No. 448
Crime, Eccentricity, and the Sporting Life in 19th Century America.
November 19, 2019

Giddy Young Girls.

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Chapter 2
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Giddy Young Girls.

Giddy Young Girls

They are infatuated with two minstrel men, but their mothers interfere, Winchester, Ind. [more]

A scene was enacted at Winchester, Ind., by the reckless escapade indulged in by two young ladies of Greenville, O., who became infatuated with two members of Cleveland’s Minstrel Company and followed them from Greenville to that place. Friends of the girls suspected their intentions, and had in turn followed them. The girls registered at a hotel, and were just on the point of retiring, having engaged separate rooms, when they were surprised, not to say paralyzed, by the sudden and alarming appearance of their mothers. The old ladies “had blood in their eyes,” and a dramatic scene was only averted by the quick surrender of the girls and their departure for home. The entertainment hadn’t closed when the ladies left, and the two disappointed showmen afforded spectators considerable amusement by their efforts to locate their friends before they learned of the old ladies’ visit and the announced change of programme. The showmen are married men.


Reprinted from the National Police Gazette, December 8, 1894