For fun, the Ear decided check out THE DAILY MORNING ASTORIAN to see what was going on in early July 1890 (

“A.E. Shaw, a first class bilk and would be sport, is now a resident of Pomeroy, Wash., where he is trying to make people believe that he is a dentist.”

The death of Miss Eliza Benson, The Bearded Lady, made front page news. She and her 15-inch beard died at her home in Georgia. No, she was not the bearded lady of circus sideshow fame.

“Mrs. Delia Cross, of Brooklyn, is now Mrs. Capt. Cross, of the steamer Oregon, though she was compelled to affix a cross to the papers in place of her name. This is said to be the first case in which a woman has become owner and master of a sea-going vessel.”

Jeff’s New Restaurant on Second Street, with a “Private Entrance for Ladies,” was offering meals for 25 cents. While dining, the orchestra would play from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Just in case one overindulged at Jeff’s, one could always resort to Tutt’s Pills, which “stimulate the torpid liver, strengthen the digestive organs, regulate the bowels and are unequaled as an anti-bilious medicine.” Sounds terrifying.

— Elleda Wilson

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