August 16, 2009

More on Ned "Banjo" Parker...

From The Yankton Press and Union and Dakotaian (South Dakota), July 1874.

A chap called Ned Parker amused the people two evenings last week by selling tooth-paste, singing songs, and selling one dollar chances for drawing money prizes in a lottery which was of course so arranged that he must win. He had an arrangement made with a Yankton man, to let him draw the $100 prize and pay back to Parker the most of it. This of course is the usual practice of all such swindling games, but this time his game did not work very well. When Parker came around to claim the return of the money used as a decoy, our sensible Yankton man told him the less he said about that, the better for him, for it might get him into trouble and spoil his lottery trade. Parker didn't get his money back.

he newspaper man was mistaken that it was a "usual practice" to use residents as shills. The report has me wondering where the reporter obtained his information. Certainly not from Parker himself. If it was from the Yankton man then as an accesory to the swindle would he not be at the very least, asked to hand back the money to some of his fellow citizens who lost their money so he could gain $100?

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