Very distressing to read this brief, even 110 years after it appeared on the front page – the front page! – of the Minneapolis Tribune. Still, you have to wonder about the accuracy of the story. What 6-year-old (I'm guessing the subheadline got the age wrong) is capable of committing such a horrifying act?
BAKES BABY IN AN OVEN
FIVE-YEAR-OLD GIRL ROASTS LITTLE BROTHER WHILE MOTHER IS ABSENT.
LA CROSSE, WIs., Jan. 26 – While Mrs. Edward Smith was chopping wood yesterday her daughter 6 years old placed a baby brother in a hot oven, closed the door and baked the baby to death before the mother returned. The oven had been heated for baking.
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F.B. Chapman, photographer, 438 Wabasha street, and Byron Gibbs, his assistant, 228 East Seventh street, were seriously injured last evening by the explosion of a carbide tank used by Chapman in taking a flash light picture of two bowling teams at Chris Miller’s bowling alley, 221 East Seventh.
Ads for Hot Springs Liver Buttons, Munyon's Rheumatism Cure, Gloria Tonic Tablets and hundreds of other nostrums filled newspaper columns – and coffers – in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Testimonials were a common feature of these ads. One ad for Duffy's Pure Malt Whiskey, published in the Minneapolis Journal, stands out because of the jarring mismatch between the headline claim and the photo.