Headlines in History: November 14, 1913

As the winter quickly approaches the northern regions of America and Europe, the annual question arises for me: mittens or gloves? Now, I’ll spoil the fun and tell you that every year, I go with the glove. Perhaps it is more respectable in my mind, though my toes just scowl up at me. They remember the terrible nature of foot gloves. My aunt lived in Japan for a few years and at one point sent me toe socks. There is no more foul invention than these. To separate my toes was as bad as forcing a human and their daemon apart. But separating the fingers? It is more easily done. But should ease translate into gloves over toasty mittens? Give me some help, my friends.

In the meantime, here’s your daily ration of Headlines in History:

East Oregonian:

William Taft has become the brunt of many jokes since his time in the White House, and many of those jokes focus on his weight. I myself am guilty, as just two weeks ago I showed my high school history class a picture of his tub…and four men who fit inside it. However, Taft worked hard to regulate his weight. It was recently reported that his diet was quite similar to diets we see today. In today’s paper, just a year out of office, he had lost 100 pounds. Substantial for anyone in any time.


The Bisbee Daily Review (AZ):

Perhaps finally presidents learned the meaning of brevity. After the ol’ William Harrison mishap, you would have thought presidential remarks would have shortened. The presumably thankful public must have rejoiced to have heard such news that there would be no, “long, voluminous” speech. Take note, rambling pastors of churches I attend.


Mount Vernon Signal (KY):

When I see the word tabloid, I often think of the fake newspapers at the checkout counter at a grocery store. However, “tabloid” refers to any news that is compressed. The word originated from the Tabloid pill. Prior to this invention, medicine was taken in the powder form, so the invention of pills made for ingesting medicine all the more manageable. Newspapers jumped on this idea and began publishing sections of short stories. Only in 1918 did the tabloid newspapers (smaller in size, more sensational in content) arise. That said, I wonder what evidence was presented against these men who were sentenced in the notorious winking case.


The Sun (NY, NY):

Nothing like a duel to liven things up. In this case, artist Jean-Louis Forain challenged painter Giovanni Boldini to combat, though he might have been a little rash, as no one seems willing to be his second. When it comes to duels, I rather enjoy what Mark Twain said:

“I thoroughly disapprove of duels. If a man should challenge me, I would take him kindly and forgivingly by the hand and lead him to a quiet place and kill him.”