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February 4: ON THIS DAY in 1924, Woodrow Wilson to be buried

February 4, 2019 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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ON THIS DAY IN 1848, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “We understand that a troupe of so called ‘model artists’ intend giving a few exhibitions in this city. We trust the authorities will, if they have the power, prevent any such disgraceful show within the limits of Brooklyn. Dr. Collyer, who first introduced this class of entertainments in New York, was comparatively chaste in his exhibitions, but the success which followed his experiment has brought out others much less scrupulous. ‘Model artists’ are now to be seen in almost every filthy groggery of our sister city.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1906, the Eagle reported, “Willemstad, Island of Curacao, Feb. 3 — Passengers of the Red D Line steamer Philadelphia, from New York Jan. 20 and La Guaira, Venezuela, which arrived here today from the latter port, report that President [Cipriano] Castro is making every possible war preparation. They add that orders have been issued to fire on the first French war vessel sighted cruising in Venezuelan waters. Castro, it is asserted, regards the whole French movement as a ‘bluff,’ and says he ‘will not be bluffed’ and will retaliate by prohibiting the importation of French goods into Venezuela.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1913, the Eagle reported, “Classes in eugenics for the young men and women, with prominent physicians as instructors, weekly dancing classes, billiard and pool tables, and bowling alleys are to be a prominent part of the equipment of the Flatbush Congregational Church, according to a progressive programme outlined by the pastor, the Rev. Lewis T. Reed, and adopted at a meeting of about 250 members of the church held last night. There was some surprise and considerable opposition manifested by the more conservative members, but the progressives were too strong, and they carried their point in upholding the pastor in his advanced ideas. “

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ON THIS DAY IN 1924, the Eagle reported, “In every nook and corner of New York City today is felt the blow that has removed from life the man who led America in the war of the ages. Wednesday, which has been set aside as the day of Woodrow Wilson’s funeral, will be observed generally as a day of reverence. The schools are planning to close; courts, state, federal and city offices, as well as many department stores and other industrial concerns, will also observe the day, the whole city being united in its preparations to make Wednesday the solemn occasion for a huge tribute of appreciation. Churches and parochial schools will join in the general occasion of sorrow, each hour bringing a new announcement of the exercises to be held. A deluge of eulogy accompanies the news of events and from every home and busy mart is heard the breath of prayer for him who is departed.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1933, the Eagle reported “Chicago, Feb. 4 — Sears Roebuck’s January sales reflected no major shift in the trend of the retail trade. They showed the usual large seasonal decline from the December period and the percentage decrease from a year ago continued about the same. Low farm prices and city unemployment continued to sum up the underlying situation. The company continues, however, to make a better relative sales showing than retail trade generally, that is its store sales show less than the average decreases … Sears continues to economize in many ways that formerly would not have been considered necessary. The mail order division and the executive offices are still closed on Saturdays and this year the annual report will be somewhat later than usual as reports will be sent in by mail and auditors will not be asked to work overtime.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1945, the Eagle reported, “Washington, Feb. 3 (U.P.) — The Commerce Department reported tonight that the national birthrate, which rose 30 percent above prewar levels in the year after Pearl Harbor, is declining and will continue declining until the end of hostilities precipitates another baby boom. The department’s Census Bureau reported 9,000,000 births during the past three years.”


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