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Category Archives: Hard luck in bunches

vegasaDetroit News, May 30, 1931. It used to be so much easier to get your name in the papers.

fourtha Detroit Times, April 23, 1931. I think I’ve adequately supported the assertion I made in an early post that the tabloids of this era were “all about suicide.” This item goes above and beyond in servicing the public’s craving for tiny tales of self-deliverance. I’m curious how this compressed family saga (ripped from the United Press wire service) came to be reported in the first place. Did some editor with a particularly adhesive memory for suicide stories recognize the name Abadie on a police blotter, go to his newspaper’s “morgue” (as the indexed archives of newspapers were then and very aptly called) and hunt up the details? Did a reporter or legman stumble on the story a neighborhood saloon? Or did most everyone in New Orleans know that Abadie clan suffered from pan-blackened souls?

Also: What would they have said the story was for? Why go nationwide with such a story?

But then, who am I to be critical?

hard-luck-5-21-31a1Detroit News, May 21, 1931. Poor fella’s bad luck even extends to the quality of the image reproduction of his story. I will transcribe:

“LAUREL, Del., May 21.–Weathering the severe drouth which it the agricultural section, Leon Tyndall suffered a severe injury to his foot which sent him to bed after he had tried to jump from beneath a falling tree.
Scarcely had be recovered when he was taken ill with appendicitis, and had to undergo an operation.
Then an automobile truck killed one of his best mules, and he caught his hand in a ripsaw and severely injured several fingers.”

I sympathize. But I’m also glad to read that Mr. Tyndall had auxiliary mules of reasonable quality to fall back on.