[1889 Autograph Letter Signed, a Mail Robbery at Port Kent and Tobacco Juice].
Disgustedly spitting tobacco juice on a letter
A curious letter from a man named Rufus to his sister that he has received her letter to him, long overdue. The reason for this delay: “It was one of many letters that were taken from the mail bags and opened and thrown aside by two young thieves at Port Kent. On the envelope and letter were stamped these words ‘Recovered’ from the mail robbery of February 4th.”
Rufus goes on to explain one thief was sentenced to three years in prison; the other awaited trial. Rufus further relates that since his sister’s letter (and all of the other letters from the mail bags) contained no money that “...it aroused such a feeling of disgust in the minds of these young men that they covered them with tobacco juice for revenge. Your letter was decorated this way… ”
Description: [1889 Autograph Letter Signed, a Mail Robbery at Port Kent and Tobacco Juice].
Kernsville. May 1st 1889. 8vo. pp., lined paper; light wear and soil, folds; very good.