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.