February 22nd, 2011
there's ghost crimes, and then there's illegal ghost crimes, and it would behove you to remember the difference
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The haps: It might not have been murder, because as this frankly-amazing news story from 1931 says, "In Manchuria hunters are in the habit of poisoning the carcasses of partridges with strychnine and leaving them on the ground as bait to catch rare foxes without spoiling the fur. But what about the HOORAYS of J. Hartigan?" What about them, indeed??

Seriously, read this article. The newspaperman who wrote it almost a century ago seems obsessed with describing people's faces, and also what kind of dogs they have. It is basically amazing. It also features the phrases "a case of Indian revenge?" and "stalwart, red-faced horse doctor" which, I am prepared to guarantee, puts it linguistically above every other story you'll read this week.

Thanks to someone on twitter (I forget who, sorry, twitter search is basically the worst) who pointed me to this article, which nicely tells Hubert's story by way of a definition for the word "pregustation". It also mentions some other creepy telegrams sent, but I couldn't find any other references to those, and we are concerned with VERIFIABLE FACTS here at walking talking dinosaur comics incorporated.

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