100 Years Ago

Sugar high

"In New York, a woman has been appointed a detective of the first class at a salary of $2,250 a year."

The irony with this news brief is that while this detective couldn't vote, the male alleged criminals she apprehended could. Women wouldn't get the vote in the United States for another eight years, not until 1920, when the 19th Amendment was ratified.


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"Seventy six women, mostly those of high social position are in the hospital of Cleveland, O. suffering from appendicitis."

Hmmm, contagious appendicitis, and exclusive to the upper class, that's one for the medical journal! I sure would like to know more about this one.

"A bill has been offered to Congress to put sugar on the free list, and to replace the revenue lost by this action creating an income tax of one percent on all persons and firms engaged in business, whose net income is over $5,000 a year."

One percent, what a hoot! Today the corporate tax is 35 percent and more. Small businesses are also in the line of fire because many of them use the personal income tax form, so even if they rake in over $250,000, that amount is before overhead such as employee salaries, rent, vehicles, supplies, etc. In either case, through the years, that 1912 sugar deal has soured a wee bit.

75 Years Ago

No dog days

In a Times Letter to the Editor by Edwin Warfield:

"Says Racketeering Would Follow Dog Racing In State: Edwin Warfield, Member of Racing Commission, Urges bill's Defeat In Legislature.

To: The Editor of The Ellicott City Times: Dear Sir:

The determined effort being made at the Legislature by a politically powerful group to legalize dog racing in Maryland is a matter of very great interest to the people of our county and State.

As a member of the Maryland Racing Commission, I have been in a position to give this question careful study and consideration and as a guest of the Florida Racing Commission, I have also visited the Florida Dog Tracks and rather carefully studied their operation. ...

Consider the differences: The advocates for legalizing dog racing state that they see no reason to draw a distinction between dog racing and horse racing. They claim that they both involve the betting by the public of considerable sums of money and both would contribute large amounts to the State in taxes. Let us therefore consider some important points of difference between dog and horse racing which have a very decided bearing on the question of whether or not dog racing should be legalized in this state.

Horse racing in Maryland has a long tradition back of it, dating from the first importation of thoroughbred horses into this country by one of our Colonial governors. George Washington in his diary mentions having attended the races at Annapolis. Horse racing in our State is intimately related to horse breeding and so will agriculture, and so with country life in Maryland.

In recent years, many farms representing in the aggregate a very large investment have been developed for horse breeding.

Dog Racing Parasitic: Dog racing on the other hand is a parasitic sport. The dogs would not be bred in Maryland and the owners of the tracks would not be Marylanders. It is a traveling enterprise that would take three or four dollars away from the State to everyone it puts into the public treasure. ... ."

One note about George Washington's diaries that Warfield mentions is that though Washington's entries were short, they read like a Who's Who of the early years of the United States. You can't help noticing how social these people were. It seemed all the glitterati of Early America stopped in at George and Martha's place. Mt. Vernon should have had a revolving door.

50 Years Ago

Victory for Howard

"Howard Lions Beat Owls, Lose to Eagles 47-51: Howard's basketball squad marched home from the district three semi-finals at Westminster with a 49-44 victory over Westminster High. The Lions smashed the Westminster five 17-8 in the first quarter. In the second quarter the Owls racked up 18 points bringing the half-time score to 25-26deadlock.

Howard's offense tacked 23 points to their score, while Lion defense held Westminster to 18 points, giving Howard the game at the final whistle. High man for Howard were Bruce Ash who paced 14 points an Davie Poist who racked up 10 points. ... ."