[PW] ? Bat Masterson Quote (Quotation Query #766)

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com
Sat Feb 18 12:32:10 PST 2017

Good work, Barb. Below is the same basic joke in 1898. The article
title suggests it may be from humor publication "Judge" but I am

Date: February 2, 1898
Newspaper: The Pittsburgh Press
Newspaper Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Article: Merry Thoughts of Judge
Quote Page 4, Column 2
Database: Newspapers.com

[Begin excerpt]
"This not such an unjust world, after all, when you come to think
about it," said the old-young man. "Of course the rich people have ice
in summer, but don't the poor get it in winter?"
[End excerpt]


On Sat, Feb 18, 2017 at 3:20 PM, Barbara Schmidt <schmidtbrb at gmail.com> wrote:
> Fred,
> I don't think the sentiment is original to Masterson.  I found a Jan. 28,
> 1905 appearance in the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader of the rich/poor get ice
> story via newspapers.com when I searched without Masterson in the search
> terms.  This quip was attributed to Pat Sheedy.  I can send the clip to you
> later today if you need it and nobody finds an earlier appearance.
> Barb
> On Saturday, February 18, 2017, Shapiro, Fred <fred.shapiro at yale.edu> wrote:
>> There is a great quotation attributed to outlaw-turned-lawman "Bat"
>> Masterson:  "There are many in this old world of ours who hold that things
>> break even for all of us.  I have observed, for example, that we all get
>> the same amount of ice.  The rich get it in the summertime, and the poor
>> get it in the winter."  When I search ProQuest Historical Newspapers, I
>> find articles from the early 1960s claiming that this was found on
>> Masterson's typewriter when he died at his desk in 1921 (he was a
>> newspaperman at that point in his life).
>> Can anyone supply any information about the veracity of this story?  Does
>> it appear in print before the 1960s, and, if so, how far back can it be
>> found?
>> Fred Shapiro
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