info 06.25.14

1914
Part 2

In March and April, New Yorkers are reading about anarchists, a brief intervention in Mexico, the subways being extended and interconnected, and a snowstorm that nearly rivals the Blizzard of 1888. Also, the tango. Here are some of the other stories running in the New York Times (courtesy of the NY Times' TimesMachine). We've included links to the articles, but you can only read them with a digital (or home delivery) subscription.



March 1
Snow Melting on Mars

Guarding NY Against Death by Violence: Firearms Restriction has Decreased Murder and Suicide



March 2
Then: City-Dwelling Farmers
Now: Modern Farmer

Here's a shocker: NYU Needs More Buildings



March 5
A bill is considered in Albany giving equal pay for women teachers of the 7th and 8th grades in NYC public schools and is passed later that month. Glad that's settled once and for all.



A few days earlier, the Times had run an article featuring Miss Beatrice Carr, who wrote, "In my judgment the college women will not find men anywhere in the world finer men, or higher standards of probity, of courtesy and of honor than prevail in our much maligned Wall Street district. I consider that 'the Street' today offers college women who are really in earnest by far the best opportunity for a career which has ever been open to women in business."

Days later, the paper reported that Girl Architects Organize a Firm.



March 8
Smuggle Pet Dog in Hats and Muffs—Women, Arriving in England, Use Every Conceivable Expedient to Evade Quarantine Law. Dogs are disguised as a wreath, put in hand muffs or an overcoat pocket, custom-designed for dog smuggling.

A Brit condescends to compliment New Yorkers on their improved manners since his previous visit, 30 years before. Some of the words he uses to describe his first impression of us: boorish, uncivil, rowdyish, arrogant, boastful, intensely egotistical and bumptious.



March 9
Dr. Alexander Graham Bell predicts an Over-Ocean Flight Soon. Marconi, the paper reported on March 18, said transatlantic phone calls would soon be possible.


March 15
Want City Bureau for Tree Culture



Twin tunnels and a bridge to New Jersey considered. Expect delays.

Shakespeare wasn't all that: tiresome then, tiresome now.



March 22
Former Chinese minister to Washington, Wu Ting Fang, writes in a book that Americans Seek Money Too Hard, Have Bad Clothes and Cooks, but on the Whole Are an Amazing People.




March 25
Shaw's Pygmalion debuts in NYC. In German.


March 27
Former President Taft loses 75 pounds, mostly by cutting out wheat.



April 1
Arthur Conan Doyle teases New Yorkers about their eagerness to follow every fashion trend.


April 2
Then: Plan to build the largest indoor swimming pool in the world
Now: City Beach NYC




April 19
Jacob Riis is seriously ill. He says to a friend, "Now that I have to fight for almost every breath of air, I am more thankful than ever that I have been instrumental in helping the children of the tenements to obtain fresh air."


April 20
The Exhibition of Bad Taste and Casket of Domestic Fine Arts opens. It's a show in which "the Modernists aim to spread the gospel of good taste in home decoration by negative examples." Things like a Venus de Milo with a clock in her stomach and other "horrors of domestic decoration."





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