Wrestler Saves Drowning Priest

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     George Baptiste spent about twenty years serving as St. Louis’ resident all-around athlete before taking over the company, Baptiste Tent and Awning, founded by his father Alexander Baptiste.  Besides plying his trade as an occasional but accomplished professional wrestler, Baptise was a powerful swimmer.  On August 11, 1900, Baptiste used his swimming skills to save another St. Louisan

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Chief Desmond’s Recruits

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     St. Louis Chief of Detectives William Desmond’s success in capturing many desperate criminals made him a celebrity of sorts particularly among aspiring detectives.  When Edgar Allan Poe wrote three tales based on the exploits of fictional detective C. Auguste Dupin, detective fiction captured the attention of readers.  Sir Arthur Conan Doyle popularized the genre permanently with his fictional

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Streetcar Strike Mob Attacks Woman

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     I have always said the St. Louis Streetcar Strike of 1900 was not the story of the evil streetcar companies exploiting the innocent workers.  “The innocent workers” committed many deplorable acts during the streetcar strike.      One of their most frequent tactics involved stripping woman in public who rode the streetcars during the strike.  Amazingly, their victims

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Revisionists on Stalin’s 1930s Purge

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In American and Western European scholarship, most researchers place Josef (Iosif) Stalin along with Adolph Hitler as the most murderous dictators in Twentieth-Century history.  Stalin killed or imprisoned millions of his own countrymen.  The current Stalin debate does not dispute these murders.  The debate centers on why Stalin carried out the communist party purges in the mid to late 1930s. 

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Downtown Fire Destroys $150,000 Worth of Merchandise

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     On January 21, 1904, 33-year-old Private Watchman Martin Ryan was touring the 717-719 Lucas Avenue warehouse, when he discovered a fire on the third floor.  Ryan ran to notify the St. Louis Fire Department.  While the fire department firefighters responded almost immediately, the fire spread through the warehouse quickly.  The St. Louis firefighters arrived as the third, fourth, fifth

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