Friday, October 11 1907 — In a rare front page appearance, Herriman adds a graphic flourish to this graft story about Thomas Fortune Ryan, a Wall Street fatcat who on this date came close to getting caught in his web of dirty finances. But in the 1900s, as in most other periods in history, rarely did these high-finance types ever get their comeuppance. Mister Ryan slipped through this and many other nooses in his long career. If you’re interested to know more about his brush with the law, check out this article in the New York Times. If you’re interested in today’s equivalent, just pick up today’s Times and read about a Congressman from Nebraska, AIG, Bristol-Myers, etc., etc..
Friday, October 11 1907 — Not actually a poetry reading, the subject is actually a stage show called “A Night With the Poets”, song and dance interpretations of the works of James Whitcomb Riley. The gala featured the musical stylings of Berry & Berry with some of those ever-popular race numbers thrown in for good measure. The text review is mixed, and Herriman just echoes in cartoon reviewer Otheman Stevens’ take on the production.