Suffragettes smash windows
Emmeline Pankhurst, Frederick Pethick-Lawrence and Emmaline Pethick-Lawrence, leaders of the militant suffragettes, were found guilty at a trial conducted in the Old Bailey Central Criminal Court in London, England, for conspiracy and sentenced to nine months in jail without hard labor. Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence are the editors of Votes for Women and were charged with conspiracy and leading their followers in a window-smashing campaign. The Woman’s Social and Political Union withdrew their support of the prisoners.
The Old Bailey was crowded with spectators who were looking for excitement and they were not disappointed as Mrs. Pankhurst kept the courtroom in an uproar by loudly arguing with and interrupting the judge.
(Note: In 1776, the U.S. declared that “all men are created equal,” but apparently they weren’t weren’t talking about women, Native Americans and African-Americans. In the late 1800s and at the turn of the 20th century, women all over the United Kingdom and U.S. were fighting — and some even going to jail — for the simple right to cast a vote in a federal election.
In 1914, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn wrote about America, “It’s a rich, fertile, beautiful country, capable of satisfying all the needs of its people. It could be a paradise on earth if it belonged to the people, not to a small owning (governing) class.”
In 1918, at the end of World War I, American women “won” their battle, but this only applied to mature females over 30 years of age. Suffrage was a hot topic and it was not until 1929 that women over 21 years of age achieved the right to vote in England. Even then, it was a common belief that women were only to be permitted to vote as their husbands and fathers instructed them — and the true expression of political opinion should only be kept in the hands of men.
Suffragette Emmeline Goulden Pankhurst was repeatedly arrested and imprisoned in 1912 though 1913. She died in London in 1928 at the age of 70 and did not live until 1929 to see the law changed — a completion of her life’s dream. She was nationally revered at the time of her death.
Wright biplane crashes
Lieutenant Leighton Hazelhurst, an army aviator and Al Welsh, a professional flier, were dashed to instant death at Collage Park, Md. The Wright biplane which they were testing had risen about 30 feet and was going at a speed of about 50 miles an hour when it suddenly pitched forward. When the spectators reached the scene of the accident it was found that both men were dead. Lieutenant Hazelhurst’s neck was broken and Welsh’s skull was crushed. The flying machine was badly shattered.
The cause of the accident is unknown, though it is believed that some of the support wires on the aeroplane snapped suddenly and caused it to plunge forward. Immediately following the accident the flyers were placed in an automobile and rushed to Walter Reed General Hospital, but death had been immediate. (Note: The Wright flying machine, after being subjected to tests at Ft. Myer, Va., had been accepted Aug. 2, 1909 by the U.S. Army.)
Gala banquet at Leland House
The Leland House at Schroon Lake, famous for many years as one of the leading summer resorts of the Adirondacks, has been the scene of many brilliant gatherings, but never has there been a more distinguished body of business and professional people as was entertained the nights of June 1 and 2, 1912, at a house party given by Hon. Lewis W. Emerson for his twenty distinguished guests.
The party, which consisted of friends and associates in the directorate of the Troy bank, made the trip to Schroon Lake in automobiles driven over the Great International Highway, now in progress of construction, which has been only possible because of the efforts of Mr. Emerson’s brother and partner in the hotel, Sen. James A. Emerson of Warrensburgh. The party stopped at the new Fort William Henry Hotel in Lake George, for luncheon.
The Leland House banquet was served in the hotel dining room and the guests partook of the delicious viands overseen by Mr. Emerson’s friend, hotelman Albert Thierot of New York and Chestertown. The dining room was lavishly decorated with flowers and plants from the greenhouse of Sheridan E. Prosser of Warrensburgh.
The meal began with hors d’oeuvres of Russian caviar on toast. The three main entrees consisted of fried local black trout, chicken and spring lamb with mint sauce and numerous spring vegetables which were served with Chambertain 1900. The pates au sweetbreads was served with Chateau Lafite 1902. Dozens of other delicacies and desserts, to many to mention, were presented and the meal ended with Brie and Roquefort cheese with guava jelly and champagne, “segars,” cigarettes and Pall Malls.
Each guest was presented a silver lead pencil bearing the recipient’s name and the date of the banquet. (Note: I think we can truly recall this era as “The days of wine and roses,” which will never come again in our time. On Halloween night, Oct. 31, 1914, someone tossed a cigar into the dry leaves near the Leland House’s east cottage which set a fire that destroyed the beautiful big hotel. St. Andrew’s Church burned as well.)
Doctor delivers bad news
Mrs. Clayton Weller received the terrible news that she would have to give up smoking and chewing in order to recover her health. Riverbank is slowly forging ahead in the meantime. It boasts one post office, one meat market and now a store on wheels driven by Clayton Weller who has purchased a brand new brown suit for the occasion.
The black bass season for 1912 opened in New York State waters Monday, June 17, 1912. Ten cans of small trout were sent to Stony Creek recently from the fish hatchery at Fulton Chain and were placed in the streams thereabouts.
The Hon. Lewis W. Emerson is headed for Chicago as a New York State delegate to the Republican National Convention.
Mason Lackey of Bartonville, Horicon, has a new Ford automobile. Frank Parker also has a new car, a Packard. The Philatheas organization thank Fred H. Duell of South Horicon who kindly donated his automobile for the benefit of the school children to have a delightful ride along the shore of Brant Lake.
Miss H.M. Warner is building a new cottage in Pottersville. Erwin Tripp has gone to the North Woods Club, Minerva, where he will be employed during the summer. C.W. Smith is employed at Pottersville, helping to build a new horse shed for the Wesleyan Methodist Church.
Percy Bruce of Adirondack, has purchased a barn of Leonard Matteson and moved it to his farm known as the Peck place. A son was born on May 20, 1912 to Mrs. Grover Smith.
On June 2, 1912, Miss Margaret Breen of Wevertown married John Grennell of Northville, and the couple will reside there.
George Pratt and Miss Mayme Jones, both of Warrensburgh, were married by the Rev. H.F. Titus on Saturday, June 15, 1912 in their newly furnished home in Lewisville (River St.) where they at once settled down to the pleasant business of housekeeping. Attendants were Ralph Jones and Miss Nellie Searles. Mr. Pratt is bookkeeper for the Schroon River Pulp and Paper Co. in Burnhamville, Warrensburgh.
John Duane of Cohoes, who is employed in Sturdevan’s Bakery, spent the weekend in Albany and incidentally took unto himself a wife, much to the surprise of his Warrensburgh friends. He returned to work on Monday morning leaving his bride in the capital city. (Note: Sturdevan’s Bakery is now Riverside Gallery,)
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