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[RC] Hopkins/Hidalgo - Linda B. Merims

I've found a complete microfiche set of The
National Police Gazette at the University
of Rhode Island.  I'll see if I can get
in to see it.
Here's another description of The National
Police Gazette:
  • Strong holdings of The National Police Gazette (New York: 1845-1932, 1933- ). In its heyday under publisher/editor Richard Kyle Fox in the last quarter of the nineteenth century , the Gazette was America's leading illustrated journal of the lurid and sensational, focusing on crime, sex, the theater - and sports, especially boxing. Fox came to realize the potential of boxing for increasing circulation through his coverage of the Paddy Ryan-Joe Goss fight of 30 May 1880. He soon became the ring's foremost promoter, defining weight classifications, offering championship belts, and contributing greatly to boxing's new legitimacy. The Gazette is of decreasing interest after 1900, as sales declined and its journalistic techniques and subject matter were selectively appropriated by the New York dailies.
    If you look for National Police Gazette
    "hits" on Google, you end up mostly with
    boxing history sites, and sites interested
    in the history of pornography!  The Gazette
    is evidently the kind of journal that promoted
    stories such as "The Girl in the Red Velvet
    There's also a digitized version available
    online, but it looks like a for-pay only
    So, I think we have a pretty good idea why
    horse people in the first part of the 20th
    century seemed to know about Frank Hopkins
    as a matter of course.  He was a tabloid
    hero.  I'd also suspect that that's where
    Disney turned him up, too.  I've also found
    a professor at the University of Texas who
    seems to specialize in the history of the
    legendizing through film and literature of
    real-life characters in the old west.
    Linda B. Merims
    Massachusetts, USA