There are loads of stories of the "white slave trade" in the early 20th century, encompassing harrowing tales of young girls who fall victim to a range of nefarious characters. While some cases were undoubtedly rooted in 'facts', think of it as a kind of moral panic.
A West Virginia town endured the "continued depredations" of a large animal thought to be an African lion that escaped from a circus or perhaps a panther. The hungry cat was thought to be responsible for a cow that was found "mangled", a 400-lb hog, some calves and other animals.
A group of millionaire commuters decided that "it was too risky for them to ride in wooden cars" on the New Haven railroad. They pooled their considerable resources to order "wreck-proof cars" made of steel.
In 1913, a four year old Minnesota girl went missing and it was "believed she has been carried away by a lion escaped from a circus." A search was being mounted for the young girl and the big cat.
Carl Leonard, 13, climbed a tree to retrieve a crow's nest.
An "ugly dog" attacked a young boy on a city street, biting him "seriously upon the hands and legs." Some people intervened and chased the dog into the path of another unfortunate young boy, who was subsequently bit too.
Dr Shea promised to "call up your spirit friends and show them to you." No surprise since he "is thoroughly indorsed [sic] by leading spiritualists everywhere" and was also a "Christian gentleman." If you were not interested in your "spirit friends," Dr Shea could help with your future plans includi
Twenty-six young women of Bertha, Nebraska, organized against swearing in 1903.
Ran across this advertisement for "Misfit Clothing Tailors" from 1891. Truth in advertising? Source: Pittsburgh Dispatch 28 November 1891.
Another tape-worm advertisement, suggesting the presence of monster-sized parasites that could be living in you. Cascarets Candy Cathartic (CCC) had cascara as an active ingredient. This was made from a bitter tasting tree bark. It was widely used to relieve constipation from the late 1870s.