Tuesday, February 24, 2009
In the News
In my city on February 23, 1909, the newspaper reported:
- "On last Tuesday afternoon, Dr. J. P. Killian performed an operation on Mr. G. H. Park, removing a portion of the big toe. Only cocaine was used as an anaesthetic, and the operation was done without any pain whatever to the patient."
- "There are 105 automobiles in this city, but Chief Dyer has issued only 52 permits so far."
- "The police are on the lookout every day in the week for those who persist in swearing and expectorating on the streets."
Well, now. A hundred years ago, one could apparently get patients high and cut off their toes, but driving without a license was dicey and spitting and cussing on the street could get your mug shot hung in the Post Office. I'm glad there were no cops around a while back when I stumbled on a crack in the sidewalk and swore. At least, I didn't spit. I don't think public spitting will earn you a trip to the hoosegow these days, anyway. I know for sure public cussing won't. I hear language out of kids every day that makes my hair curl -- and I thought I knew all the good swear words.