Chicago Tribune, February 9, 1871. When and why did Williamsburgh lose its terminal “h”? Shouldn’t some hipster conservationists be battling for its restoration? Anyway, it’s awesome to contemplate all of those Gilded Age harness bulls dragging up to catch a vampire.
“With a long stiletto gleaming in the moonlight”–tight!
This is a commonplace in late 19th-century journalism, and indeed we have seen it before: If a guy goes bat-shit violent against women, it’s only because some trifling bint had done him wrong.
I’m not sure what to make of that postscript. Was any of this legit, or was it a crazy-ass hysteria like our gloved French hypodermic child molesters?