The "sawdust game," was a confidence scam that only swindled those who deserved to be swindled.
The term “bunco” has come to mean to any type of swindle, but in the 19th century it usually referred to a confidence game involving crooked gambling.
The Audacity of a Professional Thief.
Elberon, New Jersey, Sept., 1892 - Miss Elvira Jordan retains her presence of mind and brings her runaway team to a standstill.
Miss Elvira Jordan, daughter of the proprietor of the hotel Elberon, at Elberon, N. J. and Miss Marianne Jackson of New York, were driving along Ocean avenue the other day when the horses attached to their carriage became frightened and ran away. Miss Jackson was thrown from the vehicle, but Miss Jordan retained her seat, and after a run of several miles finally managed to bring the frightened animals to a standstill. Miss Jackson was badly injured.
Reprinted from The National Police Gazette, October 1, 1892.