No. 347
Crime, Eccentricity, and the Sporting Life in 19th Century America.
November 23, 2017

We Never Sleep

Allan Pinkerton, and the organization he founded in 1850, Pinkerton’s National Detective Agency, embodied all the traits that have come to be associated with the mythic American private detective. They were tough, honest, incorruptible, fair-minded, dogged and independent. The Pinkerton logo—a vigilant eye with the motto “We Never Sleep” –was the source of the term “private eye.” But not everyone has been pleased with Pinkerton’s work. Some detractors, then and now, have characterized the Pinkertons as little more than a private army for capitalists. More...

Murder by Little Girls.

(From Macon Weekly Telegraph, September 26, 1884). Murder by Little Girls. St. Louis, September 24. – The story from Ottawa, Kan., that on Monday last Carrie and Bessie Waterman, aged 12 and 1...
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JOHN O'NEIL
alias: HUGHES, SMITH
CONFIDENCE MAN, SELLS PAWN TICKETS
November 17, 2017
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Whose horses boarded at this 10th Street stable?

I’ve always been curious about the 19th century three-story stable at 50 West 10th Street in Greenwich Village. Today, it’s a well-tended and enviable private house—who wouldn’t be c...
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Soapy Smith's corrections to the Seattle Daily Times: 03/30/1898

Read the entire text below (Click image to enlarge)  am still here in business, and expect to remain.  Respectfully yours, JEFF R. SMITH. Called “SOAPY.” In February 1898 The early st...
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Feast Day of St. Barlaam

November 19 is the feast date of Diocletian martyr Saint Barlaam of Antioch.* A Cappadocian peasant, Barlaam defeated through righteous willpower a Roman judge’s diabolical attempt to go easy on...
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We Never Sleep

Allan Pinkerton, and the organization he founded in 1850, Pinkerton’s National Detective Agency, embodied all the traits that have come to be associated with the mythic American private detective. They were tough, honest, incorruptible, fair-minded, dogged and independent. The Pinkerton logo—a vigilant eye with the motto “We Never Sleep” –was the source of the term “private eye.” But not everyone has been pleased with Pinkerton’s work. Some detractors, then and now, have characterized the Pinkertons as little more than a private army for capitalists. More...

The National Night Stick | May 2016
No. 347
Crime, Eccentricity, and the Sporting Life in 19th Century America.
November 23, 2017

May

From Gleason's Pictorial Drawing-Room Companion, May 5, 1853.

Murder by Little Girls.

(From Macon Weekly Telegraph, September 26, 1884). Murder by Little Girls. St. Louis, September 24. – The story from Ottawa, Kan., that on Monday last Carrie and Bessie Waterman, aged 12 and 1...
More...Murder By Gaslight

JOHN O'NEIL
alias: HUGHES, SMITH
CONFIDENCE MAN, SELLS PAWN TICKETS
November 17, 2017
More...
Coming Soon...
Foretell Your Future!

Whose horses boarded at this 10th Street stable?

I’ve always been curious about the 19th century three-story stable at 50 West 10th Street in Greenwich Village. Today, it’s a well-tended and enviable private house—who wouldn’t be c...
More...Ephemeral New York

Soapy Smith's corrections to the Seattle Daily Times: 03/30/1898

Read the entire text below (Click image to enlarge)  am still here in business, and expect to remain.  Respectfully yours, JEFF R. SMITH. Called “SOAPY.” In February 1898 The early st...
More...Soapy Smith's Soap Box

My latest literary portrait! The incredible writer and activist,...

post.Title
More...Little Penny Dreadful

Feast Day of St. Barlaam

November 19 is the feast date of Diocletian martyr Saint Barlaam of Antioch.* A Cappadocian peasant, Barlaam defeated through righteous willpower a Roman judge’s diabolical attempt to go easy on...
More...Executed Today

August 5th trolley tour

Filed under: August 4th, Uncategorized...
More...Lizzie Borden: Warps and Wefts

May

From Gleason's Pictorial Drawing-Room Companion, May 5, 1853.

"We follow vice and folly where a police officer dare not show his head, as the small, but intrepid weasel pursues vermin in paths which the licensed cat or dog cannot enter."

 The Sunday Flash 1841

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