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Laurie, Annie (Black, Winifred Sweet). Swinnerton, James
The Little Boy Who Lived on the Hill. A Story for Wee Bits of Tykes
William Doxey, San Francisco, 1895. [8],80pp. Quarto. Original pictorial boards, illustrated dust jacket. Light wear and dust soiling to boards, corners slightly bumped. Several archival repairs and minor restorations, with one slightly larger at upper rear corner. Light tanning, an occasional fox mark internally. A rare children's book by San Francisco journalist and author Winifred Sweet Black, in an excellent 19th-century pictorial dust jacket. She moved to San Francisco from Wisconsin in 1890, after pursuing a runaway brother and deciding to stay herself, and was hired as a reporter by the San Francisco Examiner. "Since it was customary for woman reporters at the time to write under a pseudonym, she chose the name 'Annie Laurie,' after a song her mother had sung. Her first major story in 1890, in which she exposed the rough treatment given to vagrants at San Francisco Receiving Hospital by pretending to be a patient, established her reputation. Her article also led to reforms that included the initiation of the city's first ambulance service. Annie Laurie became known for her investigative journalism, including stories on the leper colony at Molokai, Hawaii; polygamy among the Mormons in Utah; and the juvenile court system in Chicago, but she was also given political and crime assignments. In 1892 she secured an exclusive interview with President Benjamin Harrison by reportedly sneaking aboard his private train and hiding under a table to surprise him" -- ANB (online). The present work is evidently based on the adventures of her young son in San Francisco, and consists … [Click Below for Full Description]
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