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The murder of Jennie Cramer... The arrest of Blanche Douglass...

Item #689305

August 07, 1881

THE NEW YORK TIMES, August 13, 1881

* The murder of Jennie E. Cramer

* "The Elm City Tragedy" - New Haven's "Beautiful Victim"

* Blanche Douglass arrested

The front page has the single-column heading: "THE DEAD NEW HAVEN GIRL", with subheading: "A Warrant Issued For The Arrest Of The Douglass Woman", followed by additional details (see photos). T... See More  

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John Anderson the fugitive slave... "headsman of the Tower" will not be replaced...

Item #689267

March 09, 1861

THE ILLUSTRATED LONDON NEWS, England, March 9, 1861  “The Fugitive Anderson” on page 3 is about John Anderson, the famous fugitive slave who escaped to Canada evading the pursuit of bounty hunters. While on the run he killed a farmer who intended to legally recapture Anderson and send him back into his master’s custody. Anderson lived and worked in Canada West from 1854 to A... See More  

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1874 death of Charles Sumner....

Item #689240

March 14, 1874

THE NEW YORK HERALD, March 14, 1874 

* Charles Sumner death

* American politician - Massachusetts senator

* Anti-slavery leader - Civil Rights advocate

The top of the page 3 has one column headings: "SUMNER" "Last Honors in Washington to the Dead Senator" and more. (see) Lengthy text.

Other news of the day. Complete with all 12 pages in nice condition.... See More  

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Refitting a yacht for continued slave trading...

Item #689216

January 12, 1859

THE NEW YORK TIMES, January 12, 1859

* The Wanderer (slave ship)

Page 3 has about 1/2 of a column of text headed: "The 'Wanderer' Africans Westward-Bound-Curious Scenes" and more which concerns the yacht Wanderer possibly being involved with the African slave trade.

Other news of the day. Eight pages, nice condition.

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German language newspaper from Harrisburg...

Item #689207

October 11, 1832

HARRISBURGER MORGENROTHE, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Oct. 11, 1832 

* Rare publication

* German language newspaper

A quite scarce newspaper for the German speaking community in the Harrisburg area, printed entirely in the German language. Gregory's "Union List of American Newspapers" notes that only the Pennsylvania State Library has a reasonable run of this title, two oth... See More  

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H.H. Holmes arrested... 1st U.S. serial killer...

Item #689102

November 30, 1894


* re. H.H. Holmes arrest

* Herman Webster Mudgett

* 1st U.S. serial killer

The front page has a brief article with small heading: "Pitezel Is In South America" with subhead. (see) Brief coverage on the recent arrest and indictment of H.H. Holmes, America's 1st serial killer.

Complete with all 10 pages, light toning, generally nice... See More  

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From 1850 Greensboro, 11 years before the outbreak of the Civil War...

Item #689066

May 25, 1850

THE GREENSBOROUGH PATRIOT, (Greensboro), North Carolina, May 25, 1850

* Rare Antebellum publication

Rarely are we able to secure antebellum newspapers from this city.

A typical newspaper of the day with news reports both local and national. Most of the back page is taken up with advertisements, a few of which are illustrated.

Four pages, very condition.... See More  

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1885 Vicksburg, Mississippi...

Item #689040

November 24, 1851

THE VICKSBURG EVENING POST, Mississippi, Nov. 24, 1885

* Rare publication from the 19th century South

A very uncommon publication from the South. News of the day with several advertisements.

Complete with 4 pages, a little margin wear with some small tears, generally good.

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General George Custer.. Black Hills' gold...

Item #689018

September 01, 1874

THE NEW YORK HERALD, Sept. 1, 1874

* General George Armstrong Custer

* Black Hills gold - South Dakota expedition ENDS

The front page has a few related article headed: "Return Of the Black Hills Expedition" with subheads. (see)

Other news of the day. Complete with 8 pages, nice condition.

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1871 Ku Klux Klan in the South...

Item #689015

July 07, 1871

THE NEW YORK TIMES, July 7, 1871

* Ku Klux Klan - KKK

* Southern trials

The front page has two related article headed: "The Kuklux" with subheads. (see) Complete with 8 pages, nice condition.

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John Kehoe & the Molly Maguires...

