to some brain development. probably apoplexy.

"During the day he had been free from discomfort and there was every justification for anticipating a prompt recovery.


"C. E. SAWYER. M. D.
"C. M. COOPER. M. D.
"J. T. BOONE. M. D.
This was followed by a second bulletin which made the flat announcement that death was due to apoplexy and that Mrs. Harding, Gen. Sawyer and the two nurses were in the room at the time.

One of the Associated Press representatives, who have been on watch ever since the President was brought to San Francisco last Sunday morning, heard Mrs. Harding's appeal for the doctors, saw the secret service man hurry down the hall in search of Dr. Boone, and at 7:29 o’clock sent a bulletin traveling over the wires to all parts of the country telling of the call for the physicians, and then followed with bulletins giving more details of what was occurring in the vicinity of the presidential suite. Thus newspaper editors were aware of something impending fully twenty-two minutes before the announcement of death was made.

When the death announcement was made it was flashed to all points of the nation by the Associated Press by telegraph and telephone, and to the most distant parts of the world by cable and radio. Thus it was that newspapers were on the streets in New York with announcement of the passing of the republic’s chief before it became at all generally known about the hotel.

Confusion Follows.

The announcement was followed momentarily by confusion in the vicinity of the presidential suite, but soon the trained members of the executive staff took charge, the physicians conferred and later issued their detailed statement as to the cause of death, and the cabinet members meeting together decided upon and submitted to Mrs. Harding for approval the plans for the return trip to Washington.

Messages were dispatched, telling of the sad news, to George B. Christian, Jr, the President’s secretary, who had gone to Los Angeles to speak for the President at a Knights Templar meeting, to the other cabinet members, and to Calvin Coolidge. the Vice President, who early today took the oath of office at his home in Plymouth. Vt. and became the head of the nation.

The detailed statement by the physicians described the changes in the President’s physical condition dating from last spring, when the President, following a long period of overwork and great strain, was confined to his bed with an attack of influenza. This attack was more serious than the general public ever realized, and its effects had not been entirely dissipated when the present trip was started in June, despite the five weeks’ vacation spent in Florida and Georgia in March and early April.

Had Suffered Since Spring.

The President, it was revealed, had been subject to some attacks of abdominal pains and indigestion, and there had for some time been evidences of arterio-sclerosis. enlargement of the heart and defective action of the kidneys. The statement then recited that the executive had suffered an acute gastro-intestinal attack, associated with abdominal pain and fever, on the return trip from Alaska, and told how he had insisted on going through with his program in Vancouver, B. C. a week ago Thursday, and at Seattle a week ago yesterday. The statement then told of the cancellation of the proposed trip into the Yosemite, of his arrival here Sunday morning, and traced his varying condition during the week.

"Most disturbing of all." it said, "was the rapid and irregular breathing, suggestive of arterio-sclerosis of the brain vessels in the region of the respiratory center."

The physicians reviewed the favorable conditions existing just prior to the apoplectic attack and concluded by saying;

"He was resting comfortably in bed and conversing with Mrs. Harding and Gen. Sawyer when he died instantly without a word or a groan."

The best explanation of the death of the chief executive may be found in these words by Lieut. Commander Joel T. Boone, assistant to Dr. Sawyer, as the President’s physician:

"The President had a most splendid afternoon," he said. "When I left the room for dinner, I commented: "Doesn't he look splendid?" Then all at once he just went like that --" Dr. Boone snapped his fingers. "Just like that, something snapped; that’s all."

The physician's statement follows:

"Last spring, following a long period of overwork and great strain, President Harding was confined to his bed with an attack of influenza, which was followed by a few nocturnal attacks of labored breathing. His recovery was slow, and he had not fully regained his normal strength and health when he started out on the trip to Alaska. He had also had some attacks of abdominal pain and Indigestion, and at times he had some pain associated with feeling of oppression in the chest. For some years his systolic blood pressure had ranged around 180. and there was evidence of some arterial sclerosis, enlargement of the heart and defective action of the kidneys except for fatigue and the fact that his heart and blood vessels were some years older than the rest of his body, he was in reasonable good health.

"On the return trip from Alaska he had an acute gastro-intestinal attack, associated-with abdominal pain and fever. In spite of his illness he insisted on putting through his program of speaking in Vancouver and Seattle. He had considerable difficulty in completing his addresses in Seattle because of weakness and pain. Because of this he was persuaded to come directly to San Francisco, and arrived at the Palace Hotel Sunday morning, July 28. He dressed and walked to the automobile from the train. Sunday evening a consultation was called because his temperature had risen to 102 and his pulse and respiration were abnormally rapid. The abdominal difficulty had by this time become localized in the gall bladder region, but there was a general toxemia with fever and leucocytesis. A central broncho-pneumonia soon developed on the left side. It was accompanied by short circulatory collapses and cold sweats and an irregular pulse. Most disturbing of all was the rapid and irregular breathing, suggestive of arteriosclerosis of the brain vessels In the region of the respiratory center.

