Feb. 4, 1908
A performance of Puccini's "Madame Butterfly" at the Mason Opera House is reviewed by The Times' Harry Carr, an institution at the paper for many years ... Carr also wrote "Los Angeles--City of Dreams" ... Firefighters were unable to extinguish several recent blazes because one of the horses refused to pull the steamer. The Times says that the area around the Sunset Boulevard and Mohawk Street station is hilly and the horse is too light to pull the load. The ASPCA has investigated charges that firefighters have brutally beaten the horse in an attempt to make it pull the vehicle ... More cells are being added because the jail is badly overcrowded ... Above, the Great Fer-Don, one of my favorite early Los Angeles charlatans. Note: Puccini's "La Boheme received its American premiere in Los Angeles.
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