Interesting little window onto Chicago sporting life in 1876. I’m guessing it’s the gallows for Albert Curtis Smith. I shall try to follow up on this. . .
Oh yeah: they hanged his ass. But only because he refused to cop a manslaughter plea. Bad move, Albert. A far more richly textured account of the matter after the jump.Chicago Tribune, November 11, 1877. Interesting: Apparently Cook County wasn’t big on capital punishment at this time. But obviously they were willing to make an exception for a brother. Especially one with the temerity to be messing with white women, however abased.
Oh wait: Here’s an even more vivid account of the slaying and its circumstances, from September 3, 1876:
I wish they’d explained where “Biler avenue” was. Wouldn’t mind learning more about Dan Webster, “professional bailsman of the colored population,” either.