Literary light in the home town of the man who discovered America (Original Boomerang for December 29, 1918)


Original Boomerang for December 29, 1918

This week’s issue of the original Boomerang begins with an announcement, a riddle, and a prize for solving it: the announcement being that the “high class clientele” of the same “extraordinary publication” will soon be receiving photographs of local subjects, the riddle being the identities of said subjects, and the prize being that any one of the “five pretty girls” who sends in the correct identities “will have her subscription extended three months.” Want to bet that the consolation prize was a three-month extension as well? Ninety-five years later, we latter-day Boomerang readers have to make do with imagining the pictures; at least we have (or think we have) the full run of the “extraordinary publication”!

There follows some news of two very welcome items received by Christmas, despite there having been no turkey as noted in last week’s issue (an no soldiers to eat either I reckon!): English walnuts from Doctor Eula, and a long letter from Enola (who’s still in India, we think?).

Best or all, in an item in the second column we’re happy to discover a key to a mystery that presented itself in the original Boomerang of a few weeks ago (here). There the Boomerang Man was very happy to have received a clipping from “the Lantern,” which we deduced to be the Columbus Lantern, the paper for Ohio State University. In this week’s issue we learn that Gladice has been writing for the papers again, about which Fred has to say the following:

The Boomerang congratulates the Lantern on having discovered this literary light [i.e. Gladice] in the home town of the man who discovered America.

Aha! So we were right that the Lantern of a few weeks ago was in fact the Columbus Lantern (Columbus being “the home town of the man who discovered America”–ha!), which means that the mystery writer “Si” mentioned in that previous Boomerang is perhaps a nick-name for Gladice? But so … was Gladice living in Columbus in the fall of December 1918? Yes! The Lantern doesn’t have any bylines, so we can’t tell which articles she wrote, but her name appears in several articles in the paper in 1918 (it’s archived here), AND a 1920 University of Ohio yearbook lists her as being on the staff of the Lantern and … even better, includes a picture (not to mention the note that she’s getting her BA!):


Ohio State University Yearbook, 1920

Wouldn’t you know: as soon as one mystery is solved, another is raised: a mysterious George!! King George V? He’s been very much in the news this fall (of 1918), what with the end of the war and all . . . or George Washington? Having looked ahead, I see that this mystery is to be continued in next week’s issue, so stay tuned!

Addendum (March 17, 2015): Dick confirms (in a comment on this post here) that Gladice’s nick-name was indeed “Si”! I reckon we’ll never know why … maybe it has to do with her middle name? None of the records I can find of her has even an initial of a middle name, though … maybe folks sometimes called her “Gladisigh” … and then that turned to “Si”?


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  1. Pingback: Poetry, renewed vows, and long hose (Original Boomerang for October 3, 1920) | The Boomerang Blog

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