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Steve Gatto
Re: Fuly understand
Fri May 3, 2019 20:50

There were a number Andersons operating and working in the dance halls of Saint Louis during this time. Gus Anderson also had a place on 710 (or 717) Christy Avenue were the woman in the dance halls were considered "first class" and of the highest quality. Of course, the first class joints on Christy Aveneue had their share of violence. For example, the time when a man named John Shaw was almost beaten to death by one of the house's bartenders named Edward Wescott because Shaw had ordered a bunch of drinks for the working ladies but refused to pay for them. Wescott would be released on bail awaiting his indictment by the grand jury and he would elude justice altogether when the prosecuting witness, John Shaw, failed to appear against him. About a year later, John Charlton, an inhabitant of Anderson's house on Christy Avenue, attacked Frank Lepping after Lepping had an altercation with the women of the house. The bagnio women had a custom of snatching pocket books and money from men and then running away while the other women would prevent the man from getting his money back. Often the bouncers and bartenders would intervene and beat the man or throw his out of the house. Gus Anderson would go on to seek a divorce from his wife Sara Anderson because she had left him and began residing in a seedy Almond Street bagnio called the Ocean Wave. Sara would find herself facing criminal charges for her activities on Almond Street.

The only reason I was even researching Saint Louis was because I was tracking Wyatt's activities after Peoria. Ironically, while researching Saint Louis for Wyatt I ran across some pre-Tombstone Curly Bill related informaton.

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