100 Years Ago in Warren: Beulah can read your mind


Taken from the pages of the Warren and Barrington Gazette this week in February 1913:

Rascals broke in

Some time last night, the Joyce street school house was broken into and ransacked from top to bottom. It presented a mussed up condition when seen this morning. The building was not locked up until 7 o'clock last night and it is barely possible that whoever did the job secreted themselves in the building.  The upper reception room was evidently made a banquet ball, for here the rascals brought the oranges, crackers, candy and other eatables taken from the desks and closets and made their feast. Procuring a small screw driver from Mrs. Cole's room, they pried open desks, closets, etc., and gouged out varnish and paint regardless. Several of the teachers had small sums of money in their desks, this was taken, silver and pennies. Miss Kemp's room had no evidence of being disturbed. Miss Allin's had desk forced open and closets locked and keys taken. Miss Emily Collins lost money, while her sister, Miss Annie, lost money and an umbrella. A pair of scissors was missing from Miss Baker's room. Miss Quirk's desk was stirred up and hanging in her closet was a wet towel brought form some other room. Miss Leahy lost a knife, candy, and keys, besides having her desk in a state of confusion. In Miss Ward's room the visitors evidently did not like the looks of things so they rearranged some of the pictures, fixed erasers and crayons and put other things to right. It was the work of big boys. Tobacco juice was upon the floors and in the hand basins. Tin boxes were thrown on top of the cupboards. Desks were scratched and marred by some sharp instrument. The floors were covered with litter in some places; orange peel, crumbs, paper being scattered here and there.

Grand Opening sale

The following are prices listed for the Grand Opening sale at Bander's New Store, next to the Bijoy Theatre, Main Street, set to open Friday, Feb. 28, 1913:

* Men's cotton worsted pants, guaranteed not to rip: 98C

* Children's Russian Blouse suits: $1.48

* Shoes at 75c, $1.00, $1.25 and $1.50 for father, mother and children, not forgetting Grampa and Grandma.

* The latest Lamson and Hubbard Derby Hat: $2.98

* A line of ladies' silk hose from 48c to $1.48.

* Empire shirts at 48c.

Times have changed

The school committee of the town has asked for $23,000 for the use of the public schools the coming year. Give it to them, gentlemen, give it to them, and remember what Benjamin Franklin said — that "an investment in knowledge always pays the best interest."

Licensed to milk

Have you received your milk license yet? If you haven't, don't be surprised if the milk inspector is waiting outside of your door some morning when you get ready to milk, or when you are about to dispense the lacteal fluid.  The milk license is as indispensible as the can you sell it  from. A few of the dealers whave remembered to go to the town hall and take out a new permit to sell, but more have "disremembered." We are not aware what effect the license has on the milk, whether it keeps it from souring or makes it more creamy, but it has to be, so don't forget to pay your 25 cent piece again.

Play ball!

It is not so very far off to the beginning of the base ball season; and already the fans are looking around to see what material there is left over from last year, and what, if any, new stock is available. Warren has seen some pretty good ball in the days gone by, both amateur and semi-professional; and once in a while it came pretty near the professional mark. The old "Piggery" has witnessed many a battle royal, where the keenest rivalry was in evidence. On the other hand there have been some games that reminded one of a kindergarten and a yarn ball. Some years crowds have been attracted by the contests; and other, there were scarcely enough spectators to fill the "mourners bench" at a camp meeting. All sorts of schemes have been tried for drawing people to the show. None of them, however, have amounted to much save those that have advertised the fact, that there had been, was at the time, and were expected to be ball games  where the game was played for all there was in it and there was a good lot of sharp competition between individual players. Warren is capable of putting an able team into the field and is big and competent enough to support it. There isn't any doubt but what sufficient patronage can be secured to back up any kind of a first class team. But the people want two things; they demand them. (1). A team that can play ball, where in no man is so cocksure of his place that he considers that he holds a first mortgage on it, over all comers. (2). A team that can play ball, which is either in a class of the same comparative merits, or else is a free lance open to all comers.

Beulah has talent

Professor Hugo Munsterberg, head of the Harvard department of psychology; Professor James Hyslop of Columbia, who is the president of the American Society for Psychical Research, and other experts recently visited Beulah Mille, the ten-year-old girl of Warren, whose remarkable powers of mind-reading have startled scientists. Dr. Henry W. Hopkins, who assisted in the tests, makes an affidavit as follows: "I began the test by turning the stone of my ring inside my hand, putting my hand in my pocket. When Beulah came in from another room I asked her what I had in my left hand. She readily said, 'A diamond.' I then put my hand in my right pocket and asked her what I had in my right hand. She said, 'Purse,' which was correct. I took a coin in my right hand while it was still in my pocket and said, 'Beulah, what have I in my right hand now? She said, 'Quarter.' I said, 'Now, Beulah, if you will tell me the figures on the coin it is yours.' She answered 1-9-0-8, and the quarter was hers. I then opened the case of my watch and looked at the number of the movement, closed the case and put the watch back in my pocket. I asked Beulah if she could tell me the number of the watch movement. She said, 5-8-4-9-8-4. These were the actual figures.





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