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    100 Years Ago Today - January 17, 1913

    Geo Beats

    by Geo Beats

    Learn about what happened 100 years ago today on January 17, 1913.

    What was the world like in 1913? Hi this is Matt and here are 5 New York Times headlines from January 17th, 1913.

    Number 5 - In 1913, immigration issues were quite different. A new bill was introduced aimed at simplifying requirements. For instance, immigrants did not have to take a written test. They still had to speak in their own language but wives and widows were excluded. If a steamship company brought ineligible immigrants, they had to pay a $200 fine.

    Number 4 - Mr. Hitchcock, Washington DC's postmaster general had to deal with an inquiry regarding mailing a baby. The shipper asked, in all seriousness,
    Sir: I have been corresponding with a party in Pennsylvania about getting a baby. May I ask you what specifications to use in wrapping so baby would comply with regulations and be allowed shipment by parcel post as the express company are too rough in handling.

    Number 3 - Online shopping is in these days. But a hundred years ago, telephone shopping was the in thing. As the ad said, telephone shopping is convenient and satisfactory and implored you to order your supplies by telephone.

    Number 2 - New York Police Detectives faced a big problem. They had recovered a bag with 22 pigeons from two boys in Brooklyn. Now, they had to find their rightful owner. Detective Fay came up with a clever idea. He realized they were homing pigeons and let go off one pigeon with a note attached. Within an hour, Albert Lewis, who lived half a mile away came to recover his other 21 pigeons - as the first pigeon had no trouble finding his home.

    Number 1 - A lottery drawing covered by the New York Times in a prior day story was still making news. The winner was sadly yet to be found. A real possibility, as citied in the report, was that the individual may have been a passenger on Titanic and the winning ticket was lost forever.