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The Yesteryear Gazette: Volume Two

by Douglas DeLong

Read tales of World Series cheaters, Murder Castles and reefer madness. Discover what was making news in America a hundred years or more ago.

The Library of Congress has painstakingly documented millions of pages from American newspapers published between 1789 and 1924 in an online collection called Chronicling America, and in so doing has allowed Americans to have a ring-side seat to history, while opening a fascinating window into how Americans lived their lives a hundred or more years ago. In this second volume of The Yesteryear Gazette, we have collected twenty of the most compelling, moving, humorous and quirky stories from this treasure trove of American newspapers.

In this second volume, you’ll attend the trial of the Chicago Black Sox, where eight of baseball’s most popular players were accused of throwing the 1919 World Series. You’ll also learn about the shocking, albeit predictable, reaction from southern states after President Theodore Roosevelt invited Booker T. Washington to dine at the White House in 1901, the first African-American to receive such an invitation. You’ll go inside H.H. Holmes’ notorious Murder Castle and learn about the tragic lynching of Leo Frank. And you’ll be required to answer this question: How much money is your right ear worth to you?

All of these stories have been transcribed directly from the original newspaper stories. Some have been lightly edited for length or clarity. Each story includes a link to the original newspaper image, as well as additional links to provide further insight. Most of the stories also include links to related videos.



I Stood With Wellington

by James Mace

“Up Guards and at them!”

In February, 1815, after nine months in exile, Napoleon Bonaparte, the deposed Emperor of the French, escaped from the Isle of Elba. Seizing the initiative while the European powers bicker amongst themselves at the Congress of Vienna, Napoleon advances towards Belgium with an enormous army. The French Emperor knows that if he can achieve a decisive victory and capture Brussels, it will shatter the already fragile European alliance.

Leading the allies is Sir Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington; the venerable British field marshal who defeated Napoleon’s best generals in Spain, yet who the emperor had never personally met in battle. Napoleon knows that if he can draw away Wellington’s chief Prussian ally, Gebhard von Blucher, and destroy his army first, he can unleash his entire might against the British. A victory over the unbeaten Wellington will cripple the alliance even further, as it will then deprive them of both English soldiers and financing.

In Belgium, Captain James Henry Webster has finally returned to a line regiment after being terribly wounded at the Siege of Badajoz three years prior. He is given command of a line company within the 1st Regiment of Foot Guards, the elite of the British Infantry.

A series of indecisive clashes will lead to a collision between the two greatest military minds of the age and the bloodiest single day of the entire century, as Wellington and Napoleon lead their armies to either immortality or oblivion. For Captain Webster, he fights for both his nation and to protect his young daughter in Brussels. Along with the rest of the Guards Division, he finds himself at the apex of the battle, where the fate of the entire world will be decided; at a place called Waterloo.



The Adventures of Ulysses – illustrated

by Charles Lamb

Fully illustrated, Charles Lamb wrote this small book in 1808 to tell the tale of Homer’s Odyssey to children. It is a wonderfully well-written and accurate account of the story of Ulysses.



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