Friday, April 4, 2014

Saved A Friend By Stabbing A Shark: In The News On September 8th, 1884

Greetings, world!

I have decided to kick off our nineteenth-century news with this extraordinary story.

This article is 130 years old, and while I don't generally approve of stabbing sharks, or stabbing anything else for that matter, I have to admire John Taylor's courage.

From the first page of the New-York Tribune
Monday, September 8, 1884.

---Just to clarify, in this article "bathing" actually means "swimming." Though I did find the mental image of "fifty young men" making "spasmodic efforts to get ashore" in their birthday suits highly amusing.