Headlines in History: November 21, 1913

I love history, so it is fitting why I would write for a history website and teach the subject to high school students. I find the stories of our past fascinating and I love to share those stories with other people. Sometimes, however, our present leaves us in awe just as well as tales from antiquity. Perhaps the stories that affect our lives the most will never be published in a newspaper or find its way into a text book, but its importance can not be doubted.

“Civilization is a stream with banks. The stream is sometimes filled with blood from people killing, stealing, shouting and doing things historians usually record, while on the banks, unnoticed, people build homes, make love, raise children, sing songs, and write poetry… The story of civilization is the story of what happened on the banks. Historians are pessimists because they ignore the banks for the river.” —Will Durant, The Story of Civilization

A story from the banks of my river was written yesterday, when two of my great friends, Christopher and Catherine, became engaged. I was lost for words out of joy, and believe me, I am rarely lost for words. I could not be happier for the two of them.

The stories you find here in Headlines in History might not be in the text books, you may never think of those involved again, but they do offer a window into moments that have profoundly affected people who were very much like ourselves, 100 years ago. Perhaps it would behoove us to start publishing those little things again, the births and marriages, because they are important. So important that I didn’t do any correcting last night because I was too happy to give out bad grades. Alas!

New York Tribune:

While the premise of this story might seem silly at first, I should remind you that planes were still a new technology and were not yet utilized for commercial transportation.



Bemidji Daily Pioneer (MN):

I don’t call your attention to this next case out of cruel humor, because clearly this man is afflicted with a serious mental disorder. However, I do find it interesting that it is a judge who will rule if this man needs clinical treatment. In addition, it must have been a rather novel form of schizophrenia, as few people at that time, I would imagine, had much of a fear of electricity. However, 24 years prior to this event, the electric chair was first used, so perhaps its existence brought this man’s mind into an inescapable jumble. For this man, he shouldn’t expect much help; treatments in the early 1900s ranged from going to church, to raising your temperature, to being injected with sulfur and oil.



The Evening Herald (Klamath Falls, OR):

While this paper might be shocked at the use of guns by women for murder, the practice of gun ownership by females is not uncommon. In fact, it is estimated that 23% of American women own guns.



The Times Dispatch (Richmond, VA):

President Wilson should have known better than to try to interfere with the wedding plans of his daughter. I love that he was told by his family members that, “he is a ‘mere man’ and to go away”. You tell him, ladies. At least he had his future son-in-law to join him in “masculine miseries.”



Daily Capital Journal (Salem, OR):

Nothing like a feel good story of a prospector and his mule to end the news right. Happy Thursday, my friends.