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    100 Years Ago Today - February 26, 1913

    Geo Beats

    by Geo Beats

    Here are 5 news stories from around the world 100 years ago.

    What was happening in the world one hundred years ago? Hi this is Matt and here are 5 New York Times headlines from February 26th, 1913.

    Number 5 – A French airman ventured from Paris to London in three hours and five minutes in a monoplane breaking the previous record times. The total distance was 287 miles. Remarkable for that time, even though today it'd take about half an hour.

    Number 4 – Postal workers had some good news. The Senate voted in favor of increasing postal clerks’ and mail carriers’ yearly wages from $720 to $800. A senator in favor of the wage increase admitted that the average American laborer did not need more than $500 a year, but claimed government employees must adhere to appearances, which equaled a pay increase.

    Number 3 – Smith Gray and Company advertised a sale of suits. 795 men’s suits that were previously priced from $22.50 to $35 were reduced to $19.50. Oh, by the way, finest knitted silk scarves were now available for 65 cents.

    Number 2 – Edison was at it again, showing off his latest and greatest gadgets. This time, the magical wireless "talk" to Edison. Mr. Brown of the New York Central & Hudson River Railroad described the experience as "I talked to him by tapping or rather pressing his shoulder, using the Morse code, while Mr. Edison answered by word of mouth".

    Number 1 – A road accident gives us a glimpse into life back then. A female servant, as called back then, Margaret Fitzpatrick died in the hospital after sustaining injuries in an automobile accident. Margaret had been traveling to church with other servants when the car went around a corner too fast. She was thrown against the door, which opened and she fell to the ground, hitting her head on the side of a trolley car.