Have you recovered from post-Valentine's Day chocolate withdrawal? Chocolate is a late-comer in the world of candy. Milk chocolate is the granddaddy of our modern day candy bars. It was invented in 1875 by Daniel Peter who merged his company with that of Henri Nestlé's company, and voila! We have chocolate! I had great fun with this new candy in Much Ado About Marshals.
Soapy wasn't into gambling so much as bunco, but I bet he played a little roulette. Then again, maybe not. Jefferson Randolf Smith II may not have been shy about divesting others of their money, but he was a very smart and enterprising man. He'd have known to stay away from the games with low or no odds for the player to win, and on top of that, roulette wheels were routinely altered to make the house odds even better. Check out Frontier Gambler's article, Roulette in the Wild Wild West.
Several of you enjoyed the articles from The Owyhee Avalanche. Here are a few more, but this newspaper has a whole column of historical articles every week, so I urge you to subscribe.
The Owyhyee Avalanche
February 17, 1872
SHOOTING SCRAPE. Two miners named Crawford and Dowry, had a row at the Skookum boarding house night before last, resulting in the latter being shot by the former. The bullet passed through the upper portion of the right side of the abdomen, penetrated the right arm on the inside above the elbow and lodged under the skin on the outside. It is a flesh wound and is not considered dangerous. Dowry was brought down to the War Eagle Hotel, where Dr. Beckett extracted the bullet yesterday. Crawford delivered himself up to Shriff Stevens, but up to the time of going to press, no complaint had been made against him, and no examination had.
Other bits of interest:
The heart of John Cable was made glad yesterday by the arrival of his wife and two babies from San Francisco.
"Poor, weak and erring man," says a religious newspaper, "what is he?" In this country he is either a Democrat or a Republican.
A woman writes to a literary weekly that the ladies are doing all they can to bring heaven down to earth. We had thought they would be content with "raising hell."
This week's guest: Meg Mims!