Saturday, April 01, 2017
January 16 1909 -- It all started as a minor case in which some employees of the city's library were accused of padding their time records. Then library director of research Dr. C.J.K. Jones turned the proceedings into a circus, producing copious detective-like notes he purports to have kept on the comings, goings, and misdeeds of the library's female employees. He in turn is accused of keeping a bottle of whisky hidden in the library's safe, from which he dispenses tipples to any female employee who feels faint or dyspeptic, and thus making the safe room some sort of den of debauchery. Then another employee claims to have walked in on two of the women librarians engaged in behavior so shocking that his sense of decorum did not allow him to describe its nature on the witness stand.
Herriman, sadly, seems oblivious to the cartoon possibilities of all this. What sort of yellow journalist is he, anyway?
Labels: Herriman's LA Examiner Cartoons