This suicide-themed "Mutt and Jeff" strip appeared in the Minneapolis Tribune. Funny? Appalling? Both? And who was this "Somone" character?
Captions for the squint-averse reader: "There ain't nothin' in this world for me -- I don't see no hope -- Guess I'll take the gas route." ... "Farewell crue-ll woild." ... "Don't do that! We're in luck again. I just saw a fortune teller, and she said you were gonna get a letter today with money in it." ... "Huh?" ... "Ah. I'll bet this is it now. At last we eat again." ... "What does it say?" ... "It's a gas bill for $9.80."
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Fifty years ago today, the Minneapolis Tribune provided potential evildoers with a trove of information about an innocent young woman: her name, age, date of birth, weight, place of work and home address. The practice was common back then. Except for weight and birthdate, such details were frequently disclosed in newspaper stories of the 1950s and 1960s. The young woman, Sheila Keating, married Odell Hegna later that year. She went on to make a name for herself as an advocate for fair housing, economic development and battered women. She died in March 2017.
Here a nameless Tribune reporter spins a ghost story worthy of any campfire. The scene is set near an abandoned graveyard in northeast Minneapolis, most likely Maple Hill Cemetery, the city's first, established in 1857.
More than 60 Minneapolis firefighters and at least one firehouse cat have died in the line of duty since the department was founded in 1879. Just a kitten when he was left at Station No. 10 in 1935, Mickey learned how to slide down the fire pole when the fire alarm sounded. That trick earned him the admiration of fellow firefighters and a feature role in a Pathe New Reel. He answered the bell for the last time one August night in 1937. Minneapolis Star editors put his death on the front page, above the fold.