Diary of Lois Elaine Jelin: Entry One Hundred Fifty-Five

Entry One Hundred Fifty-Five

Friday Wed., July 18            Weather unmarked.

Dear Diary,

Bob is starting to warm up a bit. I never noticed how nice looking he was before. *I’m going to give him 2 years. If by that time there’s no spark……. I’ll try to forget him.

Behind The Mask

From a Project Gutenberg reprinting of “A Flock of Girls and Boys” by Nora Perry, 1895.

Here, faithful readers, is a poem taken from a newspaper column in the women’s section of an 1890s San Francisco Chronicle title “Behind The Mask” by Nora Perry–an American poet and journalist who wrote for the Chicago Tribune. It is for the lonely ones who know not what they do.

“‘She speaks and smiles the gay old way

She is the same as yesterday,’

You turn and say.

 

The same as yesterday, before

The dark-winged angel at her door

Entered and bore

 

The treasure of her life away;

‘The same, the same as yesterday.’

And as you say

 

These questioning words with questioning tone,

Apart from you and quite alone

She makes her moan;

 

She does not dare to trust her woe

To break its bonds, her tears to flow

In outward show,

 

Lest, like a giant in her life,

This woe should rise to stronger life

And fiercer strife.

 

So, wearing on her face the guise

Of olden smiles, with tearless eyes

She dumbly tries

 

To lift her burden to the light,

To live by faith and not by sight,

And from the night

 

Of new despair and wasting grief

At last, at last to find relief

Beyond belief.

 

Even as she stands before you there

With all the old accustomed air,

The smiles that wear

 

The mirthful mask of yesterday.

She stands alone and far away

From yesterday.

 

She stands alone and quite apart,

With mirth and song her aching heart

Has lot nor part.

 

The while your criticize her air

Of gay repose, pierced with despair

She does not dare

 

To speak aloud her bitterness,

To tell you of her loneliness

And sore distress.”

Diary of Lois Elaine Jelin: Entry One Hundred Fifty

Entry One Hundred Fifty

Tuesday Sun., July 8                       Weather unmarked.

Dear Diary,

At 8:15 A.M. Marian called me & sayed we were going to a ball game. Well, 8:40 she picked me up and we went to witness the Burbank Jr’s against out men’s team. Met a guy named Paul White wanted me to go to a picnic at the last minute. I decided not to go. Art Freed was there too. Nancy went too. Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis what a terrific show.

Diary of Lois Elaine Jelin: Entry One Hundred Forty-Nine

Entry One Hundred Forty-Nine

Sunday Fri., July 6                Weather unmarked.

Dear Diary,

Tests today. Got A in Science, D in Spanish. Went out with Bob Ulis to show. Tried to hold my hand. Told him no. Saw Frogmen was excellent. Got home 12:40.

Editorial Note:

The Frogmen was an unremarkable 1951 adventure flick directed by Lloyd Bacon, and starred Richard Widmark, Dana Andrews, and Gary Merrill. None of those names ring a bell? Well, that’s not surprising since the film was tagged as “the sensational story of Uncle Sam’s Underwater Commandos! “ yet it failed to gain any historical traction. That said, they fight like men from another world, but they’ve got Texas, Brooklyn and Missouri written all over their hearts; what’s not to like! Check out the chuckle-worthy trailer below.

The Etiquette of the Saloon

From a History Museum at the Castle post titled “Wisconsin Will Not Sell Rum!”

From a 1880s San Francisco newspaper: The Etiquette of the Saloon

“George Garer is a barkeeper in an underground saloon on Kearny street, and Gussie Herman is one of the ‘pretty waiter girls’ in the same saloon. On last Thursday night the two became involved in a dispute about one dollar and a half, which he claimed she owed the bar for drinks and he, after calling her some very improper names, slapped her face; after which she ‘went for him,’ pulled his hair, and struck him in the face. She caused his arrest for assault and battery, and yesterday he was tried before the Police Judge and found guilty of the offence [sic] charged. He will appear for sentence tomorrow.”