Item #689008

December 18, 1878

BETHLEHEM DAILY TIMES, Pennsylvania, December 18, 1878

* Molly Maguire execution

* John Kehoe hanging (same day 1st report)

 The back page has an article headed: "The Execution of John Kehoe" Printing on the opposite page (pg. 3) causes light readability in this article. (see)

Complete in 4 pages, small piece torn away along the blank margin, generally nice.... See More  

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1890 James A. Garfield Memorial dedication...

Item #688979

May 31, 1890

THE SCRANTON REPUBLICAN, Pennsylvania, May 31, 1890

* James. A. Garfield Memorial

* Lake View Cemetery dedication

* Cleveland, Ohio monument

The top of the front page has a one column heading: "GARFIELD MEMORIAL" with subheads. (see) Text takes up about 1 1/2 columns, all on the front page.

Complete with 6 pages, light toning and minor wear at the margins, generally nice, Shoul... See More  

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1890 Robert E. Lee statue unveiling... Richmond...

Item #688948

May 30, 1890

THE SCRANTON REPUBLICAN, Pennsylvannia, May 30, 1890

* Robert E. Lee monument - statue dedication

* Confederate Civil War General - commander

* Monument Avenue - Richmond, Virginia

The top-middle of the front page has a one column heading: "THE LEE MONUMENT" with subheads that include: "Its Unveiling at Richmond, Virginia Yesterday" and more. This is the statue that Vi... See More  

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Thomas Edison invents the phonograph...

Item #688936

December 22, 1877

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, New York, Dec. 22, 1877 

* Inventor Thomas Edison

* The phonograph invented

* Best title to have this in ?

Page 2 has an extremely significant article headed: The Talking Phonograph" which begins: "Mr. Thomas Edison recently came into our office, placed a little machine on our desk, turned a crank, and the machine inquired as to our health, asked how we ... See More  

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Famous "telegraph" baseball game...

Item #688931

September 23, 1870

NEW-YORK TIMES, Sept. 23, 1870  Page 3 has: "Base-Ball The Championship Contest--Mutual vs. Atlantic--The Mutuals Win the Champion Pennant --Score 10 to 4". The summary (see) mentions that there was: "...a very large gathering of spectators on the Union Grounds...despite the fact that the admission fee was double the usual charge." Also says there was the largest gathering... See More  

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1878 Pittsfield, Massachusetts... Berkshire County...

Item #688928

December 04, 1878

THE PITTSFIELD SUN, Massachusetts, Dec. 4, 1878

* Berkshire County 

* American Indians war era

This uncommon title has news of the day with several interesting advertisements.

Complete with all 8 pages, a little at folds, minor margin wear, generally nice.

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Item #688909

February 14, 1880

FRANK LESLIE'S ILLUSTRATED NEWS, February 14, 1880 Full front-page image of De Lesseps and his engineers at Panama before beginning the canal. Coverage continues on pg. 7.

Additionally, pg. 12 has images from the Dakota Territory and Mail Service on the Yellowstone Route during the winter. Also, images of the Annual Reception and festival of Palestine Commandery and the Knights Templar; Opera... See More  

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From the heart of Thomas Jefferson's Presidency...

Item #688881
(5) UNITED STATES GAZETTE, For The Country, Philadelphia, 1807-1809  A lot of 5 issues offering an interesting insight into the early period of the Jeffersonian era, as the government transitioned away from Federalist policy. Average condition with minor rubbing and foxing. The images show an example of the condition and look of the issues you will receive. Actual dates vary within the years ... See More  

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1870 Cincinnati Red Stockings baseball....

Item #688793

June 19, 1870

NEW YORK HERALD, June 19, 1870 

* Cincinnati Red (reds) Stockings

* Early baseball w/ box scores

Page 8 has an article headed: "The National Game" with subhead and box scores. (see) The Redstockings ended there 81 game winning streak just a few days prior.

Complete with 12 pages, a little irregular long the spine, generally in good condition.

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Working to abolish alcoholic beverages...

Item #688677
YOUNG WOMEN, Chicago, August, 1896  An interesting magazine published by the Young Women's Christian Temperance Union whose focus was the outlaw of alcoholic beverages. They also worked to promote women's right to vote.

A penned note at the top: "This is our last issue. Consolidated with Union Signal."

Decorative title page, 8 pages, 9 1/2 by 13 inches, irregular at the sp... See More  

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Hetch Hetchy Valley description in an uncommon title...

