August 13, 2009

The power that is Soapy Smith

A fantasy handbill

F
rom the Rocky Mountain News 1893 comes a great example of the power Soapy Smith held in Denver, Colorado. Time and again he goes unpunished while others feel the power of the law.

James Ellis, from Jackson, Mich., complained to the police that he had been buncoed out of $110 in the Tivoli gambling rooms. The proprietors returned the cash.

In the same issue inches away...

John Sullivan, who stole a coat from the central fire station, was sentenced to sixty days in jail by justice Stidger.
Roy Chadu and Fred Williamson were each sentenced to four months in jail for working a flim flam game on a florist named Hickman.

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