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Wednesday Miscellany: Congressional courtesy, $100 apartments, and other bygone notions

I’ve been neglecting the New York Times lately. Here are some recent snippets.

With four special elections in New York, control of the House of Representatives, held by the Democrats in coalition with some small parties, was on a knife-edge. The result? A Democratic sweep, and courtesy all around.

Paragraph from New York Times about congressional balance of power, March 6, 1918.

New York Times, March 6, 1918

A defeated Republican candidate’s gracious response:

New York Times article quoting a defeated Republican candidate saying "I was beaten by a better man," 1918.

New York Times, March 6, 1918

Sigh…

This was the first time women in New York were able to vote. They did so in large numbers and–good news!–did not get up to all kinds of silly nonsense.

New York Times editorial discussing how New York women voted, March 1918.

New York Times, March 7, 1918

Now for some fact checking. John Francis Hylan, the Tammany mayor of New York, has told a story about a kind man on the shore at Palm Beach rescuing a toad that was being eaten by a jellyfish. Dubitation ensues.

New York Times editorial discussing dubitation over a story the mayor told, March 1918.

New York Times, March 6, 1918

On to the classified ads. Hey, I want one of those too!

New York Times ad for a three-bedroom furnished apartment, $100 a month, March 1918.

New York Times, March 6, 1918

Now that you’re caught up on the news, it’s time to party! Make a momentous decision on what to wear,

B. Altman ad, The Question of Spring Clothes, March 1918.

New York Times, March 3, 1918

put on your favorite hat,

Hat ad, New York Times, March 1918.

New York Times, March 3, 1918

and head on out to the the hottest joint in town!

Churchill's Restaurant ad, New York Times, 1918.

New York Times, March 3, 1918

(These articles were accessed at https://timesmachine.nytimes.com/browser. I make fun of the Times a lot, but I’m very grateful for this valuable resource.)