No. 425
Crime, Eccentricity, and the Sporting Life in 19th Century America.
May 20, 2019

A Memphis Badger Game.

January 27, 2014

Chapter 2
Catholic priest Jan Bula was hanged on this date in 1952 at Jihlava A Rokytnice pastor, Bula (English Wikipedia entry | the more detailed Czech and German) put himself in the gunsights of the postwar Communist state by defying its strictures on proselytization and commenting publicly against them. Although perhaps a gadfly from the state’s […]
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Lizzie Borden : Warps & Wefts - 4/23/2019
Montreal Gazette, October 13, 1857, via William Townsend was, on the whole, a very ordinary sort of villain. His numerous grim deeds were brutishly uncomplicated, wholly lacking any of the originality, enterprise, or even flashes of humor that go to make some crimes permanently capture the public imagination. Townsend, in his private life, had a talent for mimicry that in
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Jeff and Joe Soapy Smith buries Joe Simmons The Illustrated Police News April 9, 1892 (Click image to enlarge) oe Simmons was a tall, slender gambler known to many as “Gambler Joe” Simmons, a member of the Soap Gang who managed Soapy Smith's Tivoli Club in Denver, 1890, and Soapy's Orleans Club in Creede, 1892. According to William Devere’s poem "Two Little Busted Shoes," Simmons
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In July 1890, a man came into the 126th Street Police Station in Harlem, New York City, to report a conversation he had overheard in an elevated train. A young man and woman sitting near him were talking about the mysterious disappearance of Miss Goodwin from the Storm King flats on East 126th Street. They believed that she had been foully dealt with by “professional malpractioners.” The woman
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I’m not the first old sign enthusiast who came across this beauty of a beer sign on the tenement at 317 East Fifth Street. Grieve wrote it up back in January, and I’m sure other fans walking along this quiet East Village block noticed the ancient signage, too. “S. Cort Wines & Lager Beer” the […]
Ephemeral New York - 5/19/2019
[Editor’s note: Guest writer, Peter Dickson, lives in West Sussex, England and has been working with microfilm copies of The Duncan Campbell Papers from the State Library of NSW, Sydney, Australia. The following are some of his analyses of what he has discovered from reading these papers. Dickson has contributed many transcriptions to the Jamaica Family […]
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Society Unveiled. | The Pancake Incident.

A Memphis Badger Game.

Memphis Badger Game

A Memphis Badger Game.
Lillie King and her husband try to work James Yonge for a sucker to the tune of $5,000.

[more]James Yonge, a wealthy Memphis, Tenn. man, was out for a walk the other day when he struck up a flirtation with Mrs. Lillie King, the young and pretty wife of a newspaper carrier. Later he received a note from the fair Lillie, asking him to call at her residence the next evening a certain hour, when her husband would be out. He did so, and the night being warm, removed some of his clothing, Mrs. King doing likewise. At this moment the woman’s husband stepped from a closet, armed with a revolver, and threatened to wipe out in blood the stain upon his honor. Finally King said he would postpone the gore-spilling act provided Yonge handed over $5,000. Not having the ready cash the entrapped man gave his notes for that amount but worded them in such a way that they were valueless. When King’s lawyer presented the notes for collection Yonge demanded that they be returned to him or he would prosecute both lawyer and King for blackmail. Yonge received the notes.


Reprinted from The National Police Gazette, October 24, 1892.