July 22, 1906 (Sunday)
LOOKING UP IN NYC: Today's New York Times' picture section includes this series of drawings that show plans for some remarkable buildings in New York City. Clockwise from the left, the images show the proposed Singer Building, something called the West Street Building, The Trinity and United States Realty Buildings, Building Number 1 Wall Street and two pictures (inside and outside) of the City Investing Co. Building. The little feature includes some interesting facts. For example the rent on EACH FLOOR of the 1 Wall Street building is expected to be $5,000 PER YEAR! The 23-story West Street Building could cost $2 million to build.
SPREADING THE NEWS FAST IN ARGENTINA: I'm not sure any of those buildings will be as stunning as the building that houses La Prensa, (left) one of the great papers in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Today's Times has a little story about the tower on that building, which is crowned by a statue of a woman representing the Spirit of the Press. Evidently the tower has a 5,000 horse power steam-operated siren. Whenever there's a huge disaster or death of a head of state, the siren blasts. The sound can be heard throughout the city. In addition to running the siren, the operator drapes the young woman's torch with red velvet in the case of a catastrophe and with black cloth in the event of a death. The article says, "All this causes the most extraordinary sensation." As soon as someone is ordered to run the siren and drape the torch, another employee is given the equivalent of $200 and rushes off to the courts. That happens because the government levies a fine for such a blast -- $100 a minute, with a minimum charge of $200.
WIRELESS COMMUNICATION: Civil War veteran Levi Fox has long been a character in Syracuse. Before the war, he was a crewman on one of the last slave ships to come to the United States. After the war, he was on duty in the Dry Tortugas where he helped guard some of the people who helped John Wilkes Booth assassinate President Lincoln. He's in his 70s. A couple of weeks ago he left town without telling his family exactly where he was going. From New York, he sent a post card to his family telling them he was heading for Brazil. Shortly thereafter, a friend in town received a parrot in the mail. It opened its mouth and said "Fox is in Brazil.." The next message, sent to Fox's wife, also came in the form of a parrot. When she opened the package, it said, "Fox is coming soon." (This is how a cartoonist in The Post-Standard in Syracuse envisioned it in today's paper.) He has since arrived. The family is with him in Boston.