No. 452
Crime, Eccentricity, and the Sporting Life in 19th Century America.
December 14, 2019

A Monkey and Dog Time.

The novel bating match in Van Wert, Ohio, between a Marion gorilla and a Fort Wayne, Indiana Canine.
February 23, 2015
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Executed Today - 12/12/2019
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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Soapy Smith's Soap Box - 3/25/2019
William J. Elder, aged 61, was addicted to drink and when under its influence was violent and uncontrollable. His wife tolerated his abuse as long as she could then packed up and moved out of their farm in Hammonton, New Jersey, leaving behind her two sons, Robert and Mathew. In 1887, 19-year-old Robert Elder moved out of his father’s house as well. 12-Year old Mathew Elder was still
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Murder By Gaslight - 12/7/2019

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Ephemeral New York - 12/9/2019
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A Monkey and Dog Time.

Monkey and Dog

The novel bating match in Van Wert, Ohio, between a Marion gorilla and a Fort Wayne, Indiana Canine. [more]

A fight between the thoroughbred English bulldog Jack and an African gorilla occurred recently at Van Wert, Ohio. The dog was owned by W. H. Steward, of Fort Wayne, Ind., and weighed about forty pounds. The ape belonged in Marion, Ind., and was nearly twice as heavy. The stakes were a $1000 purse. As soon as the animals faced each other the dog fastened his teeth in the ape’s neck, but seemed unable to penetrate the thick hide of the latter. Quick as a flash the gorilla had the dog in his long arms and broke his back by main strength. He sunk his long tusks repeatedly into the neck and spine of the bulldog until the blood flowed in streams. The dog was utterly helpless, and his owner threw up the sponge to save him from being killed just as the dog fell over dead.


Reprinted from National Police Gazette, January 4, 1890