Poem of the day: “EVOLUTION.”

April is National Poetry Month! So to celebrate NVDNP will be posting poems that were featured in Nevada Newspapers. This poem was printed in the Tonopah Daily Bonanza April 13th, 1909 – VOL. V. NO. 145 paper. As a response to an inquiry by a newspaper subscriber, the editor did not know who the author was, and even believed that this poem had never appeared in print before 1909. Given the time period it would appear to be so, however, with the power of the internet and Chronicling America, we find that it has been printed in other papers. Unfortunately, the reason behind it being reprinted so widely is due to the author’s death.

Langdon Smith died on April 8, 1908. He was a war correspondent, and writer for the New York  Herald. “Evolution” was the only poem he ever wrote. He married Marie Antoinette Wright on February 12, 1884. He started writing the poem in 1895, and around 1899 – 1905 it was first published in the New York Journal. Sadly, two months after his death, his wife committed suicide in their home in Brooklyn, NY. This was her second attempt.

In his preface to Mr. Smith’s book, Lewis Allen Browne writes: “Their lives and affections linked as they were, in his poetic fancy at least, since the beginning of time seem to have created between them in reality a bond too close to survive a parting.”


Votes For Women


This month is Women’s History Month, and to celebrate women we will be compiling different articles found in Nevada newspapers of women who have changed the lives of those around them.

This is from the Pioche Record August 31, 1912.  This serves as a reminder of the rights that women had to and continue to fight for.

Votes For Women Help Win The Fight For Equal Suffrage In Nevada: A Few Leading Questions.

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Valentine’s Day

In honor of Valentine’s Day (this Sunday), we’ve compiled a few lovely articles about the holiday. Did you know people used to rude letters and caricatures of people they didn’t like? Read about the Valentine’s Day traditions from 1910 and even recount the day from the seventeenth century in a letter from a young lady to her friend.

Want more Valentine’s Day content from Chronicling America? The National Endowment for Humanities has a feature about the emergence of Valentine’s Day as a holiday and a business opportunity using articles found in Chronicling America: http://www.neh.gov/divisions/preservation/featured-project/love-and-commerce

Mardi Gras

According to this article found in the Tonopah Daily Bonanza, the 1916 Mardi Gras celebration began with a carnival opening on March 4 and concluding on Tuesday, March 7. The carnival included a pageant of the Knights of Momus and a parade with elaborate floats. Click the link on the caption to read the entire March 4, 1916 issue of the Tonopah Daily Bonanza.

The Knights of Momus is an established organization in charge of the Mardi Gras carnival. Read about the origins of the Knights of Momus and depictions of the 1916 Mardi Gras carnival here: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/hand-book-of-the-carnival/