[PW] ? Bat Masterson Quote (Quotation Query #766)
schmidtbrb at gmail.com
Sat Feb 18 12:20:16 PST 2017
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.
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
> Fred Shapiro
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