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Soapy Smith

Howard Clifford

Soapy Smith

uncrowned king of Skagway

by Howard Clifford

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Published by Sourdough Enterprise in Seattle, WA .
Written in English

    Places:
  • Skagway (Alaska)
    • Subjects:
    • Smith, Jefferson Randolph, 1860-1898.,
    • Skagway (Alaska) -- Biography.,
    • Skagway (Alaska) -- History -- 19th century.

    • Edition Notes

      Includes bibliographical references (p. 127-136).

      Statementby Howard Clifford.
      Classifications
      LC ClassificationsF914.S7 S65 1997
      The Physical Object
      Paginationx, 136 p. :
      Number of Pages136
      ID Numbers
      Open LibraryOL282840M
      ISBN 100911803033
      LC Control Number97185263
      OCLC/WorldCa40125300

      Smith died that night of his wounds and Reid lasted twelve days before expiring. There is credible information, from the town marshal, that another man actually fired the fatal shot that killed Soapy Smith that night. His legend has grown in the locale, and a ceremonial wake is held in Skagway, and in Hollywood each year on July 8th. Jefferson Randolph "Soapy" Smith (), though, a common enough criminal, would go down in legend as the Robin Hood of Alaska, the "uncrowned king of Skagway," remembered for his charm and When the Fourth of July was celebrated in '98, he led the parade.

      Reid told Soapy that he could not enter the meeting. Soapy started a fight with Reid. In the ensuing fight both men fired their weapons. Jefferson ‘Soapy‘ Smith died instantly. Frank Reid was shot in the groin and died in hospital twelve days later. Soapy was a complex and enigmatic person. Smith has labored to tell as much of Soapy’s story he can in clear and highly readable prose. He also quotes at length from an abundance of primary sources, offering readers extensive insight.

        Jeff Smith’s website on Soapy Smith; The Smith Family blog, with some amazing scans of correspondence and other records; An article in the Pacific Monthly about Soapy; Old West Swindlers, a book by Laurence Yadon and Robert Barr Smith; The Floor of Heaven: A True Tale of the Last Frontier and the Yukon Gold Rush by Howard Blum. Oct 2, - Explore jjjjeeff's board "Soapy Smith" on Pinterest. See more ideas about Soapy smith, Soapy, Mitchell.9 pins.


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Soapy Smith by Howard Clifford Download PDF EPUB FB2

This is the best researched and complete book on Soapy Smith from one of his direct descendants. It gives a realistic view of the West along with an in depth view of Mr /5(4).

*Includes pictures *Includes a bibliography for further reading *Includes a table of contents Before there was Charles Ponzi, there was Jefferson Randolph “Soapy” Smith II.

The famed Old West con artist and gangster's criminal career ranged from Texas to Alaska, from Denver to the Klondike/5. Jane G. Haigh’s King Con, The Story of Soapy Smith is the kind of region-specific book that is sold mostly to tourists. And, in fact, after hearing about Smith on a walking tour of Ketchikan, Alaska, and thinking him a colorful character, I purchased the book in the local bookstore.

The book is well-researched and well-written/5(2). Jeff Smith is the great-grandson of Soapy Smith book Randolph ("Soapy") Smith II. Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the GoodReads database with this name. See authors with similar names.5/5(1).

This new biography of Jefferson Randolph Smith II, Alias Soapy, is written by a great-grandson of the subject, Jeff Smith. After his 24 years of research and writing, it is hard to imagine a more comprehensive biography of Soapy Smith ever being published.

Her book ‘King Con’ chronicles one Jefferson Randolph “Soapy” Smith, and his various criminal operations. The journey starts in Denver, inwhere Soapy has set up shop on the street, running a.

Alias Soapy Smith The Life & Death of a Scoundrel ♣ The Biography of Jefferson Randolph Smith II by Jeff Smith Order your copy now. Everything I have is sourced and published in my book, Alias Soapy Smith. The only story I can't confirm is the identity of the corpse, but there was a man shot by Soapy and the gang in Creede, who supposedly escaped wounded.

