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Thursday, July 12, 2012
100 years ago today, the El Paso Herald tells the story of the time the Freshest Man on Earth got a taste of his own medicine:
McGraw gave a chicken dinner, to each man a whole chicken and a small bottle of light, harmless wine…All went well, except with Arlie Latham. Somehow or other, somebody or other had slipped Arlie a chicken that had ceased chickening about the time Broadway ceased to be a promenade for Peter Stuyvesant, while Arlie’s bottle of wine had been emptied and carefully refilled with soap suds.
Arlie sank his fangs into the “chicken” and broke two front teeth. Feeling somewhat agitated, he took a deep pull at his bottle, and then declared war. He smote John Devere [sic] with the “chicken” and was about to whack Beals Becker with the bottle, when all hands camped upon his bosom, and the noise of the riot died away.
McGraw continued the hilarity when he sent the chicken and bottle to the hotel’s housekeeper, breaking her teeth as well.
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