No. 542
Crime, Eccentricity, and the Sporting Life in 19th Century America.
January 28, 2022

Hugged and Kissed Each Other’s Wife.

The Mason-Wooley families pay an election bet in the presence of a large crowd, Putnam, MD.
August 30, 2017
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Hugged and Kissed Each Other’s Wife.

Hugged and Kissed Each Other's Wife

The Mason-Wooley families pay an election bet in the presence of a large crowd, Putnam, MD. [more]

John Mason and Martin Wooley recently hugged and kissed each other’s wives in the Town Hall at Putnam, Md., in the presence of 500 people. This remarkable exhibition was made in payment of election bets made, one by the husbands and the other by the wives, by which each wagered the caresses of his or her mate on the election result.


Reprinted from National Police Gazette, December 3, 1892.