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Charles Dickens: Scandal and Difficulty

January 27, 2009
Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens

The Dickens Scandal.
[From the Scotsman]

As Mr. DICKENS’ statement is apt to be somewhat unintelligible to those beyond the reach of the gossip of London and the “literary world,” we may explain that the fact, as we are informed, is, that Mr. DICKENS has, by mutual agreement, separated from his wife, on the ground of “incompatibility.” The name of a young lady on the stage has been mixed up with the matter — most cruely and untruly, is the opinion, we hear, of those having the best means of observing and judging; indeed, the arrangement itself is to a great extent a refutation of that part of the scandal. Of the family, (eight in number,) the eldest son remains with his mother, but some at least of the daughters go with Mr. DICKENS, and the head of his new home is a lady, a very near relative of Mrs. DICKENS. We mention these facts to explain the allusions to which Mr. DICKENS has thought proper to give publicity, and also to do so in such a way as to prevent the transaction so dimly referred to being made the subject of inferences too unfavorable..

The New York Times (New York, New York) Jun 23, 1858


THE DICKENS DIFFICULTY. — A New York correspondent of the Boston Atlas and Bee says:
“The scandalous reports about DICKENS and his family have excited much attention here — but the manly card of Mr. DICKENS, published in Household Words, relieves him from the imputation of infidelity. I was yesterday conversing with a gentleman well acquainted with the Dickens family, and he attributes the difference between the novelist and wife to diverse views they take in regard to the religious education of their daughters. Mr. DICKENS is a decided latitudinarian in his views, and generally attends the Unitarian Church, while Mrs. DICKENS, an Edinburg lady, brought up in the stricter doctrines of Presbyterianism, still clings to the religious ideas inculcated in her youth, and naturally wishes her daughters  brought up in the same way. The fact of the daughters siding with the father, merely shows that like most young people they approve of those doctrines that offer more freedom, and are generally more attractive in appearance at least.”

The New York Times (New York, New York) Jun 29,  1858

The Cowboy’s Race Threatened by Humane Society

January 27, 2009


Only a Few Start on Account of the Threats of the Humane Society.

CHADRON, Neb., June 14. — Of the 25 or 30 cowboys entered in the race to Chicago, only a third started. The numerous withdrawals were due to the efforts of the Humane Society. Among the starters were:

“Doc” Middleton and John Fagg of Northern Nebraska; “Snake Creek Tom” of Snake Creek, Wyo.; “Rattlesnake Pete,” Creede, Col.; “Cock-Eyed Bill” of Manville, Wyo.; Sam Bell, of Deadwood; Jim Murray of Eagle Pass, Tex.; Nick Jones, a half-breed of Pine Ridge Agency, S.D.; He Dog and Spotted Wolf, Sioux, from the Rosebud Agency.


Miss Hutchinson, a well-known rider of Denver, who, at the solicitation of those who have seen her wonders in riding, entered the race, withdrew at the last moment.

Miss Hutchinson is known in every State and Territory west of the Mississippi. By her feats in horsemanship she has gained a national reputation. She went to Montana when a mere girl, and for ten years has ridden the Western range. Among the Sioux she has a great reputation, and the Indians revere her, calling her the “Lightning Squaw.”

The route to Chicago will be through Sioux City, when the Missouri will be crossed and Dubuque, the Mississippi crossing.

The committee having charge of the cowboy race have offered $1,000 to be divided up into prizes for the winners, and Col. Cody (Buffalo Bill) has added $500 to this sum. The Colt Arms Company have offered one of their “cowboy companions,” and an Omaha firm contributes a saddle to the list of prizes.
Threaten Prosecution.


CHICAGO, June 14. — President Shortall, of the Illinois Humane Society, declared his intention to arrest and prosecute the participants in the race from Chadron to this city. He has gathered the opinions of eminent veterinary surgeons to the effect that it is not possible to make a continuous contest of endurance and speed between horses for a distance of fifty miles, much less 500, without the infliction of great suffering upon the animals. The Illinois statute on the subject provides a fine of $200 for cruelty, beating, torturing, tormenting, mutilating or cruelly killing, overloading, overriding or overworking any animal.

The Evening Democrat (Warren, Pennsylvania) Jun 14,  1893

The Jones’ Boys: Stout-Hearted Little Fellows Frozen to Death

January 27, 2009
American Flat/Ophir Grade

American Flat/Ophir Grade

A Sad, Sad Incident — Two little boys Found Frozen to Death.

The Gold Hill News of Wednesday last has the following:

We grieve to record the sad fact that two little sons of Robert Jones, the well-known milkman, whose milk ranch is situated at American Flat, were frozen to death on the Ophir Grade during the late heavy snow storm. They were at Mr. Jones’ ranch in Truckee Meadows, and their father sent a letter telling them they might

Come Home to Christmas

And have a good time. Their names were John, aged ten years, and Henry, aged about thirteen. They left the ranch at the Meadows last Saturday morning, on horseback, driving two cows and two calves before them. It was a very stormy day, but notwithstanding the chilly rain and snow which was falling, the stout-hearted little fellows thought they could make the trip. The streams along the route were swollen, and the road so bad that their progress was slower than they expected, and they only reached Brown’s ranch, in Steamboat valley, where they staid that night. Next morning (Sunday) they started out again, going by way of Steamboat and around by Ophir grade, although it was still

Storming Heavily.

It seems strange that the people at Brown’s station or ranch, should have allowed these two little boys to go forward in such a storm, attempting what most men would have considered too great a hardship to encounter. But the little fellows were thinking of home and the Christmas pleasures promised them. They passed out into the storm and were

Seen No More Alive.

Yesterday the anxious father, fearing that perhaps his dear little sons might have made the attempt to come through the storm, or at any rate, desirous of visiting them, started for the Truckee Meadows by way of Virginia and the Geiger Grade. He heard of them when he got to Brown’s, and immediately started following up the route they had taken. Hoping to find them at some place of shelter they might have sought, he eagerly inquired, but could get no trace of them. More and more eagerly he pressed forward his tired steed through the deep drifts of snow up the Ophir Grade from Washoe Valley, and at length about 7 o’clock this morning saw a horse some distance a head standing in the road. He recognized the animal at once, and fearing the worst, hastened to him. There, near the faithful animal, close beside the road, lay his two little boys locked fast in each other’s arms,

Frozen to Death.

No trace of the other horse or of the cows and calves they were driving were to be found, and appearances indicated that they must have left those animals behind, and both were riding this horse, which was the strongest of the two, the other one, perhaps having given out entirely. Both boys were well clothed, the eldest having on a long pair of stout winter boots. The youngest wore a pair of gum boots, which he had taken off and lay near by. He had done this, perhaps, to empty the water out of them, with the assistance of the brother, and then both being overpowered by the cold and fatigue, had finally laid down to die.

Great Drifts of Snow.

Were along the grade, but where they lay was a bleak place, swept clean by the driving winds, and no snow covered them. Their wet clothes were frozen fast to the ground. They have at last reached home, but, alas, not to gladden it with their childish joy. The chill hand of death has silenced forever their bright hopes and joyous anticipations.

Nevada State Journal (Reno, Nevada) Dec 30,  1871

**Photo posted by RickC on Flickr, with this description:

Ophir Grade was the toll road between Virginia City and Washoe Valley where the first ore processing mills were. This is American Flat west of Virginia City and shows a mill built of concrete in the early 1900’s that was only used for a couple of years. Virginia and Truckee RR spur grade is also shown.