“Butch” Cassidy Now Leader of a Body of Brigands in Argentina (1910)


Heres a newspaper report for all you western fans out there!

“Butch” Cassidy Now Leader of a Body of Brigands in Argentina (1910)
(From the Ogden Standard – February 21, 1910)
Former Utah Outlaw and Two Other Daring Hole-in-the-Wall Train Robbers Are Now Terrorizing South American Republic

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Photo – “The Wild Bunch” – front row, left to right: The Sundance Kid, The Tall Texan, Butch Cassidy – standing, left to right, News Carver, Kid Curry – Houston, Texas, circa 1900.
DENVER – The Denver News today says that the State Department in Washington is in receipt of a dispatch that three outlaws from the United States, whose names were at one time upon the tongue of every person in the Rocky Mountain region, have taken up their residence in the Argentine Republic and are leading a band of brigands so powerful that the government itself is forced to pay them tribute. They are masters of a great cattle ranch, which extends into the mountain fastnesses, where are located the headquarters of the outlaws.
The American leaders of the outlaws are George Leroy Parker, alias “Butch Cassidy;” Harry Longbaugh, “The Sundance Kid,” and Harvey Logan, alias “Kid Curry.” Logan was the leader of what was known as the “Wild Bunch,” the gang of outlaws that infested the Hole-in-the-Wall country in Wyoming. Parker held forth in “Buzzard’s Roost,” an inaccesible mountain retreat near the point where the Colorado, Utah and Wyoming boundary lines run together. Each, with their followers, preyed upon the railroads, participating in scores of train robberies, and are credited with many murders. Logan was the most desperate and by far the most resourceful of them all. He has fought and killed officers of the law and no prison has been strong enough to hold him. It is said that the Union Pacific has spent half a million dollars in trying to capture him. Logan’s escape from a prison in Knoxville, Tennessee, when he lassooed a guard with a fine wire, bound him, took his gun and forced a stableman to give him the sheriff’s fleetest horse, on which he escaped into Wyoming, is one of the most spectacular feats of prison-breaking on record.

Ping-Pong Is a Craze (1902)


Ping-Pong Is a Craze (1902)

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(From the Washington D.C. Suburban Citizen – May 3, 1902)
Has Invaded All Sorts of Places from Clubs to Hotels
One Factory is Turning Out a Thousand Sets a Day – The Passion for the Sport has Grown Up Suddenly – Picturesque Language for Game Terms
In the past few days persons walking through the quiet uptown streets have remarked about the number of houses through whose open windows came the staccato “ping! pong!” of the xylonite “table tennis” ball. According to the stories which are told by dealers in sporting goods, thousands of sets of this game have been sold to families in the city, and the demand appears to be increasing.
One factory at Chicopee Falls alone is turning out 1000 sets daily, and is far behind its orders. Ping-pong outfits are going in numbers now to suburban golf clubs. It shows what a hold the sport has taken on its devotees that even the golfing enthusiast must take his ping-pong to the links with him.
“Our greatest demand for complete sets, including the regulation tables, has, of course, come from the clubs,” said a dealer yesterday. “But the women and children have got the fever as bad as the brothers and fathers. If you’re writing about the ping-pong craze you can’t make it too strong. So far as I know we haven’t sold a set to any old ladies’ home yet, but I dare say the game will reach them in time. This craze beats anything I ever heard of. Our belief is that it’s only beginning. Hot weather may affect our sales somewhat but we look for an increased demand next fall.
“Our indoor putting green in the back of the store has been occupied by a ping-pong table for several weeks. Lots of people who never saw the game come in here and watch a few sets, get fascinated by the play and end up buying racquets and balls and a net to take home and set up on their dining room or billiard table. There’s a game going on here almost every hour of the day. People can’t seem to get enough of it.”
The clubs have been and are still the stronghold of the craze, although the newspapers have had more to say about the play in brokers’ offices and on ocean steamers. So sudden has been the passion for the sport, and so much room does the regulation table take up that most of the clubs have had to give up some other sport, in whole or in part, for a time, or else sacrifice part of their dining room space. Nobody seems to object, however. Even the most sedate of club loungers, although he may begin by scoffing at the “child’s play,” ends in becoming either an enthusiast or a disappointed but persistent “duffer.”
College clubs or other clubs frequented by younger men are the worst sufferers from the ping-pong malady. The Harvard Club, early in the winter, put up the little nets on its billiard tables, and billiards have scarcely been played their since. Members pay the same amount per hour for playing ping-pong that they formerly were charged for the use of the billiard tables. The club has since set up, in addition, a real ping-pong board. The Yale Club has four tables in one of the class dining rooms on the ninth floor. The Cornell University Club gives up half its dining room to the pasttime, and the House Committee now talks of letting the whole apartment be used for it, so many of the members want to play; and ping-pong tables can be used as dining tables, if it takes too long to make the change. In a Brooklyn athletic club the ping-pongers have invaded the handball court. Most of these resorts have had or are having ping-pong tournaments, and clever players have been developed in the course of a few weeks.
Boarding houses in all parts of town have been hard hit by the craze. The long table in the back parlor makes a good ping-pong board, and the young man in the hall bedroom two flights up takes delight in making the star boarder look like thirty cents. The landladies are not enthusiastic over the game, because when played in the evening it has a tendency to develop a robust appetite for late suppers.
The vernacular of the sport has not yet reached a high degree of development. For the present, as is the case with any new game, players make free with words and phrases proper to other branches of sport. Expressions like “You dealt ‘em the last time,” “This cue is rotten,” “Off side” are heard around the board. Picturesque language of a different character is also common. The elusive celluloid sphere is as conducive to profanity as the gutta percha. A well-known lawn tennis player has a novelty in the way of ping-pong profanity. When he makes a fault he shouts “Fudge!” or “Goodness gracious!” He explains that he learned the game by playing with his sisters, and it isn’t worth cussin’ about anyway.

