The Neal Sanatorium had a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program in 1912

History Matters

January 28, 2012|By Louise Vest

100 Years Ago

Lime Green

An advertisement in the Times:

"Stone lime, oyster shell lime, hydrated lime, ground lime, ground lime stone, rail or water shipments: Robert S. Green, 853 Frederick Ave. Baltimore, Md."

Another ad:

"THE NEAL SANATORIUM treats alcoholic cases and drug habitués with better results and in less time than any other institution in existence. For proof and information call The Neal Institute Oakland Ave and York Road 206 Courtland St. Telephone, Tuxedo or St. Paul 2564, Baltimore, MD."

75 Years Ago

Thrown throne

In the Times national news section:

"Americans in England: Renewed excitement has been aroused in the British isles by the discovery that yet another member of the royal family - this time it's the young duke of Kent - not only shows a regrettable tendency to enjoy himself as any normal natural, healthy youngster might, but, what is even more distressing, has lately been seen in the company of an American woman.

Oh, these pestiferous Yankee women! In spite of all that can be done, it's almost certain some of them will witness the coronation, and several thousands of them will break their girlish necks trying to do so."

The Duke of Kent was Prince George, the fourth son of King George V. Prince George was the Duke of Kent from 1934 until his death in 1942. The coronation referred to in the brief was that of his brother, Albert (Bertie) who would become King George VI May 12, 1937.

The "yet another member of the family" refers to Edward VIII, the eldest son who became king after his father, King George V's death in 1936. But a few months later Edward abdicated the throne to marry Wallis Warfield Simpson, an American divorcee and a commoner. After the marriage, she became the Duchess of Windsor.

Though born in Pennsylvania, Simpson grew up in Baltimore. Her grandfather, Henry Mactier Warfield, was born at White Cottage, in Howard County.

As far as we Yankees being "pestiferous," in 1939 when Poland fell and England declared war on Germany, the Brits wouldn't be worrying about pestilent royalty groupies, they'd be lobbying for us to join their fight, for Yankee war matériel, and, for the sake of the homeland, they'd be hankering to be pestered by as many Yankees in uniform as their island could hold.

50 Years Ago

'You're surrounded'

Surrounding information on criminals, convictions and acquittals were articles on myriad subjects: swine judging, sewage, and the Methodist men's dinner. The update in the Times on Howard County cases and adjudications were for the preceding year.

"States Attorney Reports On Cases Handled in '61

"T. Hunt Mayfield, Howard County States Attorney, reported this week to Judge James Macgill that 206 Court proceedings were brought to trial and concluded by his office in 1961. This was seven more than last year. ... .

"Of the one hundred criminal indictment trials, 53 resulted in convictions and only three in acquittal. In the twenty-two criminal information trials seventeen resulted in convictions. One case is awaiting trails. Of those who appealed decisions of the Magistrates' Court, 19 were convicted in the Circuit Court. Three were acquitted and fourteen marked with nolle prosse with consent of the Court. Four were dismissed by the state and one by the defendants. Eight cases are pending.

"Eleven cases of request for jury trial by state are still pending. Five have been disposed of by convictions, two by acquittals and ten nolle prosse. Two were confessed not guilty by state. Three cases where the defendants asked jury trial are still pending. Non-support cases brought eight convictions, and four acquittals. Four were marked "stet" and eighteen nolle prosse with consent of court. Four cases await trail."

"There were three convictions for bastardy and one acquittal. Two were nolle prosse and two still await trial. Of the five petitions from the Department of Probation, all resulted in convictions."

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