The Marathon Musician

Do you remember last year’s epic story about our friend James Waterbury, the champion piano torturer? It turns out there’s a spinoff starring one of his chief adversaries, Charles Wright: After practicing on a piano for twenty-seven consecutive hours, a Michigan near-Paderewski was removed to a sanatorium, and will probably die. What happened to the Read More

Clip of the Week: December 14, 2022

A peculiarity about holiday shopping is that a good part of it is always put off until the day or two before Christmas or even till Christmas eve, when there is a grand rush on the stores, and everything is sold and bought in confusion. – The Morning News, December 15, 1895 If you, like Read More

Clip of the Week: November 2, 2022

And you thought your family was weird: A Colorado man married his deceased wife’s mother and a New Jersey man has married his grandfather’s widow. England can’t beat that. – The Bryan Morning Eagle, October 15, 1907 They aren’t the only ones in need of a matrimonial agency: . . . As well as a Read More

Clip of the Week: October 5, 2022

This is the news we need right now: A kitty, a little puppy and a baby fox are all being mothered by this big, kind, short-haired dog! Usually a kitten just hates a dog; shows her claws and puts up her back when her natural enemy comes near her. And a fox is the natural Read More

Clip of the Week: September 7, 2022

Ladies, pull out your wallets: Why should any woman be without a husband when by the expenditure of a small amount of money she can be put in the way of having one or many? At least the experience of a Chicago woman goes to show that potential husbands are waiting on every other corner Read More

Clip of the Week: August 24, 2022

I’m a pro at overthinking, but this person takes the cake: The Americans have a polite habit on being presented to a new acquaintance of uttering the words, “Pleased to meet you,” although upon what the pleasure can rest, or how they know that it is a pleasure, or why an ordinary incident which is Read More

Clip of the Week: July 27, 2022

That’s one way to make sure you’re not late for work. Fred L. Werley took alarm clock to bed, so he could stop ring without getting up. Clock’s revolving key caught collar of silk pajamas and nearly choked him. – The Day Book, January 25, 1917 Fred should’ve used a knee watch—that way, he’d have Read More

Clip of the Week: June 15, 2022

Today’s lesson: You catch more flies with honey than vinegar, even if those flies are stealing the honeypot. Leopold Karlsberg was held up in the hallway of his home at 5030 Woodlawn avenue late Saturday and was robbed of $150, his keyring and some documents. Last night he received a telephone call from one of Read More

Clip of the Week: May 18, 2022

A burn worthy of Madame Palatine: Some of the papers are chiding the Clarion-Ledger for plagiarism. That is nothing new, but these papers are a long time finding it out. The Clarion-Ledger would purloin a whole chapter from the bible if it thought it could palm it off on the public as original. – The Read More

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