No. 584
Crime, Eccentricity, and the Sporting Life in 19th Century America.
December 7, 2022

Mabel Punched the Swell.

How Miss Livingston, the well-known singer, resented an insult at Macon, Ga.
April 16, 2018
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Mabel Punched the Swell.

Mabel Punches the Swell

How Miss Livingston, the well-known singer, resented an insult at Macon, Ga. [more]

Miss Mabel Livingston, the well-known female baritone singer, who is at present filling an engagement at Macon, Ga., had a little experience the other night with three heavy swells, which ended in her punching the face off one of them. The men bought front seats at the theatre. They smiled at the little beauty and applauded her freely. After she had finished her songs the sent in their cards and asked if they could see her in the green room. She said yes. So they went in and order half a dozen bottles of wine, after which one of them told Miss Livingston he would like to kiss her. Then she left them. They sent for her again, and she, thinking they intended to apologize, returned. As soon as she entered the room, the offending man caught hold of her hands. She pulled way form him and landed a right-hand swing on his jaw, sending him over a table.


Reprinted from National Police Gazette, November 14, 1896.