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The New Fourth of July (1915)

Enough powder is being consumed on the other side of the water without wasting any here on a Fourth of July celebration. Thanks to the spread of the Safe and Sane Fourth idea the past few years, the old-fashioned celebration with the indiscriminate use of fire-crackers and other explosives entailing scores of deaths and hundreds of injuries is rapidly becoming a thing of the past. The country is now prepared to go a step further and make the birthday of the nation the occasion to instruct the immigrant in the principles of liberty and democracy for which America stands. Some of the European nations have the idea that this country is a vast conglomerate of people from all corners of the earth and that we lack, therefore, national ideals, national unity, national loyalty.

Dr. Sidney L. Gulick proposes that the most fitting celebration of the Fourth of July as the Nation’s Birthday is to make it also the Citizen’s Birthday, that on this day citizenship be given to aliens, and that those born in this country be formally admitted to citizenship on the Fourth nearest their twenty-first birthday. Properly carried out, this would call for processions, orations welcoming to citizenship, responses and oaths of allegiance to the Stars and Stripes in every community. In a modified form more than fifty cities have planned to carry out this idea.

They will call the day Americanization Day, and will make it an occasion of welcome to all those within their gates who have come from other lands with different ideals of liberty. America opens its doors of opportunity to the peoples of all nations. Is it too much to ask that those who enjoy the benefits that America offers should drop the hyphen and give undivided loyalty to the land of their adoption?

Frank Leslies Weekly 1915-07-01

Frank Leslies Weekly 1915-07-01

Frank Leslie’s Weekly, founded in 1855 and continued until 1922, was an American illustrated news publication started by publisher and illustrator Frank Leslie. While only 30 copies of the first edition were printed, by 1897 its circulation had grown to an estimated 65,000 copies.

Source: Frank Leslies Weekly, July 1, 1915


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New Arkansas and Arizona Titles Online

As part of the ongoing expansion of our American County Histories collections, we are constantly bringing new materials online.  Initially we bring the page images online while our text processors work to create the first full text searchable materials.  In June alone, we brought online the images for 168 new titles in Illinois and Minnesota.

After our text folks finish, we add the text to the title so subscribers can toggle back and forth between the text and an image of the book’s page.

In just the last week we have brought the text online for these four volumes in our American County Histories collection.

New in Arkansas

  • A REMINISCENT HISTORY OF THE OZARK REGION: COMPRISING A CONDENSED GENERAL HISTORY, A BRIEF DESCRIPTIVE HISTORY OF EACH COUNTY, AND NUMEROUS BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF PROMINENT CITIZENS OF SUCH COUNTIES – 1894. (Browse)
  • BIOGRAPHICAL AND HISTORICAL MEMOIRS OF PULASKI, JEFFERSON, LONOKE, FAULKNER, GRANT, SALINE, PERRY, GARLAND AND HOT SPRING COUNTIES, ARKANSAS – 1889. (Browse)

New in Arizona

  • THE HAND BOOK TO ARIZONA: ITS RESOURCES, HISTORY, TOWNS, MINES, RUINS AND SCENERY – 1878. (Browse)
  • WHO’S WHO IN ARIZONA – VOLUME I – 1913. (Browse)

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A Tribute to Old Maids

In a little work entitled “Our Peculiarities,” by Viscountess Combermere, there is the following fine tribute to the class of old maids:

These single women, whom it is the cant of society to ridicule, may have often postponed their own settlement in life from the highest motives; filial devotion has, perhaps, engrossed them so entirely in early life that no selfish object diverted them from its holy duties.

It was sufficient to satisfy affection and to supersede hope; for the devoted, generous child, from the intensity of her love, has felt that the future must ever be a blank, when the interest that engrosses the present is withdrawn by death; and this dreary prospect adds another motive to her tenderness.

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Scene of the Fatal Explosion in Philadelphia

Frank Leslie’s Weekly, founded in 1855 and continued until 1922, was an American illustrated news publication started by publisher and illustrator Frank Leslie. While only 30 copies of the first edition were printed, by 1897 its circulation had grown to an estimated 65,000 copies.

Our illustration represents the scene of the explosion of a steam-boiler, which occurred on the afternoon of June the 6th, at the steam saw-mill, occupied by Geary & Ward, No. 1,024 Sansom street, Philadelphia.

The explosion occurred at about six in the afternoon, and reduced the structure to a mass of ruins, nearly every person about the building being buried beneath the debris. Search was immediately commenced for the unfortunate beings, but before any of them were rescued, a fire broke out where the most of them were buried, and in a very short space of time the entire pile of rubbish was one mass of flames.

The shrieks of the men who were thus fastened in the very jaws of death were heartrending in the extreme, but all efforts of the firemen to rescue those who were smothering and burning to death were unavailing. About eight o’clock the fire was subdued, and search at once commenced. In a few minutes a number of bodies, blackened, scarred and disfigurred beyond recognition, were removed. The search continued during the entire night, and is still progressing. Ten bodies have been recovered from the ruins, and others it is feared are lost.

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Advice for People of Moderate Fortune

Lydia Maria ChildIf you are about to furnish a house, do not spend all your money, be it much or little. Do not let the beauty of this thing, and the cheapness of that, tempt you to buy unnecessary articles. Dr. Franklin’s maxim was a wise one, “Nothing is cheap which you do not want.”

Buy merely what is absolutely necessary, and let experience of your wants and your means dictate what shall be afterwards obtained. If you spend all at first, you will find you have bought many things you do not want, and omitted many you do want. Begin cautiously. As riches increase, increase in hospitality and splendor; but it is always painful and inconvenient to decrease.
After all, these things are viewed in their proper light by the judicious and respectable. Neatness, tastefulness and good sense, may be shown in the management of a small household, and the arrangement of a little furniture, as well as upon a large scale. The consideration gained by living beyond one’s income, is not actually worth the trouble it costs. The glare there is about such false, wicked parade, is deceptive; it does not, in fact, procure valuable friends or extensive influence. More than that, it is wrong, morally wrong, so far as the individual is concerned; and injurious, beyond calculation, to the interests of our country. – To what are the increasing beggary and discouraged exertions of the present day owing? A multitude of causes no doubt tend to increase the evils, but the root of the whole matter is the extravagance of all classes of people!

We never shall be prosperous, till we have sufficient moral courage to make pride and vanity yield to the dictates of honesty and prudence. We never shall be free from embarrassment till we cease to be ashamed of industry and economy! Let woman aid in the needful reformation. Let their husbands and fathers see them happy without finery; and if their friends have, as is often the case, a foolish pride in seeing them decorated, let them silently and gradually check this felling, by showing that they have better means of commanding respect. Let the exercise of ingenuity, economy and neatness prove that good taste and gentility are attainable without great expense.


– Mrs. Lydia Maria Child

This item, and others like it, can be found in Accessible Archive’s African American Newspapers Collection. This enormous collection of African American newspapers contains a wealth of information about cultural life and history during the 1800s and is rich with first-hand reports of the major events and issues of the day.

Source: The North Star, June 16, 1848
Photo:  Historic American Buildings Survey Arthur C. Haskell, Photographer Oct. 17, 1935 (e) INT.- WEST WALL & FIREPLACE, SITTING ROOM – Timothy Wood House, Halifax, Plymouth County, MA