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Thu, 26 Sep 2013 20:09:52 -0700
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Thanks!  I still feel entertained by the possibility.


On Thu, Sep 26, 2013 at 2:10 PM, Robert E Stewart <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> I checked California newspapers up to 1870 ( and find lots of
> hits on "confidence man" but none for any abbreviation thereof: con man,
> con  job, &c.  Bob Stewart, Carson City
> In a message dated 9/26/2013 1:43:55 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
> [log in to unmask] writes:
> Are you  familiar with the pseudonym for a writer in the 1860s for the
> St.Louis  Republican, Hans Patrick Le Connor?  I wonder if the "Le Connor"
> could  be in the spirit of "Josh" and "Snook."  Were there references  to
> con-men in those days?
> Am grateful for your contributions  here.  Thanks
> Arianne  Laidlaw
> Sacramento

Arianne Laidlaw A '58