"Under treatment marked Improvement in the pneumonia and circulatory disturbances took place, and Thursday, August 2, he was free from fever and pain; the acute lung condition was practically gone. He was resting comfortably in bed and conversing with Mrs. Harding and Gen. Sawyer when he died instantaneously, without a word or a groan.

"We all believe he died from apoplexy or a rupture of a blood vessel in the axis of the brain near the respiratory centers. His death came after recovery from the acute illness was in process. It might have occurred at any time. One of his sisters died suddenly in the same manner. (Signed)

"C. E. SAWYER. M. D.
"C. M. COOPER. M. D.
"J. T. BOONE. M. D.

Hastily summoned members of the President’s party, led by Secretary Hoover, had hardly left the room which now had become a death chamber before the cry of newsboys call the extras rose from the streets far below.

Mingled with these calls was heard the soft crying of a woman. It was not Mrs Harding, though, for, as much as she desired to give expression to the greatest grief that can come to a woman, she met the situation calmly.

Secretary Hoover left the room just before the news of the President's death was announced, and in answer to inquiries from a small group of newspaper men. said:

"Boys. I can’t tell you a thing."

He spoke in a voice that was choked and his expression denoted deep and sudden grief. after the first announcement was made the corridors at the President's suite became filled, nearby with members of the President's official party, and farther away with newspapermen and others, mostly city, state and federal officials, who had heard of the news.

Hotel officials, among the first to whom word of the tragic event was given, immediately had the great blue presidential flag with its gold seal of the United Slates hauled down and then raised again to half-staff.

Dance Stops.

A minute or two later an assistant manager rushed into the Rose Bowl room, where a dinner dance was in progress, raised a hand and stopped the orchestra’s playing. Announcement of the death of the Executive followed, and the dancers, their gay dress a sad contrast to their expressions of gravity, gathered into little groups, obtained their wraps and departed.

The news passed from lip to lip. Some guests, more curious than their fellows, gathered in groups at the ends of the corridors leading to the presidential rooms and stared down the hallways at the screens which shut off the view of the suite where the forty-ninth President of the United States lay silent in death.

Several minutes of the President’s last quarter of an hour alive were devoted, as had been much of his life, to childhood and its interests.

Two little girls came to the Presidential suite just before 7 o'clock with flowers, seeking to present them to the President.

Mrs. Harding, who shares the President’s lifelong love of children, graciously came from the sick room to speak a word to the two tots, and accepted their gift. Returning to the President, she took with her a few of the blossoms, and these were in the room a few minutes later when he died.

Even after the President was dead the telegrams which have been coming ever since his illness, all expressing hopes for his recovery, or gratification that he had made such satisfactory progress, were continuing to

A minute or two after his death, a messenger brought in a large bundle of them.

Several of the state and national figures, who hurried to the presidential suite to express their sympathy and leave condolences, later issued formal statements on the President's death.

Tuesday, August 1, 2023

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

San Francisco Examiner, 02-August-1973

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

It includes some new items:
1. Picture of the Month: On the day of the centennial, the front page of the San Francisco Examiner featured a photo of the parade of decorated cable cars. (Source: San Francisco Examiner, 1973-08-02, Page 1).
2. On the Centennial and Sesquicentennial of the Birth of the Cable Car page: More ads and collectibles and an article about the Cable Car Carpentry Shop Tour.
3. Added News items about the death of Tony Bennett and the 125th birthday of the Ferry Building.

Ten years ago this month (August, 2013):
1. Picture of the Month: A diagram giving details of J. P. F. Kuhlmann's counterbalance system, used to move electric streetcars up and down hills in Seattle and Portland. (Source: "Kuhlmann's Counterbalance System of Operating Electric Cars on Steep Grades", Electrical Engineer, July 19, 1893.).
2. On the Cable Cars in the Pacific Northwest page: More about Seattle and Portland Counterbalances, including selected articles from The Street Railway Journal.
3. On the Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest page, added more about the 50th Annual Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest
4. On the Motion Pictures Which Feature Cable Cars page: Added screen captures from Buster Keaton's "Daydreams", with Powell/Mason cable cars and one electric streetcar.

Twenty years ago this month (August, 2003):
1. Picture of the Month: Seattle, Second and Madison
2. Added the August installment of Val Lupiz's quarterly column, Tales From the Grip
3. Added more about Seattle cable cars and counterbalances to the Cable Cars in the Pacific Northwest page.
4. Added Disney pin and Italian Charm to the Kitsch page.

5. Added photos to the SF Muni page: Washington/Jackson and old Powell/Mason dash signs and on the Ferries & Cliff House Railway page a Sacramento/Clay sign, all thanks to Val Lupiz

150 Years Ago This Month (August, 1873): August 2 - The Clay Street Hill Cable Railroad made its first test run

100 Years Ago This Month (August, 1923): August 1 - The City of Glasgow takes ownership of the cable-operated Glasgow District Subway

50 Years Ago This Month (August, 1973): August 2 - The 100th birthday of the cable car

The Cable Car Home Page now has a Facebook page:

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