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Category Archives: Chicago

Henceforth I will be diverting Chicago-related currents of my historical blogorrhea to the website of the Chicago Reader, where they will appear under the rubric Bad News From the Past. Some such content may feelĀ  remedial to close followers of THC, but I’ll try to keep actual recycling to a minimum.

Kansas City Times, August 7, 1919. “One half of one percent” was the allowed alcohol content of “near-beer” under Prohibition. Mince at 14.12 % would definitely be more efficient.

Chicago Tribune, November 23, 1922. I wish people simply wouldn’t do this sort of thing. And no, I don’t have access to the picture on the back page.

acid-12-08-04triba2Chicago Tribune, February 8, 1904. Follow-up on the acid attack on nurse Mary Heide. Very hard to know what’s going on here. “Little girls in the darkness” of an alleyway said something to a random passerby? Ergo the cops decided that blinded Mary was protecting her assailant? Who perforce was a woman, not a man in a fedora and trench coat?

This is one of those instances when I wonder if this is coded reportage and I’m not picking up on some crucial nuance of usage or urban geography or whatever. Like, would the fact that the alley opens on Fiftieth Street seem relevant or illuminating to a wised-up contemporary reader? Was Mary on the game perhaps? Was that a place where girls went to meet girls? In the darkness?

Chicago Tribune, February 7, 1904. Another pH-unbalanced acid-assault drama. This one’s a two-parter that takes a weird tangent. Even by the standards of the genre, I mean. Read More »

Chicago Tribune, November 23, 1922. Acid, typically a weapon of the streets, dissolves an upper-class marriage. Read More »

Detroit News, May 12, 1931. Joseph Godnickle doesn’t sound like a very nice guy, but he did have an excellent name.