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Amusing News Article

The Centre Daily Times recently started a new feature in the Sunday edition in which they republish local stories from exactly 100 years ago. I find myself amused the language, the names, and the social attitudes reflected in these stories. Here's a good one from last Sunday:

Barber in Trouble Again

Saturday night there was a racket out in Brown Row, near Lingle's foundry. Someone telephoned for the police, stating that there was trouble there. It was afterwards learned that a Hungarian by the name of Mike Barber was in the home of Eliza Walker and raising the "deuce." Eliza was outside and the foreigner had full sway inside. William Walker, Eliza's son, on hearing of the fracas started out, and on arriving at the seat of contention simply paralyzed the fellow who was creating the trouble. Monday a warrant was placed in the hands of Policeman William Beezer who went to the home of Rosie Bunco, where he was boarding, and placed him under arrest and took him to jail. Mike Barber is the same fellow who entered the house of Mrs. Thomas Rishel about three years ago and made indecent proposals to her. He was tried in the court and served a sentence of two years in the western penitentiary.


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Apr. 24th, 2007 12:50 pm (UTC)
What is "raising the 'deuce'?"

I'm assuming the guy was trying to sexually assault the woman and had tried the same with Mrs. Thomas Rishel 3 years earlier. Why don't they just come out and say it?

There is a HUGE difference between indecent proposals and indecent demands...
Apr. 24th, 2007 10:49 pm (UTC)
What is "raising the 'deuce'?"

I would like to know what it means, too.
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