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Page 2 POST-GAZETTE, SEPTEMBER 30, 2011 Stirpe by Prof. Edmund Turiello Nostra of the more in teresting aspects of our ancestry.., our lineage.., our roots. DOMITIAN. THE A complete list of Domitian's condemnations and the manner of his tor- tures certainly matches those of Caligula and Nero. He even devised a special truth extractor for use dur- ing inquisitions. This con- sisted in inserting fire into the privates of the wit- nesses. Financial problems brought about as a result of his shows and building pro- grams caused economic measures, tax assessments, and confiscations, which were also equal to those of Caligula and Nero. The prop- erty of the living and the dead were seized anywhere, at any time, and on any charge that had been brought by any accuser. A mere word or action, which could be construed as de- rogatory to the majesty of the emperor, was all that was needed for condemnation. He even confiscated estates of persons who were in no way connected with the em- peror. All that was needed was for one man to come for- ward to say that he had at one time heard the deceased say that the emperor was his heir. He levied harsh taxes on the Jews and pursued them with the 'utmost' rigor to force payment. One man who attempted to conceal his identity was examined pub- licly in a crowded courtroom and forced to reveal the fact of his circumcision. Domitian was not to be outdone in his sex life either. He was excessively KILLER-DILLER lustful, and was constantly involved in sexual inter- course, which he called bedwrestling, and referred to this kind of activity as exer- cise. He even depilated his concubines with his own hand (she loves me ... she loves me not ... she loves me .... etc.). It was said that he was such a down-to-earth guy that he even swam in the baths with common prostitutes. He refused a niece who was offered to him in marriage when he was a maiden, but later he seduced her after she be- came the wife of another. Still later when she suffered the loss of her husband he loved her ardently and openly, eventually causing her death by ordering an abortion. Domitian was quite tall, with large eyes, handsome and graceful. In his later years he suffered baldness, a protruding belly, and was spindle-legged. He exercised very little and was incapable of exertion, but instead was carried in a litter. His only interest in arms was devoted to archery. He was an excel- lent marksman and often killed wild beasts with two successive shots in such a manner that the arrows gave the effect of horns. Domitian was killed by a conspiracy of close friends. It also included his wife Domitia. The murder took place in his bedroom after a lengthy struggle. Stephanus, the steward of Domitia, con- cealed a dagger in a fake arm bandage. He stabbed the emperor in the groin while he was reading a paper. The emperor fought with Stephanus and both fell to the floor where they struggled for a long time. Domitian tried to get the dagger away from his assail- ant and even tried to gouge out his eyes with his own lacerated fingers but even- tually he was slain when Parthenius, a second assas- sin, stabbed the emperor seven times. The day of his death is listed as Septem- ber 18, 96 A.D. in the fif- teenth year of his reign. His corpse was carried out on a common bier by persons who normally buried the poor. He was cremated on his sub- urban estate, which was located on the Via Latina, and his ashes were placed in the Flavian family temple. The people received the news with indifference, but the senators were so over- joyed, that they immediately removed his shields and images from the walls of the Senate House and dashed them to the floor. They also decreed that all of his inscriptions be erased, and , all record of him obliterated. Probably the one most sig- nificant feature of his reign was the manner in which he had advanced toward absolute monarchy. NEXT WEEK: Trajan, His Activity and Immortality Lee Upsets Linehan, Baker Slides by O'Toole and Jackson Romps to Top Ticket by Sal Giarratani There were three con- September 27 in Boston. tested district city coun- Over in South Boston's Dis- cil races held Tuesday, trict 2, challenger Suzanne ' 617.783.2300 1 -I00ridge Sffee}. AIIs00on . ,ina on [bather Sfreef in fhe North nd Lee beat incumbent Bill Linehan by 272 votes due in part to a high turnout in both the South End and Chinatown. Said Linehan, "I came in second in the 2007 election and I was able to win the final. I'll have to rally my supporters both over there and in South Boston." The vote gave Lee 39 percent to Linehan's 35 percent. In third place was Bob Ferrara with =." prccnt. With Ferrara out of the race, the South Boston vote is no longer being split. In the heated District 3 race, Frank Baker and John O'Toole were the two top finishers for this open seat with City Councilor Maureen Feeney retiring from office. Baker topped the ticket with 31 percent of the vote to John O'Toole's 25 percent. Third place fin- isher was Craig Galvin with 23.8 percent of the vote. O'Toole and Galvin split the southern Dorchester vote down in St. Ann's and St. Brendan's parishes. Baker reacting to his win (Continued on Page 10) Res Publica by David TrumbuU Our Italian American Textile History In 1913, in his Annual Report, the president of the National Association of Cotton Manufacturers (the predecessor of my employer, the National Textile Association} spoke of foreign labor in the textile mills of New England. The address, which we have in our office archives, was newsworthy enough to be reprinted in full in the Boston Evening Transcript. In his remarks Edwin Farnham Greene of the Pacific Mill in Lawrence quotes from another speech of two years earlier a hundred years ago this year by a Mr. Parker, regarding the multiplicity of nations represented among the 7,000 work- ers at that one textile mill. He spoke of the Austrian Polanders, Syrians, Portuguese, French-Canadians, English, Irish, Scots, and Russians, and concludes: "In the worsted spinning room, young Italian boys have recently been tried as spinners and make a good impression." My wife's grandfather, Angelo DiZazzo was one of those "young Italian boys" or more properly, a young man, for he arrived in Boston on the llth of August 1912, four days after his eighteenth birthday. It wasn't long before he was work- ing in Mr. Farnham's Pacific Mill. He was not alone. Pulling a page from the 1930 U.S. Cen- sus of the Italian neighborhood of Lawrence, we see that out of 50 persons listed; four (all of one family) were Lithuanian, the rest were from Italy or were the children of Italian immigrants. Of 22 who had jobs (remember the census lists everyone, not just adults in the workforce), 14 worked in the textile mills of Lawrence. According to the book Lawrence, Massachusetts (Acadia Publishing, 1995), "We Weave he World's Worsted" became a familiar phrase in schools around that Merrimack Valley mill city. To our south, in Cranston, Rhode Island, the story is repeated. One page from the 1930 U.S. Census shows one person from Portugal and 49 Italians. Of the 25 persons employed, 12 were working in the textile mills. The mills were where immigrants who did not speak English got their first jobs in the industrial cities of the North- east. It was often hard work, for long hours, for low pay. On the other hand, it was work. And from that first start many Italian immigrant families went on to thrive in this new country. The story of American textiles is told at the American Textile History Museum in Lowell. I urge you to visit. If any- one is interested in organizing a group tour oriented toward the role of the mills in the lives of Italian-Americans please contact me. ............. 'i)iiiiii!iiii:i:i  i=i:i'i' TS on Boston Public Works will collect and compost residents' yard waste Seven weeks: October 17 - December 2 ON YOUR RECYCLING DAY. Place leaves in large paper barrels marked "yard waste:' For free "yard waste" stickers (up to 2 stickers available per household). Cut branches to Y maximum length and 1" maximum diameter. Tie branches with string .... Place leaves and yard waste DAY. Yard waste wig .or b o"ec - duriug the two weeks before the Oct. 17 start date. Please hold onto your yard waste /e from Oct. 3 to Oct. 17, when collection begins.