Thanks, Jack. Helpful information. Willis George Emerson rewriting George R. Caldwell sounds like Baron von Munchausen borrowing from Marco Polo.
By the way, I ran Emerson's name thru a two more digitized archives, Gale and Readex, and found a few other tidbits of note re Emerson's much checkered career.
In 1901, Emerson was a defendant in the Ollie Lode mining fraud case, which involved charges that the original mineral samples had been salted. The case was settled out of court. In 1902, Emerson's friends promoted his nomination for vice president on Theodore Roosevelt ticket in 1904. (Whew, that was a close call.) In 1910, he was among several men implicated in a $10 million ($200 million today) mine company stock rigging case. In 1912, after it came out that Emerson had ghost-written a Collier's magazine article disparaging US Senator Frances Warren (R-WY), it was disclosed that ten years earlier, Emerson had unsuccessfully tried to bribe Warren, offereing him a block of stock in the Black Tiger Copper Mining Company in return for his help in promoting the endeavor. Warren had declined the offer, presumably earning Emerson's everlasting enmity.
And in 1913, a Chicago maternity hospital of which Emerson was president and vice president was being investigated for "disposing of children" -- putting up for adoption, we hope, not actually disposing of them -- "obtained [via] an informal surrender from the mothers."
Mining fraud, bribery, stock rigging, baby stealing, Emerson was a multi-talented guy. Dan
August 1897 George R. Caldwell correspondent of the Denver News wrote Bandits of the Border. Similar versions same article, November 1897 The Idaho Daily Statesman, Organized Highwaymen Terrorize... more
Munchausen borrowing from Marco Polo Daniel Buck,Thu Aug 16 8:38am