Adventures in Research: Master in Lunacy

Posted by ractrose on 4 Oct 2014 in Non-Fiction

My Curious Reading Adventures in Research Master in Lunacy             One of the excellent job titles from the days when it mattered whether you were an imbecile or an idiot.   From the Taunton Courier and Western Advisor of 5 July, 1882: “Alleged Insanity of a Somerset Gentleman” The gentleman […]

Adventures in Research: Tear Gas and Salesmanship

Posted by ractrose on 4 Oct 2014 in Non-Fiction

My Curious Reading Adventures in Research Tear Gas and Salesmanship           From the NYT of September 25, 1936. “Tear Gas War on Bootleg Miners.” During this period the coal mines in Pennsylvania, racked by strikes, were infiltrated by bootleggers, miners illegally harvesting coal to sell, generating an income they would otherwise have lacked […]