Item #688616

November 25, 1882

WASHINGTON WORLD AND CITIZEN-SOLDIER, Washington, D.C., Nov. 25, 1882  Although the content is wide-ranging, as the title indicates, a fair amount of the articles relate to the military & government.

Page 7 has an interesting article headed: "A Rival to Yosemite", which tells of another dramatic valley slight to the north of Yosemite: Hetch Hetchy. Many decades later much of th... See More  

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1873 Drummond Mine explosion... Nova Scotia...

Item #688605

May 16, 1873


* Drummond Mine explosion disaster

* Westville, Pictou County, Nova Scotia

The top of page 7 has a one column headings: "WESTVILLE EXPLOSION" with subheads. (see) Text takes up more than 2 full columns.

Complete with 12 pages, nice condition.

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Juneteenth-themed reporting...

Former slaves are to remain with their former masters(?)...

Item #688597

July 16, 1865

NEW YORK TIMES, from New York, July 16, 1865  The last column on page three has the heading: "From New Orleans and Texas",  it being an order by General Gordon Granger - a follow-up to his historic General Order No. 3 which declared all slaves in Texas to be free. Both orders recommended the Freedmen to remain with their former masters, who were now to become their employers. T... See More  

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The antebellum South... Wilmington NC...

Item #688590

July 11, 1853

THE DAILY JOURNAL, Wilmington, North Carolina, July 11, 1853  

* Rare antebellum publication

* Woman slave wanted ad

This early Southern publication has news of the day with several advertisements.

Four pages, a little irregular along the spine, generally nice.... See More  

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A few neat illustrated advertisements...

Item #688584

* Illustrated advertisements

* Early 19th century original

The front page is filled with advertisements, including illustrated ads for a steam boat and at least i15 illustrated ship ads. The back page has an ad for a stagecoach and more.

Four pages, a little light staining, generally nice.... See More  

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Washington Harrison Donaldson ballooning...

Item #688582

September 03, 1874

THE NEW YORK HERALD, Sept. 3, 1874

* Washington Harrison Donaldson

* Ballooning in New Jersey

* Indians - Native Americans

The front page has a one column heading: "Donaldson's Latest Aerial Voyage" Also another one column heading: "The Frontier Troubles" with subhead. (see) Brief text on both reports.

Other news of the day. Complete in 8 pages, a few tiny margin t... See More  

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Mary Todd Lincoln declared insane...

Item #688581

May 20, 1875


* Mary Todd Lincoln INSANE

* President Abraham's wife

The front page has somewhat inconspicuous report that begins with: "Mrs. Lincoln, widow of President Lincoln, has been adjudged insane by the County Court at Chicago..." (see)

Complete in 4 pages, nice condition.

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Meridian race riot of 1871....

Item #688509

March 08, 1871

NEW YORK TRIBUNE, March 8, 1871

* Meridian MS Mississippi

* Race riot - Freedmen

* KKK Ku Klux Klan

Page 6 has an article under: "Life In The South" with subheads. (see) Coverage on the Meridian, Mississippi race riot.

Other news of the day. Complete in 12 pages, light toning at the margins, generally nice.... See More  

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Rabbi Morris Jacob Raphall supports slavery based on the Bible...

Item #688495

January 05, 1861

NEW YORK HERALD, January 5, 1861 

* Rabbi Morris... Morris Jacob Raphall

* The Biblical view of slavery

* B'nai Jeshurun (Manhattan Synagogue)

The last column of the front page is taken up with a lengthy report, carrying over to take all of pages 2, 3,4 and 5, with heads including: "STATE OF THE UNION" "Our National Fast Day" "Its General Observance in th... See More  

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1837 Slave advertisement...

Item #688474

June 14, 1837

THE GLOBE, Washington, D.C., June 14, 1837 

* Slavery - slaves - Negroes

An advertisement on page 3 is headed: "Cash For Negroes" noting: "I will give the highest cash price for likely Negroes, from ten to twenty-five years of age..." with just a bit more (see).

News of the day with other interesting advertisements. Four pages, a little light foxing, a little margin... See More  

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1875 Civil Rights Act passes Congress...