Is the Mexican Nation “Locoed” by a Peculiar Weed? (1915)


Is the Mexican Nation “Locoed” by a Peculiar Weed? (1915)

(From the Ogden Standard – September 25, 1915)
Deadly Marihuana Rolled in Cigarettes, Becomes the Curse of the Southern Republic and May Account for the “Bravery” of “Greaser” Bandits Who Defy the United States – The Insanity of Queen Carlotta Is Accounted For in the Familiar Historical Legend of the Poisoned Tea
General Villa tells the United States it can “go to h—.” Mexican troops cross the border and shoot down American ranchers and all in all it seems that the nation south of the Rio Grande would just as soon defy and fight the mighty Uncle Sam as to continue its own internal warfare.
And why?
Are the Mexicans becoming a mightier and braver race, or in the language of Texas, are they becoming “locoed?”
Reports received here indicate that the sudden burst of bravery on the part of the Mexicans is due to an increased use of the weed known as marihuana, which has much the same effect as opium or morphine on its users.
It is believed that a dose of this weed, administered by an enemy, caused Queen Carlotta, wife of Emperor Maximilian, to lose her mind. She now is living alone in a castle in France, still hopelessly insane, 50 years after the potion was administered.
Affects of Drug
The authorities here reported that large quantities of the weed are being imported into Texas from Mexico and causing the Mexicans on this side to nerve themselves to all kinds of daring crimes. The lower-class of Mexicans and Indians are obtaining and using quantities of the drug.
When a Mexican is under the influence of marihuana he imagines that he can, single-handed, whip the entire regular United States army, while if reinforced by several other Mexicans, also under the influence of the drug, he might include a few European nations in his dream conquests.
While under the influence of the marihuana Mexicans are liable to commit murder and when arrested give the authorities great trouble. In fact, a number of Mexicans recently have been shot by Rangers when they resisted arrest, and tried to kill the officers.
In El Paso the devotees of the alluring drug are so numerous and such a menace to law and order that an ordinance recently was passed by the city council making it “unlawful for any person, firm or corporation or association of persons to sell, barter, exchange or give away or to have in his or their possession any marihuana or Indian hemp.” The ordinance further sets forth that the dangerous properties of marihuana and the increasing sale, with resultant injury to public health and public morals, creates a necessity for the law’s rigid enforcement.
Smoked in Cigarettes
The terrible effects of the weed were realized by the late President Porfirio Diaz and during the latter years of his administration an order was in effect making it an offense punishable by death for any person to sell or give away to any soldier marihuana cigarettes or the weed in any other form.
The favorite method of using the weed is to roll the particles into cigarettes. Mexicans who are addicted to the habit say that the indulgence in one cigarette places them in the “seventh heaven.” It brings to them a sense of pleasure and delight that is incomparable and indescribable.
If a limit of one cigarette were set no great lasting harm might come to the indulger, but in order to keep up the feeling of elation another and perhaps another of the paper-wrapped poison is consumed, until the victim is in a state of wild frenzy. When in this condition he often goes on a rampage that brings death to whoever crosses his path. The period of temporary insanity lasts for several hours and is followed by the victim falling into a deep sleep that lasts 24 hours or more. He awakes with no knowledge of what has transpired while the full effects of the drug were upon him. It takes only a few months of constant indulgence in the cigarette habit to bring on permanent insanity.
It is stated that the marihuana weed grows profusely over a large area of Mexico and that it is found in considerable quantities on the Texas side of the Rio Grande River. In some districts it is a menace to livestock. The animals quickly learn to like the weed and when once they have obtained a taste for it they will eat nothing else. It brings death to them in a short time.
Really a Loco-Weed
In fact, the marihuana seems to be nothing less than the loco-weed that causes insanity to both men and beast. If the devastation of the drug is so great on this side of the Rio Grande, with our jails filled with men who have committed crimes while under the influence of the drug, and with our insane asylums filled with those who have lost their minds through the use of marihuana, imagine the terrible effect of its indulgence on the people of Mexico and then ask the question: Where do the Mexican bandits get their nerve to commit their attacks on the Americans and where do leaders summon courage to defy the government at Washington?
