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Chicago Tribune 100 Years Ago

Chicago Tribune front pages are going back in time - 100 years into the past. Crime, public transit, the economy - you may notice that things really weren't that different back then.

July 25, 1914: Ominous. Europe as a whole fears all-out war due to Serbian crisis.

July 24, 1914: A young girl, aged just 2 years, mistook ammonia for club soda and drank it. She died of her injuries.

July 23, 1914: An armistice has been declared in Mexico in which "all fighting will cease at once."

July 22, 1914: The identity of a woman in white who was run down by a streetcar in the South Loop is still a mystery. So attention turns to her engraved wedding ring to figure out who she is.

July 21, 1914: A blacksmith who lives on West Lake Street, today near Paulina, fought to have the assessment on his home/business reduced and won. He had 12 children, 6 of whom are still alive. And he said that he has never been able to save more than $150 in his entire life because of the expense of taking care of his family.

July 20, 1914: Quite a mystery unfolding on the front page today. Someone cut off the tail of Bessie the cow.

July 19, 1914: A direct descendant of former president Van Buren was found dead today in her New York City apartment.

July 18, 1914: President Wilson has concerns about Carranza's rule in Mexico. He fears a bloody uprising.

July 17, 1914: Carranza. He's the new president of Mexico now that Huerta has retired. Carranza says that peace will return and Huerta's army will surrender. But there are problems. More on this tomorrow.

July 16, 1914: President Huerta of Mexico is retiring today.

July 15, 1914: Dr. Vincent C. Price died on this date. He was 82. If you don't recognize the name, you'll certainly recognize his work. Dr. Price invented baking powder.

July 14, 1914: A patient killed his doctor and then took his own life.

July 13, 1914: Skinny dipping? In 1914? Good heavens. It's true, and there was this guy who was hiding in the bushes and watching as the 6 girls frolicked naturally in the river. But the girls caught him peeping and beat the living daylights out of him. Now, he'll appear in court with two black eyes.

July 12, 1914: Men, take note. There will be no "trouser cuffs" in 1915. Apparently the fashion police - there are official fashion police-like people in this day - have spoken.

July 11, 1914: The prize was $200 for the person who could catch the first fish. 1,600 fisherman start. Two hours later, someone catches an inch-long minnow and wins. And that's today's fish story.

July 10, 1914. Well, isn't this interesting. 100 years ago today, Chicago was also enjoying a cool summer with high temperatures only near 70.

July 9, 1914: The Tribune is on a crusade to eradicate a severe mosquito problem, and it's starting in Ravinia.

July 8, 1914: More than 2,000 rioted at South Paulina and Taylor streets. They refused to disperse until they settled their grievance against a trolley conductor who they say assaulted a passenger on a previous trip. The conductor, along with several others were hurt and the trolley car was wrecked.

July 7, 1914: Absolutely tragic story. A 4-year-old girl saw her 2-year-old sister in distress from itching after being bitten by mosquitoes. The older girl went to the medicine cabinet, remembering her father had applied medicine to her bites earlier. She ended up finding carbonic acid and poured it all over her sister's legs. The little girl died of shock.

July 6, 1914: A tango teacher stole a student's jewels worth $6,500 during a lesson.

July 5, 1914: Fascinating headline from this date: "NATION ADOPTS SANE FOURTH; DEATH FEW. Crusade started in 1899 by "The Tribune" decreases toll.

July 4, 1914: A woman loaned a man $50 in 1874. He said that some day he would repay her thousand-fold. And just last week, he sent her a check for $50,000. She hadn't heard from him since making the loan.

July 3, 1914: Alderman have defeated a project that would have raised the height of Chicago's tallest building to 26 stories. (Editor's note: If only these people could meet Donald Trump).

July 2, 1914: A Connecticut doctor has some advice for you: Eat less to live longer. Also, this doctor says that there is no good treatment at this time for high blood pressure and that needs to change.

July 1, 1914: Former president Teddy Roosevelt blasts current president Woodrow Wilson over domestic and foreign policy.