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Archive for Friday, March 25, 2011

100 years ago: New game law affects local hunters

March 25, 2011

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Mar. 25, 1911:

  • "'Any man who will strike his wife has no manly principles,' said Judge Menger in summing up the evidence in the Henry Parsons assault case. 'In my opinion the lowest thing a man can do is to beat a woman. I will therefore fine the defendant $100 and costs.' The Parsons case lasted till 11:30 this morning, and was aired before a large and select crowd of the curious."
  • "The hunters had better hang up their shotguns, lay aside their ammunition and go to studying law. For the new state game law has passed the legislature and will be in effect in a few days. The new game law makes a lot of changes, alters the open season considerably, and adds a lot of forbidden classes of game that the hunter must not kill. The fee for game licenses is the same as before, $1 for resident hunters and $15 for non-residents."
  • "Charles J. Achning is arranging to take down the old wooden awning that has been in front of his store for many years. This is one of the last to go and will be replaced with a modern front."

Comments

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 9 months ago

This is also the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in NYC. 146 people, mostly young women and girls, died in the fire in the sweatshop where they worked because the owners had locked them in, and otherwise neglected basic safety procedures. This horror of this disaster led to reforms in how governments inspect factories, and strengthened the union movement.

But the owners of the factory actually made money on this crime against humanity. The Koch brothers and the Republican Party would dearly love a return to the good ole days in which business owners could get away with such criminality with complete impunity.

Sarah St. John 3 years, 9 months ago

"This is also the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in NYC."

Yes indeed. I thought of that when I was writing this up, but of course with the state of the news media 100 years ago, and the fact that there was no Sunday paper back then (and I think the fire was on a Saturday), there isn't really anything in there until the 27th or 28th. I did mention it -- I think it will be in on Sunday or Monday. A terrible tragedy, the worse for having been avoidable.

I also remember a sad case around the same time (but I can't remember the city) in which a great many workers and their children were attending a work-sponsored Christmas party at a worksite, and many were crushed and/or suffocated in the rush to the stairwell -- does this ring a bell with you? Not as famous as the Triangle fire but I remember reading about it in a history publication.

Too many preventable tragedies in that time, I'm afraid, and very often for the same reasons. Thank goodness that worker safety and building codes have improved a great deal over time.

Thank you for reading and for your comments.

Sarah St. John OHT

Kontum1972 3 years, 9 months ago

what is shirt waist...?

Triangle fire...hmmm..is that anything like the eternal delta?

Sarah St. John 3 years, 9 months ago

Hi Kontum,

A shirtwaist (or just "waist" for short) is what they used to call the top part of a women's dress -- the bodice. Back in those days, the shirtwaist and the skirt were separate (as they still very often are on some women's outfits) instead of the dress being all one piece. In a shirtwaist factory such as that of the Triangle company, the workers (mostly young immigrant women) would have been employed for many hours a day, probably six days a week, cutting out material and sewing it together in an assembly-line fashion.

The fire itself you can read about here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triangle... and here: http://www.dnainfo.com/20110325/greenwich-village-soho/triangle-shirtwaist-fire-remembered-after-100-years

Please note that escape from the fire was impossible due to the fact that management had locked the one fire-escape door (because they were afraid of women stealing the cloth) and many of the women who died that day had jumped out of the window (tenth floor).

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