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From our archives: Words flew, the day the front page was ‘pied’

What we thought: 100 years ago

Published: Monday, Nov. 4, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT
Caption
(U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)
A century ago, local hunters were advised by the Telegraph of "an exceptionally large number [of prairie chickens] in this section of the country." Hunters were encouraged to get out and bag the birds during hunting season from Nov. 11 to 25.

Note to readers – Sauk Valley Media reprints editorials from the past as a regular Monday feature. The following editorials appeared in the Telegraph on Nov. 4 and 5, 1913.

Why paper is late

Just as we were about to go to press and the forms were being carried press-ward, our front page, the pride of every paper, met with a sad mishap.

To the initiated ones, we shall say that the first page was “pied.”

To others, we merely say there was a mistake about the locking up, and the contents of the form fell out, hopelessly mixed up.

Gone are the labors of a day. Dispatches, good news stories, scoops, etc. Hence our belated appearance and our patched appearance on the front page. – Nov. 4, 1913

And the words flew

Some good dictionary compiler should have been in this office yesterday afternoon when the front page was “pied.” He would have heard some language he never did before, and probably would have had one heluva time in finding it in any lexicon that was ever published.

But one thing is sure, the listener would have had no trouble in ascertaining the meaning of what was heard.

The mess of type, leads and slugs resembled in many respects that famous pile of wire – and for printing purposes last night, was just about as useful.

But the pied mess was cleaned up and saved for future use a whole lot quicker than any change you ever noticed – or ever will notice – in the aforesaid wire pile. – Nov. 5, 1913

Chicken hunt

Hunters are preparing for an onslaught on the much-coveted prairie chickens, of which there are reported to be an exceptionally large number in this section of the country. The season for hunting the game will open next Tuesday, Nov. 11th, and will continue until Tuesday, Nov. 25th.

Those who have been out for other game state that large coveys of the prairie chickens are to be found in this vicinity, and as a result, when the season for hunting them opens, every hunter will make an early effort to get some of the birds. – Nov. 5, 1913

Many women

voted Tuesday

First opportunity

to vote on the

saloon question

Women swarmed to the polls on Tuesday in 25 Illinois towns and, with few exceptions, dealt savagely with the liquor interests.

It was their first opportunity to vote directly on the saloon question under the local option law, as permitted by the statutory suffrage act passed by the last General Assembly.

Incomplete returns from the territory affected, which is chiefly in the river counties in the extreme southern part of the state, show that the women were ready to vote, and they were against the saloon in the ratio of about four to one.  – Nov. 5, 1913

Fewer kicked

the bucket

Salesmen for undertakers’ supply houses who have visited Dixon recently report that the extraordinary low death rate which existed about Dixon this summer was general all over the country, the summer being one of the quietest in the history of the manufacturers’ business.

Normal weather conditions are believed to have been the reason for the low death rate, which was decidedly below the average. – Nov. 5, 1913

Change name?

We note, after reading the Sterling Gazette, in which the words “Sterling and Rock Falls” are used whenever either city is spoken of, that Sterling and Rock Falls are as one – which we might believe if we weren’t acquainted with conditions there.

The Gazette should change its name and become “The Sterling and Rock Falls Evening Gazette.” – Nov. 5, 1913

At the movies

Family Theatre – The Family will offer a two-reel film this evening called “The Feudists,” featuring John Bunny and Flora Finch. The story deals with two families living side by side at war with each other. A swarm of bees and the engagement of their children put an end to their hostilities. The other picture is “The Sweat Box,” a comedy.

Princess Theatre – Friday night, the Princess will show a special feature titled “The Land of Dead Things,” in two reels. This is a story of the Far West, showing a devastating sandstorm on the desert in which an emigrant train becomes lost and one family is left in the desert, the mother and little girl are captured by Indians, and the father goes to rescue them. Also showing a hand-to-hand struggle between the Indians and settlers, and closing with a battle to death between the U.S. troops and Sioux Indians. – Nov. 5, 1913

In memoriam

Once more, the excellent marksmanship of Utility Officer Peter Duffy has been demonstrated, according to reports which are being circulated around the city hall.

It is said that one day last week, Mr. Duffy was called upon to shoot a dog. He responded to the call and commenced shooting. After 11 shots – which were all he had with him – he sent one of the firemen for more ammunition with the admonition to “Hurry, I’ve got him crippled now so he can’t get away.”

The dog finally died, but whether from the effects of the bullets or from exceeding and great mirth is not known. – Nov. 5, 1913

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