No. 461
Crime, Eccentricity, and the Sporting Life in 19th Century America.
February 17, 2020

Pretty Female Billiardists

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(Thanks to Henry-Clement Sanson for the guest post. The former executioner — the last of his illustrious dynasty comprising six generations of bourreaux — was the grandson of that dread figure of the Paris Terror, Charles Henri Sanson. Henry-Clement’s Memoirs of the Sansons: From Private Notes and Documents (1688-1847) describes some famous or infamous executions […]
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"Denver's Oldest Bar" matchbook cover outside cover - A (Click image to enlarge) new addition to my collection A matchbook cover from "Denver’s Oldest Bar" is a new acquisition to my private Soapy Smith collection. Though it is a "modern" item from the 1960s-70s, it has a direct link to Soapy Smith. "Denver’s Oldest Bar" was once controlled by Soapy, under the name, "Tivoli Club,
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Soapy Smith's Soap Box - 2/7/2020

"Boston Globe," August 19, 1905, via Newspapers.com The true-crime writer F. Tennyson Jesse suggested that not only are some people "born murderers," others are "born murderees." It is when these two types of people happen to find each other that you get A Situation. It is an interesting theory, but one that tends to fall apart once you study murder cases. For example, it is hard to find
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Strange Company - 2/17/2020
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Lizzie Borden: Warps and Wefts - 12/29/2019
Every day since Halloween 2007, the blog ExecutedToday.com has posted a story of an execution that took place on that date in history somewhere in the world. While this certainly says something about the human condition over time, it also says something about the determination and thoroughness of the blogger of ExecutedToday.com, who goes by the epithet Headsman. As someone who has scrambled to
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Murder By Gaslight - 2/15/2020

Wherever rich New Yorkers built their homes in the 19th century, they also built private stables for their expensive horses and carriages—with upstairs living quarters for a coachman or groom. So when Upper Fifth Avenue along Central Park became the city’s new Millionaire Mile during the Gilded Age, certain Upper East Side blocks to the […]
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Ephemeral New York - 2/17/2020
[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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Pretty Female Billiardists

Pretty Female Billiardists

Philadelphia, Oct. 1888 – Miss Disston and Miss Minnie Lippincott of Philadelphia, PA., do some marvelous manipulating of the cues. [more]Last week the Philadelphia Times gave an account of Miss Disston’s marvelous shooting at a beach gallery. It will now record the names of a brilliant party at billiards a few nights ago at the Hotel Brighton, among whom were Miss Minnie Lippincott of Philadelphia. The young lady is probably nineteen years of age and is a demi blonde. She is tall and shapely and a quick and graceful player. She can make the balls fly about the table after the manner of Sexton, and much of her time is devoted to fancy shots of finger billiards. She would astonish Yank Adams if he could get a chance to see her play his favorite game. The largest three runs made by her were 110, 89 and 56. Edward Webster, who was playing with her, ran 81, 65 and 52.


Reprinted from The National Police Gazette, October 13, 1888