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Nellie Bly's expose on gambling at the popular Saratoga resort...



Item # 639546

August 19, 1894

THE WORLD, New York, Aug. 19, 1894 

* Nellie Bly expose reporting
* "Our Wickedest Summer Resort"


Although Nellie Bly's is perhaps most famous for her trip around the world in 72 days, most of her work as a reporter for the World newspaper was exposing various vices in society. She was a pioneer in her field, and launched a new kind of investigative journalism.
This issue has a terrific & very detailed report from her on the gambling at Saratoga, New York, with heads on the 2nd section including: "OUR WICKEDEST SUMMER RESORT" "Nellie Bly Pictures The Wild Vortex of Gambling and Betting by Men, Women and Children at Saratoga" 'Money-Mad by Day and By Night" "The Shameful Story of Vice and Crime, Dissipation & Profligacy at This Once Most Respectable Watering-Place" "Little Children Who Play The Horses" "Reputable and Disreputable Women..." and more (see). Included is a rather large print: "A Saturday Night Scene in the Gambling Rooms at the Saratoga Club House" and also a print of: "Saratoga's Boss Gambler...". The nearly full page article is signed by her in type: Nellie Bly.
Her article begins: "Saratoga is the wickedest spot in the United States. Crime is holding a convention there and vice is enjoying a festival such as it never dared approach before I was told so, I rather doubted it, and I went there to see..." with so much more (see). She described Saratoga as "gambling mad," with men, women, and children placing betting the horses at the track, and money flowing freely at the various casinos. She also interviewed Cale Mitchell, the village president and proprietor of Saratoga's "most notorious gaming rooms." (see print of him)
Nellie Bly worked exclusively for the New York World newspaper so her work would only be reported in this newspaper, save for perhaps limited mention in other competing newspapers.
Complete in 36 pages, light toning, minor margin wear, otherwise nice but should be handled carefully due to potential fragility.

Category: Post-Civil War

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