May 5, 2017

Says Soapy's ghost robbed him!

Robbed by Soapy's ghost
Denver Post September 13, 1899
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ays Soapy Smith Robbed him
one year - two months after Soapy's demise.

     Paul Calabrese, aged 19, was taken to jail last hopelessly insane. Calabrese lives with his parents at 1819 Platte Street in Denver. Yesterday at the city stock yards he acted queerly and was sent to jail. In the afternoon his father and sister came for him and as he seemed rational he was released.
     Last night, however, he got a club and a butcher knife and said he was going to kill his father, but a policeman arrived in time to prevent the tragedy. All night long Calabrese raved in his cell and his ravings kept all the other prisoners from sleeping.
     Calabrese had been working on a ranch near Fort Lupton. He came home a week ago without any money, and said the man for whom he had been working refused to pay him. Since he has been in jail he blames Soapy Smith and Gus Chase [“Big Ed” Chase] of buncoing, and calls up Smith's spirit to argue with it at the top of his voice. He will be sent to the county hospital.

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Denver District Attorney Booth M. Malone (1898-1900) filed a lunacy case against Calabrese and he was sent to the state insane asylum after he was judged to be insane.

"I owe my success in life to the free advertising I have received in newspapers by the number of lies they have written about me."
Alaska Mining Record, April 5, 1899


1798: Secretary of War William McHenry orders the USS Constitution be made ready for sea. The frigate is launched on October 21, 1797, but had never been put to sea.
1809: Mary Kies receives the first patent given toa woman. It is for the technique of weaving straw with silk and thread.
1814: British attack U.S. troops at Ft. Ontario, Oswego, New York.
1865: The Thirteenth Amendment is ratified, abolishing slavery.
1866: Fort Fletcher in Kansas is abandoned.
1871: The Bear Springs Fight, in which 11 soldiers are killed when Apache Indians, led by Cochise, trap a detail of Cavalry in the Whetson Mountains of Arizona Territory.
1877: Sitting Bull leads his people into Canada, which the Indians call “Grandmother's Land,” a reference to Queen Victoria.
1877: Crazy Horse leads near 900 followers to the Red Cloud Agency at Fort Robinson, Nebraska having been promised a reservation in the Powder River country.
1877: A cattle war breaks out when Jerry Dillon kills an unarmed Paul Dowlin at Dowlin's Mill, New Mexico Territory.
1881: Con man John Bull opens the Turf Exchange on Larimer Street in Denver, Colorado.
1886: A bomb explodes on the fourth day of a workers' strike in Chicago, Illinois.
1891: A music hall, later called Carnegie Hall, is dedicated in New York City.
1892: Congress extends the Geary Chinese Exclusion Act for 10 years. The act requires the Chinese to be registered or face deportation.
1895: Members of the outlaw Doolin Gang are camping on the Cimarron River when a posse comes upon them as they sleep. Tulsa Jack Blake is on guard and spots Deputy William Banks in the dark. Blake fires at Banks, awaking the gang, and a gun fight erupts. Blake continues exchanging shots with Banks until a shot from Banks' hits a bullet on Blake’s cartridge belt, causing it to explode into his body, killing him. Bill Doolin and the other bandits manage to escape. It is believed that the wife of bad man Soapy Smith (Mary Noonan) is related to the Dalton family.

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