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The Crime of the Century.
Jim Fisk — Erie Man.

Jubilee Jim Fisk's (1834-1872) death at the hands of socially prominent Ned Stokes on the grand staircase of the Broadway Central Hotel, New York City, January 6, 1872. The cause was Josie Mansfield, a music hall figure of mediocre talents, and supposed mistress of Mr. Stokes—the sensational press played it as a story of romantic love and death in the grand manner while other directors of Erie shuddered and averted the gaze from the public prints. Fisk died the next day.

Harper's Weekly ran a cartoon by Thomas Nast, the foremost cartoonist of this era, showing Jay Gould and Boss Tweed standing over Fisk's grave and entitled "Dead Men Tell No Tales."

 


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