Wednesday, July 3 1907 — Harrison Gray Otis, arch-conservative publisher of the Los Angeles Times, is accused of taking bribes from Patrick Calhoun. Calhoun was a railroad magnate who came to LA to set up a streetcar system. Looking through the papers of July 1907 all I can find in the way of specific accusations is that Calhoun purchased many thousands of copies of one particular day’s edition of the Times, a very backhanded yet effective way of making a bribe to a publisher.
Both Otis and Calhoun were justly infamous for their shady business and political deals, so the accusation that there was bribery going on between the two would have been like accusing Burt Reynolds of wearing a toupee.
Thursday, July 4 1907 — The big fight is on! Australian Bill Squires will meet Tommy Burns in the squared circle today in a battle of the titans. Who will emerge triumphant? I’m not tellin’. Tune in next week for Herriman’s post-mortem.