Chicago Inter-Ocean, September 2, 1894. That bit from silent movies in which the bad guy ties his victim to the railway tracks before an oncoming train? That is totally Stuff People Actually Used To Do. Not just once or twice either. It seems to have been an enduring favorite in the Blackguard’s Playbook.
I have to say that as a reader I find it distracting, this archaic practice of making the sub-headlines
A CONTINUOUS PART OF THE TEXT.
I’m not at all sorry that they
STOPPED DOING THAT SHIT.
But I guess as vexations go in this fallen world, that isn’t so bad. . .
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Whew. Okay, now some words from the attending physician.
Vultures. Of course, who am I to be critical?
A guy heard him screaming for help. Christ.