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Chiropractic Journal of Australia : CJA December 2013
150 Chiropractic Journal of Australia Volume 43 Number 4 December 2013 escape from a crane being used to build the New York subway. After finging his body in the air, Houdini escaped from the straitjacket. Starting from when he was hoisted up in the air by the crane, to when the straitjacket was completely off, it took Houdini two minutes and thirty-seven seconds. There is flm footage of Houdini performing the escape in The Library of Congress. After being battered against a building in high winds during one escape, Houdini performed the escape with a visible safety wire on his ankle so that he could be pulled away from the building if necessary.58 THE CHIROPRACTIC WORLD IN 1913 D.D. PALMER D.D. Palmer and his wife moved to a new residential address at 420 West Vernon Avenue, Los Angeles59 and apparently stopped teaching at the Ratlege Chiropractic College. He spent most of July and August in Davenport. Jimmy Steel, the head of the spinograph department of the PSC took some x-rays of him in early July. Heavy and large exostoses and ankyloses were noted between the occiput and atlas. Nobody before knew they existed. This accounts for the severe and frequent headaches with which he had suffered for years.60 During his visit Frank Elliott, the registrar, took the only photograph in existence that shows the three generations of the Palmers, father D.D. son B.J. and grandson David. D.D. gave 22 lectures at the Universal College of Chiropractic at a charge of $10 each, netting him $220, which just about covered his expenses.59 During the conference of the Universal Chiropractors' Association a group photograph was taken, and though he was invited to be in the photograph he refused the offer. During the parade down Brady Street he made a nuisance of himself by refusing to ride in an automobile, but raced forward, grabbed the fag and wanted to lead the parade.61 Upon his return to Los Angeles he passed away on 20 October 1913, at age 68, from typhoid fever, contributory factors were listed as tendency of brain congestion for several years.59 The remains were cremated Wednesday morning, 22 October. He was survived by his son B.J. Palmer, his sixth wife and two daughters, Mrs Wall of Bellingham, Wash., and Mrs Brownell of Yankton, S. Dak.62 A Memorial Service was held at the P.S.C. on 23 October. Speakers were: Dr. A.B. Hender, Reverend Samuel H. Weed, "Uncle Howard" Nutting. Reverend J.H. Craven closed with prayer and benediction.63 Following the eulogies, school was dismissed for the day and “Old Glory” few at half-mast for the day. Let it be said to the credit of the Davenport College that their student body was guest of the PSC and they too closed their school out of respect. Several UCC boys were also there and their school was also closed for the day. B.J. asked that all bow their heads for a minute and give more than a passing thought for he who gave the world Chiropractic. B.J. certainly was overcome with grief. He desired to utter his heart-throbs but his mind refused to work. They both had their viewpoints, but D.D. was his father.64 DEVELOPMENTS AT THE PALMER SCHOOL Changes in Fee Structure Tuition during 1913 was $250, covering both the still running 12-months course as well as the new 18-months course. It was announced that tuition would rise to $300 on 1 January 1914.71 Clinics From 1 May 1909 to 1 August 1913clinic attendance had been 11,000 cases, equal to 220 new cases a month. The last week of that period 78 new patients were in attendance. The week ending 9 August 256 new patients were enrolled.72 Education Commencing at the beginning of the year the 18-months course went into effect at the Palmer School. New departments were added: obstetrics, minor surgery, toxicology, microscopy and chemistry.73 BJ mused that had he started the 18-months course a year earlier his July 1913 graduates would have been able to be to registered in Kansas, which just started with an 18-months legal requirement.74 During February a complete set of chemical and laboratory materials was purchased for the Chemistry Department under control of Steve Burich, who held three chemistry degrees.75 By the end of March 1913 14 microscopes have been installed, 12 portables, 1 best in the world with 1200 times magnifcation and 1 dissecting microscope, and almost 2000 slides covering all subjects. These new subjects were being taught to stay in front of legislation being enacted, as outside of major surgery and materia medica they could be added to legislative requirements in the future.76 While some students seemed to prefer the 12-months course, they would have diffculty getting into states that have legislation by the time they graduate.77 Three generation photo by Frank Elliott: D.D., Dave and B.J. Courtesy Palmer College Archives THE YEAR THAT WAS 1913 PETERS
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