Then think of poor Queen Carlotta in her castle in France, with the doors of her mind closed forever from the light of understanding, apparently from an overdose of the drug administered in the form of tea by one of the enemies of her husband, Maximilian. The poor queen in her castle has been for fifty years and more awaiting death. Last year when the Germans invaded France they placed signs on this lone castle warning that anyone who disturbed the mad queen, as she is called, would be subject to severe punishment.
For Queen Carlotta is an Austrian and the Kaiser desired that she be protected, and the German soldiers responded nobly to his wishes, even refusing to fight in the vicinity of her castle.
History of a Queen
The story of Queen Carlotta’s insanity is one of the saddest in all of history, and her fate is even worse than that of her husband, who was shot to death at the direction of the French. As retribution for this deed they have given the queen the castle in the northern part of their domain and have maintained her for fifty years or more at their expense.
Here are the events that led to Maximilian’s regency in Mexico, his tragic end and the insanity of his queen:
In 1861 the Liberals and Conservatives in Mexico, while in the midst of one of those revolutions such as we have at the present day, seized on the property of foreigners. In consequence, Great Britain, France and Spain concluded a Triple Alliance at London with a view to forcing Mexico to pay indemnities. In December, 1861, a force of the Triple Alliance landed at Vera Cruz and occupied it without resistance, the Mexican troops having evacuated. After a successful conquest of many states it became apparent that the Emperor, Napoleon III, intended to interfere with the government of Mexico and perhaps establish a monarchy. The British and Spanish troops thereupon were withdrawn and the remainder of the conquest was left to the French troops.
On June 10, 1863, the French troops under General Forey entered the City of Mexico after it had been evacuated by President Juarez and his Republican troops. General Forey established a junta of 35 Mexican citizens and permitted them to establish an assembly of notables which decreed that Mexico in the future would be an empire with a Roman Catholic prince as sovereign to bear the title of Emperor. The crown thereupon was offered to Archduke Maximilian of Austria, of the Imperial House of Hapsburg.
The French were firmly established in the heart of Mexico but the army of Juarez still were firmly established in the southern and western portion of the country; and the contest of arms continued with varying fortune until the early part of 1864 when the Archduke Maximilian of Austria arrived in the Mexican capital to be proclaimed Emperor of Mexico. Maximilian was accompanied by his iill-fated wife who became the Empress Carlotta and the first lady of the new Empire. Maximillion had been placed on the Mexican throne through the instrumentality of the Emperor Napoleon.
The year 1864 was an eventful one in the history of Mexico. The French captured the city of Matamoras and the whole Mexican army was forced to surrender and become prisoners of war.
However, when the Civil War in the United States closed, the vitality of the Maximilian Empire declined. The United States, because of its internal affairs, was unable to act before, but when peace was restored the Monroe Doctrine was cited and the French were invited to leave Mexico. The French thereupon evacuated the country, leaving Maximilian and his imperialist followers to defend themselves against the Juarists. Maximilian remained despite the warning of Napoleon III to leave the country.
In May, 1876, the Juarists captured Maximilian and he and two of his generals were shot to death on June 19.
But before the death of Maximilian, the Mexicans had taken revenge upon his queen. Several of her servitors are said to have given her tea which contained the deadly marihuana. The potion was so strong that she soon lost her mind.
So the marihuana is more deadly today than it was in the time of Queen Carlotta, for the Mexicans now are using it in cigarettes, and with each cigarette the desire to take the United States and annex it to Mexico seems to become stronger. And so the victims of the drug sleep on with their minds wandering far into the regions of the impossible, for its marihuana after all -and not real nerve and courage – that seems to be behind Mexico.Marihu Carlotta