Jeff Smith. A uthor of Alias Soapy Smith: The Life and Death of a. The "Soapy" Smith Tragedy. Early story of Jefferson Randolph Smith. Reprint of original published in Skagway, Alaska by Shea & Patten in Foreword by Howard Clifford. What I didn’t know, and great-grandson Jeff Smith covers in exquisite detail in his book, ALIAS SOAPY SMITH: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF A SCOUNDREL, is that Soapy was a most charismatic underworld Reviews: 1.

In this finely written play based on O. Henry’s short story “The Cop and the Anthem,” we meet a homeless man who shares the tale of Soapy Smith, a former Wall Street broker who went broke and was forced to live on the streets. In the story-within-a-story, we hear how Soapy plans to get sent to prison in order to survive the cold winter.

Jefferson “Soapy” Smith “A gambler is one who teaches and illustrates the folly of avarice; he is a non-ordained preacher on the vagaries of fortune and how to make doubt a certainty.

Summary T his new biography of Jefferson Randolph Smith II, Alias Soapy, is written by a great-grandson of the subject, Jeff Smith. After his 25 years of research and writing, it is hard to imagine a more comprehensive biography of Soapy Smith ever being published.

Tracking down some hundred retellings of the Soapy Smith story, Spude traces the efforts of Skagway's boosters to reinforce a morality tale at the expense of a complex story of town-building and government formation. The idea that Smith's death had made a lawless.

Soapy Smith: The King of the Frontier Con Men by Robertson, Frank C.; Harris, Beth Kay and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at Soapy Smith by Frank C Robertson - AbeBooks Passion for books. Sign On My Account Basket Help. Soapy Smith: The Life and Legacy of the Wild West’s Most Infamous Con Artist looks at the controversial times and crimes of the Western huckster, and the career that led to a notorious end.

You will learn about Soapy Smith like never before. — Troy D. Smith in Roundup Magazine, "At least a dozen books scrutinize Soapy Smith, but 'That Fiend in Hell' unravels in scholarly fashion the mythical story of Jefferson Randolph Smith, the king of western con men. Tracing the augmentation of the myth from source to source, Spude documents the elevation of a notorious, if charming, criminal.

In Will Irwin published a book, The Confessions of a Con Man: As Told to Will Irwin, based on the memoirs of an unnamed confidence man in the ss. My interest in this book is that the unnamed bunco artist apparently met up, and worked with "Soapy" Smith in Skagway, Alaska (The book uses the original spelling of Skaguay).

But Smith was not predestined to become a criminal; if genetics and environment typically determine one’s destiny, he could have become a farmer, a lawyer, or a politician. He was born in Coweta County, Georgia, on November 2,to Jefferson Randolph Smith, Jr., and Emily Dawson Smith, right as the Southern society his family was a part.

"At least a dozen books scrutinize Soapy Smith, but ‘That Fiend in Hell’ unravels in scholarly fashion the mythical story of Jefferson Randolph Smith, the king of western con men.

Tracing the augmentation of the myth from source to source, Spude documents the elevation of a notorious, if charming, criminal into a legendary western hero.”—. The flow of riches lured confidence men, too--among them Jefferson Randolph "Soapy" Smith (), who with an entourage of "bunco-men" conned and robbed the stampeders.

Soapy, though, a common enough criminal, would go down in legend as the Robin Hood of Alaska, the "uncrowned king of Skagway," remembered for his charm and generosity, even.GOLD RUSH: The Soapy Smith Gang in Skagway, Alaska. In Mayhe opened his own establishment from which he ran his gang of con men, thieves, and cutthroats.

The bar even 21 pins.No swindler was more successful at his craft than Jefferson Randolph "Soapy" Smith, who ruled Skagway, Alaska, with a quick hand and a scheming mind.

This book explores his most outrageous escapades. Book jacket."--BOOK JACKET "Biography" Includes bibliographical references.