Adventures in Research: The Scientific Method

Ordinarily, I don’t editorialize when I introduce an “Adventures in Research” subject.  The stories ought to speak for themselves.  However, I will introduce this item with my “Ball of Fire” story.  Some years back, I was setting about to make popcorn.  I had the oil heating up on the stove.  I went off pottering, and saw, […]

Adventures in Research: Theft and Trousers

From the NYT November 6, 1894 “The Burglar Stole His Trousers” In Bayonne, New Jersey, a burglar entered Mr. Darvel’s home, forcing him at revolver point to give up his trousers. The trousers had  fifty dollars in the pocket. The burglar retreated, and Mr. Darvel took action, firing his own revolver.  The burglar attempted to […]

Adventures in Research: Master of Lunacy

From the Taunton Courier and Western Advisor of Wednesday, 5 July 1882, “Alleged Insanity of a Somerset Gentleman” The gentleman was a man of property.  His wife petitioned the Commission of Lunacy to declare him “of unsound mind”, allowing her to protect her husband’s assets.  Mr. Nicholson, Master of Lunacy, presided over the Commission, comprising […]

Adventures in Research: Tear Gas and Salesmanship

From the NYT of September 25, 1936. “Tear Gas War on Bootleg Miners.”  During this period, the coal mines in Pennsylvania, racked with strikes, had incursions by bootleggers–miners illegally harvesting coal to sell, generating an income they would otherwise have lacked in the midst of the Depression. The mine owners hatched a plan to smoke them out […]

Adventures in Research

I recently read the  NYT obit of George Frisbie Hoar, a Massachusetts Senator, who died in 1904.  I was curious to learn something about Mr. Hoar, because there may be a distant and peripheral family connection.  He was admired as a speaker. I enjoyed this excerpt illustrating his style: “I confess I do not like […]