No. 428
Crime, Eccentricity, and the Sporting Life in 19th Century America.
June 19, 2019

Chorus Girls Fight.

Two of the charming girls who pose as "living pictures" in Rice's "1492" have a wordy war, which end
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Chloroformed While She Slept. | Willie Craig Was a Girl.

Chorus Girls Fight.

Chorus Girls Fight

Two of the charming girls who pose as "living pictures" in Rice's "1492" have a wordy war, which ends in a hand-to-hand conflict.

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It may have been notice by some who were in the audience at the Garden Theatre, in New York city, on a recent night that one of the ladies who appeared in several of the “living pictures” was in a very nervous and apparently almost tearful condition.

The lady was Miss Nana Walsh, who besides posing in the pictures is a member of the “1492” chorus, and according to the story told by some of the other who were behind the scenes at the time, she had very good cause to be nervous and tearful. While the preparations for the living pictures were being made a great commotion suddenly arose in one o the dressing rooms. It was found that Miss Walsh and another chorus girl, Miss Kitty Connors, were indulging in a fight. What the quarrel was about no one could learn, but before the girls could be separated, Miss Connors, who is much the larger of the two, had blackened bother her rival’s eyes, besides otherwise marring her beauty.


Reprinted from National Police Gazette, September 22,1894.