A File in the Chicago Opera House creates a stampede among pretty actresses who rush to the street dishabille.
The Chicago Opera House was damaged by fire on Wednesday evening. At the time the alarm was given the members of the McCaull Company were in the dressing rooms doffing their stage clothes and donning street attire. The cry of fire so excited the chorus girls that they rushed from the building into the street, many unmindful of their attire. Bolossy Kiralfy had a quantity of scenery and wardrobe for the production of “The Water Queen” in the building, but fortunately, it was not damaged.
Reprinted from The National Police Gazette, December 29, 1888.
“Love and Tears for the Blue; Tears and Love for the Gray.”
From the silence of sorrowful homes
The desolate mourners go
Lovingly laden with flowers
Alike for the friend and the foe!
Under the sod and dew
Waiting the judgement day,
Under the roses the Blue,
Under the lilies the Gray!
"Decoration Day and its Memories." Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper 2 Jun 1883.
A gang of female rogues, of the East Side, New York, work a little racket of their own.
A New York reporter, while at Seventy-first street, between First and Second avenues, almost lost his eye-glasses and his composure when a girl accosted him and said: “Hey, there cully, chip in wunst for the beer.” She was backed up by half a dozen other amazons, all of whom wore their hair in straight bangs. “Hurry up, now. Chuck in your dust.” The girl took an affectionate grasp on the reporter’s coat-collar and the others closed around. Then the scribe went hurridly into his pocket, flashed up his second last quarter and gave it the female rough. Then they all scattered suddenly in answer to a signal, and a moment later the graceful outlines of Detective Salmon, of the Twenty-eighth precinct, loomed up. He laughed hastily. “You’ve been caught by “Lena’s gang,” he said, “and I suppose they saw the color of your coin. It’s just as well you did give them something, because they use their hands vigorously. Their leader in their neighborhood is a rather pretty Polish Jewess named Lena Meyerheimer, who works when she is not idle at one of the cigar factories up on First avenue. She and her younger sisters are about as tough as young girls can be. The congregate with and emulate the boys of the Sylvan Star gang. Most all her followers are cigar makers, too. That trade seems to have especial attraction for bad girls.”
Reprinted from the National Police Gazette, October 18, 1884.