No. 423
Crime, Eccentricity, and the Sporting Life in 19th Century America.
April 23, 2019

She Stole Her Lover’s Clothes.

A Cincinnati girl parades the streets in male attire and is yanked in for her temerity and immodesty
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She Stole Her Lover’s Clothes.

Stole Her Lover's Clothes

A Cincinnati girl parades the streets in male attire and is yanked in for her temerity and immodesty. [more]


Alice Rowley, a fly young girl of Cincinnati, met and invited Gideon Glen Williams, of the same city, to go to her rooms with her a few days ago. She then proposed that she put on Williams’ clothes and go out and masquerade. This Williams agreed to, provided she would return in a short time. This sweet Alice failed to do, as she was yanked to the station house when about to enter a theatre. At the station she told the sergeant that the owner of the toggery was at her room with nothing but an undershirt on waiting for her return. Williams sat by the stove for more than two hours before his clothes were brought to him from the House of Detention.


Reprinted from National Policer Gazette, November 9, 19