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July 13: ON THIS DAY in 1948, Barkley picked for 2D spot

July 13, 2020 Brooklyn Eagle History

ON THIS DAY IN 1863, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “The subject of the draft is still the prevailing topic of conversation among all classes throughout the city, and although it does not appear to be taken by some of the most sanguine as a serious matter, there is still an uneasiness about the results amongst those who know themselves to be in the first class to be drawn. Excuses are abundant. There are but few who are not afflicted with some ailment which will incapacitate them from military service, but as this is a matter upon which the army surgeons are to decide, it will not be easy to successfully simulate disease, while those really exempt from bodily infirmities need entertain no fear whatever that they will be forced into the ranks. None but sound men will be taken. Those who have three hundred dollars to spare can exempt themselves by paying over the cash to the Collector of Internal Revenue of the District.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1875, the Eagle reported, “The Champion fire extinguisher and ladder were exhibited yesterday afternoon on the corner of Court and Montague streets, to his Honor Mayor Hunter … and a large number of Brooklyn officials. The ladder is an improvement upon the system of hook and ladders at present used by the Fire Department, in the particular that where, in one case only two ladders can be joined together. in the other as many as a half a dozen can be joined and be made to reach a distance of one hundred feet.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1901, the Eagle reported, “The Woman’s Branch of Brooklyn City Missions has started the latest movement to wipe out vice and immorality at Coney Island. The women declare that the conditions at Coney Island are frightful and that the resort fairly reeks with disorder, temptation and immorality and that a multitude of homes of respectable people have been ruined through the seductive temptations offered to the young people who visit the island.” 

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ON THIS DAY IN 1918, the Eagle reported, “AMSTERDAM — The illness which thousands of persons in German industrial districts are suffering, and which has been described as Spanish influenza, is really an illness due to hunger and consequent exhaustion, the Telegraff says it has learned. In various industrial towns in Westphalia and the Rhine provinces, the newspaper reports, many deaths are occurring daily and the hospitals are filled with patients suffering this malady. The German potato ration, the newspaper adds, has been reduced to between one and one-half to two kilograms weekly per person, and the new potato crop has not yet been distributed. As the result of the situation brought about by undernourishment and sickness, it is stated, various branches of German industry are being considerably hampered in their work.” 

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ON THIS DAY IN 1936, the Eagle reported, “Church leaders and laymen alike mourned the death of the Rev. Dr. S. Parkes Cadman, stressing his wide feeling for the masses, which made him turn to radio as a religious medium, and his contribution in promotion good fellowship between sects. The body of the man, who had the same sort of wide influence in Brooklyn and the outside world as Henry Ward Beecher exercised more than half a century ago, arrived this morning at 9 o’clock in Brooklyn and was taken to the Fairchild Sons Funeral Parlor, 89 Lefferts Place. Bishop Francis J. McConnell of the New York Methodist Conference will preside at funeral services to be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Central Congregational Church, of which Dr. Cadman was pastor.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1948, the Eagle reported, “PHILADELPHIA — Senator Alben W. Barkley, fiery 70-year-old orator, today was drafted by the Democratic Party’s high command to be President Truman’s running mate in November against the powerful Republican Dewey-Warren slate. The delegates to the 30th Democratic National Convention, it developed, will make the ticket official when they nominate the President and the Kentucky New Dealer on the first ballot tomorrow night. The boom for Senator Barkley reached its climax last night when he received a rousing ovation by the delegates on completion of his all-out keynote attack on the Republican controlled Congress. The speech sparked a spontaneous outpouring of Barkley sentiment that apparently met with immediate approval of the White House.”


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