Posted By: cheryl Locher moonen (email)
Date: 4/19/2020 at 18:28:22
Cascade Pioneer, Published in Cascade, Iowa, Friday, November 22th, 1895
John D. Sullivan, in his new role as “commercial drummer,” was in Dubuque the other day. John was attired in his highly prized fur coat and plug hat and was observed of all observers as he ambled along the sidewalks of the Key City. A bevy of school boys tagged him for several blocks betting on the kind of fur the coat was made of.
“Bet its buffolow robe fur,” said one urchin.
“Naw taint, its dog fur,” said another.
“Oh, gidout; I know what fur it is, so I do,” said still another.
“What fur is it?” chorus.
“Fer ter keep yer warm, ser, yer chumps’”
Further along the street John’s coat attracted the attention of a coterie of girls and a big dog. They eyed the coat with great curiosity, and the canine, mastiff that he was, gave John and his coat a wife berth.
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