Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Never Try to Con a Methodist

(From D. Foote’s research in the Robinson Constitution)

MARCH 13, 1879
The Sheriff of Lawrence County brought two prisoners to this place on yesterday for trial who are indicted as "three card monte men." they will probably be tried today.

MARCH 27, 1879
The Three-card monte men who Sheriff Lindsay took to the penitentiary, last week, said they would never "tackle" a Methodist preacher again, as they had but little money and would always "squeal.

Ed. Note: Three card monte is a confidence game in which the victim, or mark, is tricked into betting a sum of money, on the assumption that they can find the money card among three face-down playing cards. It is the same as the shell game except that cards are used instead of shells