The Healer and the Pirate

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Friday, September 23, 2011

The St. Joseph Observer - Saturday, September 24, 1921

Wow; I guess occasionally newspapers will still use Biblical references to draw attention (like maybe "Two by two" or "He was not his brother's keeper, dun dun dun"). But a reference to Romans 3:23? Really?

But They Might As Well Be In Many of the Cases That are Brought Up
For the Guilty Get All That Is Due Them When They Face Judge Van Valkenburgh

"The prohibitory law is on the statute books. It was put there to be observed and respected and it will be as long as I have the power to administer the law," said federal judge Van Valkenburgh on Wednesday morning when he opened court and faced what one of the attorneys facetiously remarked "looked like a bootleggers' convention," for never in the history of the city has there been so many liquor violation cases before a court of any kind. "With this statement no liquor violator will disagree for the judge kept his word--and in full effect and force--as all who qualified before him as a violator found out. There was practically no mercy shown and excuses of attorneys fell like rain on a duck's back--so to speak--for they just ran off--and the learned judge did the rest. The United States would soon be able to pay off its war indebtedness if Judge Van Valkenburg could keep up his liquor fine record.

And then he did more--for he not only fined but he imposed jail sentences as well--and he did not respect anyone, as take it for instance in the case of Chris Otten, the well known hotel man, who on pleading guilty to violating toe prohibitory law was sentenced to sixty days in jail and to pay the costs in addition. His two employees, Fred Sillman and Earl Roylston, in the Hotel Otten who also plead guilty, were fined $250 and costs each…

--The St. Joseph Observer, Saturday, September 24, 1921

Page 1 also had a rather graphic description of a murder of an "aged Negro" "for money."

It Will Not Prove the Boon to the Country Dealer As It was Painted.

Grain dealers along with handlers of cotton and other farm products are already hearing more and more about the new War Finance Corporation credit activities in behalf of farmers. Congress lately enacted a law which provides for the extension of $1,000,000,000 in credit to assist in the sale of farm products for export. The War Finance Corporation is the agency designated to handle this money and distribute it.

Of course, exaggerations of what the law will accomplish already are heard. But the country grain dealer and the terminal operator will not find it the boon that some of the politicians are attempting to picture it in their eagerness to win public favor…

--The St. Joseph Observer, Saturday, September 24, 1921

Even though this is a utility ad, it looks like a modern house ad in a way, using small children (dressed as adults?!) to try to inspire people to buy a home for their family... Note the slam on the artist. Did they use clip art? LOL

--The St. Joseph Observer, Saturday, September 24, 1921

And this is solely for the fabric loves and seamstresses/tailors out there...back in the "old days" people had to draft their own patterns, I believe based on instructions and measurements (or before the days of books, talent and guesswork!). McCall's is bragging that their patterns are printed, presumably like patterns of today, where you just cut out the pieces, pin them to the fabric, and cut.

For instance, there are newer ways to give smartness to frocks you make, the low waistline, the longer skirt and the graceful wide sleeve--every last fashion feature is to be found in these newly arrived "Printed" Patterns of McCall's.

All New McCall Patterns Now "Printed"

--The St. Joseph Observer, Saturday, September 24, 1921

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