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Christmas 1865

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—December 18, 1865, New York Herald

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  • Stop My Pig!

    Courtesy of the Kennebec Historical Society

    —September 7, 1832, Kennebec Journal

    «ABSCONDED from his lodgings a male pig seven or eight weeks old, of the Newbury white breed. Whoever may have taken him into custody, or seen him in his wanderings, and will give information thereof at this office, will be compensated. He was last seen at full speed taking an air line for Vassalborough the place of his nativity.»

  • —December 18, 1865, New York Herald

    «J.A.R. —SARCASM AND INDIFFERENCE HAVE driven me from you. I sail in next steamer for Europe. Shall I purchase tickets for two, or do you prefer to remain to wound some other loving heart? Answer quick, or all is lost. EMELIE.»

  • Courtesy American Antiquarian Society

    —April 19, 1865, New York Herald

    «A REWARD OF $75 WILL BE PAID, IN ADDITION to the sum already offered, for the arrest of the villian J. Wilkes Booth, who assassinated Abraham Lincoln, late President of the United States, at Ford's theatre, Washington, D.C., on the evening of the 14th of April, 1865. GEORGE WM. MATTHEWS, Williamsburg, L.I., N.Y.»

  • —March 21, 1866, New York Herald

    «IF THE LADY WHO, FROM AN OMNIBUS, SMILED on a gentleman with a bunch of bananas in his hand, as he crossed Wall street, corner of Broadway, will address X., box 6,735 Post office, she will confer a favor.»

  • —January 2, 1892, New York World

    «WANTED—A young lady of German parentage; must be a 36 bust and understand bookkeeping on a small scale. Apply Milbauer & Bleiweiss, ladies' and misses' cloaks, 419 Broadway.»

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