Saturday, February 28, 2009


Herriman Saturday

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.


Hi Allan - like Eddie Campbell (a modern day master of the medium), I just wanted to say thank you for your efforts in letting us see this Herriman material. Don't be discouraged by lack of comments - I have read all your postings and this is the first time I've ever commented (apologies for my laziness in that regard), so please don't think that your efforts are not appreciated. Please continue - you are doing historic preservation work! THANKS AGAIN!
Thanks Anon, I really do appreciate when people let me know they're out there. The site gets plenty of hits, but for all I know they're all looking for that other kind of stripper. Good to know that all this silliness has an audience.

Best, Allan
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