June 27, 1907 (Wednesday)
AN IMMIGRATION MOMENT: SPEAKER SPOTS A GIRL KISSING THE FLAG: Joseph Krauskopf (shown) told the New York Times that he saw something that really impressed him at a graduation yesterday at the Baron de Hirsch School [the Times spells it Hersch.] in Manhattan. The ceremony yesterday morning was for a class of 48 children who have been in this country about half a year. During the six months, they have mastered the English language and are ready to transfer to the city's public schools. Here's what Dr. Krauskopf said, according to the Times:
I have been to many graduations. A number of them have been my own, but I have never been so much touched as by this. As the procession was marching into the room today I saw one girl, who was standing beside another carrying a flag, stoop, take one corner of it in her hands and kiss it. I never saw anything like it. The children here have learned to value the flag as highly as the pious Jew does his Torah. I SHOULD HAVE LIKED THE PEOPLE AT WASHINGTON, WHO ARE WORKING SO HARD TO RESTRICT IMMIGRATION, TO HAVE SEEN THAT.
FEMALE BUFFALOS PROTECT ABANDONED BABY AT THE BRONX ZOO: The keeper of the buffaloes at the Bronx Zoological Gardens (shown here about 1910), Henry Reinmeisen, says he is prepared to swear to something he witnessed yesterday morning. While making his rounds, he noticed a number of the female buffalos standing up to Rocco, their bullish lord and master buffalo. Inside the cage, Rocco kept trying to get past the females, and each time he tried, they snorted and stamped their feet and kept him at bay.
The keeper took a closer look and noticed a white bundle on the ground between the females and the fence. As he looked closer, he noticed that a human baby was wrapped in the bundle. He plucked it from the cage and ran it to the administration building. Soon, people from the Fordham Hospital arrived. One of the nurses, Miss Elizabeth McKinnen, recognized the child as one who had been born at the hospital a month ago. The clothing resembles hospital-issue garb. A doctor at the hospital is "pretty sure" he knows the identity of the mother. The article says, "It is quite certain that the infant was deliberately abandoned in the Zoological Gardens."