Item #688424

February 06, 1875

THE NEW YORK TIMES, February 6, 1875

* Civil Rights Bill (Enforcement Act)

* Reconstruction era - Negroes

* Passes Congress (1st report)


The top of the front page has one column heading that include: "BUSINESS IN CONGRESS" "Passage Of The Civil Rights Bill In The House" and more. (see)

Complete with 10 pages, light toning at the margins, minor spine wear, generally ni... See More  

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Making Kentucky Bourbon whiskey in 1870...

Item #688416

April 04, 1870

THE NEW YORK TIMES, April 4, 1870

* Kentucky Bourbon whiskey - liquor

* Corn mash - distillation - copper

Page 5 has a interesting article on the making of Kentucky Bourbon whiskey with a one column heading: "Kentucky Whisky (sic)" with subhead. A printing flaw slightly affects the text. (see)

Complete with 8 pages, minor light foxing, nice condition.... See More  

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Coushatta massacre... Red River Parish, Louisiana...

Item #688403

September 02, 1874

THE NEW YORK TIMES, September 2, 1874

* Coushatta massacre

* Red River Parish, Louisiana

* White League attack

The top of the front page has one column headings: "THE SOUTHERN TERROR" "The Massacre Of Northern Men In Louisiana" and more. (see)

Complete in 8 pages, light toning and and some wear at the margins, should be handled with care.... See More  

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Early Cincinnati... Volume One issue...

Item #688397

November 17, 1827

DAILY CINCINNATI GAZETTE, Cincinnati, Ohio, Nov. 17, 1827

* Volume 1 issue

The entire front is taken up with advertisements, general content on page 2, and more ads on page 3 and the back page. Some of the ads are illustrated. Early from the city known as the "Queen of the West", this is a volume I issue of this publication.

This is complete in four pages with a slight irregular ... See More  

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Celebrating passage of the 15th amendment...

Item #688395

April 01, 1870

NEW-YORK TIMES, April 1, 1870 

* 15th Fifteenth Amendment

* Right to Vote - African Americans

* Celebration of the ratification

A front page report headed: "The Negroes and the Amendment--Their Vote in Connecticut" includes a dispatch from New -Haven that reports: "The colored citizens of New-Haven fired a salute of one hundred guns over the Fifteenth Amendment proclama... See More  

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18th century Baltimore... Slave advertisement...

Item #688389

July 06, 1798


* Rare 18th century American title

* (5) runaway slave advertisements

The ftpg. is taken up with ads including 12 illustrated ship ads and 2 slave related ads. (see) Pages 2,3 & 4 have another slavery related ad.

News of the day with several other advertisements. Four pages, damp staining at a few areas, generally nice.... See More  

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An uncommon 1866 newspaper with a focus on phrenology...

Item #688360

March 01, 1866


* Uncommon mid-19th century title

* Astrology - Horoscope

A fascinating and very unusual newspaper of small-size themed on predicting what would happen in the future as well as astrology and phrenology. The "science" of phrenology believed that a person's intellig... See More  

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Capture of slave ships... Launch of the ship Ohio...

Item #688359

June 03, 1820

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, June 3, 1820 

* USS Ohio launching - United States Navy

* African slave trade - slavers ships captured

The front page has: "The Infamous Trade" beginning: "Ten slave vessels had been captured by the U.S. ship Cyane..." with some details. Most of the issue is taken up with: ":Mr. Baldwin's Speech on the Tariff". Th... See More  

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A broadsheet "Extra" with President Tyler's annual address to the nation...

Item #688350

December 01, 1843

THE MADISONIAN.--EXTRA, Washington. (D.C.)  December, 1843 

* President John Tyler

* State of the Union Address

* Best title to be had ?

A folio-size single sheet, the "President's Message takes five columns & a bit more in the sixth, signed in type: John Tyler. Great to have this report in a newspaper from the nation's capital.

A small hole causes loss to three... See More  

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Huge eagle in the masthead... Philadelphia, 1811...

Item #688349

July 05, 1811

COLUMBIAN CHRONICLE, Philadelphia, July 5, 1811 

* Great heraldic eagle masthead engraving

See the photo for perhaps the largest heraldic eagle engraving to be found in a masthead, the wingspan stretching nearly 7 inches. The ftpg. has various "Foreign Intelligence" including: "Confirmation of Massena's Defeat" with more news & ads inside.

Four pages, never ... See More  

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Death of James Garfield: mayor's notice...

