No. 342
Crime, Eccentricity, and the Sporting Life in 19th Century America.
October 23, 2017

Kissing Quadrille A New Attraction to the Ball Room Invented by a New York Genius for the Benefit of Bashful Men and Ugly Women.

An ingenious fellow who evidently enjoys that sort of thing, has invented a new quadrille which he terms the “Kissing Quadrille.” It is very sweet; the step and figure perfectly suited to the idea, and the kissing comes in just in time, set to music.


Reprinted from Weekly Varieties, February 22, 1887.

A Deliberate, Damnable Murder.

William B. Baldwin Around 2:00 a.m., the morning of November 25, 1879, the citizens of Hastings, Nebraska, were awakened by frenzied cries of “fire!” The Burlington & Missouri Railroad Depot was b...
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SAM PERRIS
alias: WORCESTER SAM
BANK BURGLAR
October 20, 2017
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Artifact #51: Envelope to Capt Jeff Smith - "Deceased."

(Click image to enlarge) apt. Jeff Smith - DECEASED      An iconic Soapy Smith artifact symbolizing the end of his life and the end of Skagway's (spelled Skaguay) reign of the bunco l...
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The gritty appeal of a 14th Street liquors sign

The low-rise, rundown buildings on the south side of 14th Street at Eighth Avenue have slowly emptied out—the liquor store moved down the block a few years back, a restaurant closed and nothing reopen...
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1767: Tom, slave of the Baylor family

From The Baylors of Newmarket: The Decline and Fall of a Virginia Planter Family, by Thomas Katheder. The specific “Baylor” referenced in this text is John Baylor III, a slave merchandisin...
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Kissing Quadrille A New Attraction to the Ball Room Invented by a New York Genius for the Benefit of Bashful Men and Ugly Women.

An ingenious fellow who evidently enjoys that sort of thing, has invented a new quadrille which he terms the “Kissing Quadrille.” It is very sweet; the step and figure perfectly suited to the idea, and the kissing comes in just in time, set to music.


Reprinted from Weekly Varieties, February 22, 1887.

"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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