No. 522
Crime, Eccentricity, and the Sporting Life in 19th Century America.
May 14, 2021

December 1860.

Styles for the Month.
December 5, 2016
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"The Witches' Cove," Follower of Jan MandijnYes, it's time for yet another Link Dump.Let's get the show started!The murder of Alice Sterling.The Los Angeles alley that made film history.The theft of the Crown Jewels from the Tower of London.The last WWII German holdouts...were by the North Pole.Before the Wright brothers, there was Aerodrome No. 5.Murders that were allegedly carried out by a
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Strange Company - 5/14/2021

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A few weeks ago, Ephemeral New York put together a post about the former Czech neighborhood once centered around 72nd Street between First and Second Avenues on the Upper East Side. The post generated many comments, with readers either reminiscing about a vanished enclave they remember well or wishing Manhattan still had pockets of ethnic […]
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Ephemeral New York - 5/9/2021

Along with Bertie Whitehead, Abby’s half-sister, May 13th was also the birthday of Helen Craig, famous stage actress best-remembered for Johnny Belinda. Helen Craig, who played Abby in The Legend of Lizzie Borden was born May 13, 1912, a month after Titanic sank. Helen Craig was not a great beauty by Hollywood standards, but a very fine actress. https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0185871/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1 Her portrayal of Abby Borden as a mean, greedy glutton, more than any other thing, has affected the way most people think of Abby Borden. Sadly it was not an accurate portrayal. Helen did some television in her later career, most notably The Waltons. She died in New York City in 1986. She was married to stage and film actor John Beal who played Dr. Bowen in Legend of Lizzie Borden. They are seen together in the publicity photo below.
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Lizzie Borden: Warps and Wefts - 5/13/2021
Youth With Executioner by Nuremberg native Albrecht Dürer … although it’s dated to 1493, which was during a period of several years when Dürer worked abroad. November 13 [1617]. Burnt alive here a miller of Manberna, who however was lately engaged as a carrier of wine, because he and his brother, with the help of […]
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Executed Today - 11/13/2020
8-year-old Alice Sterling disappeared from the steps in front of her father’s Boston barbershop the afternoon of April 10, 1895. The three-day search for Alice ended at a shallow grave in the floor of a nearby barn. Angus Gilbert, a friend of the Sterling family especially fond of little Alice, lived in a room above the barn. Gilbert was charged with her
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Murder By Gaslight - 5/8/2021

LOOK OUT FOR "SOAPY" SMITHSt. Louis DispatchSeptember 23, 1897(Click image to enlarge) e reported himself in good health and money."   New information showing that Soapy Smith did go to St. Louis to check up on his ailing wife, Mary, after leaving Skagway.  Below is the transcription of the article from the St. Louis Dispatch, September 23, 1897. LOOK OUT FOR “SOAPY” SMITH ― The Smooth Man
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Soapy Smith's Soap Box - 5/11/2021
[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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Early American Crime - 2/7/2019
Left His Digits as Souvenirs. | The Pastor Kissed Her.

December 1860.

December 1860 Styles for the Month. [more]

Fig. 1. Morning robe of cashmere broche in roses, with their leaves. A revers of the same, edged with a narrow rose-fluted ribbon, forms the border, the ribbon extending round the bottom of the skirt. Underskirt flounced with delicate embroidery to the waist, with vest to match. A flounce forming a frill length-wise on the chemisette, which is finished with a ruching at the throat. Solferino net, with ruched silk edge, and tassels.

Fig. 2. Evening dress of pink tulle, with two skirts of doubled crape, strapped with purple satin ribbon, low Grecian corsage, and short, fan-shaped sleeve; flowers for the hair, and garniture for the robe of purple rhododendrons.

Fig. 3. Robe of green silk, with small figure, broche in the same color; skirt with five narrow flounces, edged with ribbon runching; round body, with pelerine cape, and floating waist ribbon, broche in the same colors, and edged with velvet. Small bishop sleeves, with a full seam on the front, covered with ruching, wrist finished with a frill, edged with ruched ribbon. Hat of purple velvet, with a wreath of purple berries in their leaves, across the front.


Reprinted from Frank Leslie's Monthly Magazine, December 1860.