Item #688348

September 23, 1881

An interesting item being a notice from the mayor of Fremont, Ohio, announcing the death of President Garfield. The front page has an announcement reporting: "DIED. At Long Branch, New Jersey, Sept. 19, 1881, at 10:35 P.M., James Abram Garfield, President Of The United States. Aged 49 years and 10 Months. Funeral obsequies at Cleveland, Ohio, Monday, Sept. 26th, 1881, at 10 o'clock A. M. ... See More  

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1872 Portland, New York Christmas Eve train wreck disaster....

Item #688345

December 25, 1872

THE EVANSVILLE JOURNAL, Indiana, December 25, 1872

* Christmas Eve train wreck

* Cross Cut Railroad disaster - Portland, New York

The front page has a one column headings: "The Most Terrible Slaughter of the Year" "Horrible Railroad Casualties" "Two Trains Thrown Over Steep Embankments" and more. 1st report coverage on the Cross-Cut Railroad train disaster... See More  

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1874 Charley Ross kidnapping...

Item #688331

August 02, 1874


* 4 year old boy - Charley Ross kidnapping

* 1st American for ransom in U.S. (media coverage)

The top of page 10 has one column headings that include: "THE CHILD STEALERS" "The Kidnappers of Charley Ross Still Uncaptured" and more (see). Text takes up almost 2 1/2 columns.

Other news of the day. Complete in 12 pages, nice condition.... See More  

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1849 Pistol ad by Samuel Colt... slave ad...

Item #688311

September 29, 1849

THE DAILY UNION, Washington, D.C., Sept. 29, 1849 

* Colt Revolver Ad

* Runaway slave ad

* Gold Rush era newspaper

The front page is filled with ads including a: "$150 Reward" ad for a runaway slave, with details. Beneath this is an ad: "Colt's Improved Repeating Pistols" signed in type: Samuel Colt. (see)

Four pages, dark stain along the top, blank margin (se... See More  

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From the Old West... Early Colorado...

Item #688292

January 26, 1882

GUNNISON DAILY REVIEW, Colorado, Jan. 26, 1882 

* Rare Old West title

* Volume 1 issue

An uncommon title from this boom mining town in the southwestern quadrant of Colorado, tucked in a valley amidst the Rocky Mountains.

Gunnison boomed in the late 1870's and early 1880's and was once the home of Wyatt Earp and "Texas Jack". Today there are some 5500 residents of Gun... See More  

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Lincoln is elected!

Item #688266

November 10, 1860


* Abraham Lincoln's election win (1st)

Page 3 has a wonderful & lengthy account of the election returns coming into Springfield, Illinois, where Lincoln was, with reporting on the high level of excitement as the news was received. There are several charts showing election results at various locations.

Page 2 has a report: "New... See More  

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Fifth Avenue, New York (1892)... Beautiful full-color illustration...

Item #688179

May 05, 1892

FRANK LESLIE'S ILLUSTRATED WEEKLY, New York, May 5, 1892  The front page of this issue is very colorful and shows a horse-drawn coach traveling along a busy New York street, captioned: "A May Morning on Fifth Avenue".

Color front pages of Leslie's were quite rare during the late 19th century.  This is certainly one of the earliest, and perhaps the best we've se
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re. African slave trade...

Item #687956

May 04, 1860


* African slave trade - Kongo

* re. Slaver Storm King escape

* Indictment of officers

 the bottom of the front page has a report headed: "The Slave Trade in New York" with subhead. (see)

Other news of the day. Complete in 8 pages, a little margin wear, generally nice.

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John Wesley Hardin did the shooting...

Item #687954

November 19, 1875

THE NEW YORK TIMES, Nov. 19, 1875 

* John Wesley Hardin shootout

The front page has a rather brief yet notable report headed: "Two Men Murdered In Texas" which notes in part: " of five men entered Ryan's saloon & killed Reuben Brown, city marshal... a member of the Sutton party. His body was riddled with balls...Brown was the man who arrested Taylor for th... See More  

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"Extra" edition with Harrison's inaugural address...

Item #687945

March 06, 1841

COURANT--EXTRA, Hartford, Connecticut, March 6, (1841)  An uncommon single sheet "Extra" broadsheet with most of the front page taken up with the: "Inaugural Address or President Harrison" carrying over to page 2.

William Henry Harrison has the dubious distinction of being the first President to die in office, severing the shortest term (31 days) and having delivered the ... See More  

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