Thursday, March 10, 2016

Today's edition warns to also beware of men running for president who will make everything great again.

Today's free story from The Library of America is an 1872 chapter from a book on New York City. It's about con men:
For the purpose of performing this task, the writer made visits, in company with the police officials of the city, to a number of the places described in this work, and he is satisfied that no respectable person can with safety visit them, unless provided with a similar protection. It is not safe for a stranger to undertake to explore these places for himself. No matter how clever he may consider himself, no respectable man is a match for the villains and sharpers of New York, and he voluntarily brings upon himself all the consequences that will follow his entrance into the haunts of the criminal and disreputable classes. The city is full of danger. 
Among the cautionary sections in Lights and Shadows of New York Life are chapters on lotteries and faro banks, fraudulent marriage advisors and duplicitous divorce lawyers, fortune tellers and clairvoyants, “curb-stone brokers” and “quack doctors.” In the essay “Impostors,” McCabe examines the breed of con artists who, like Henry Freund, manufactured identities or fabricated credentials for financial or social gain.

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