Peck's Sun was a hugely
popular Milwaukee Newspaper. Here is the weekly edition for March
15,1884 (Volume X, No. XXXXI). Calling it a newspaper is probably not
accurate since there is very little local or national news within it.
And the "news" that is noted is put in very humorous light. Mostly
Peck's Sun is a collection of various humorous stories and columns with
the addition of numerous local advertisements.
Many wonderful patent medicine ads with claims of the successful
treatment of virtually every condition known are found within this
paper. Really it they not unlike those "convincing" arguments made
today by many "practitioners" of alternative medicine. Today of course
the ads are a little flashier but not any more believable (except to
the naive). Iridology anyone??
This is a typical ad. Here is Dr. Williams who will cure your syphilis
and gonorrhea. Amazing since Penicillin was not invented until 1928 -
44 years after Dr. Williams claim. He will even fix you by mail.
The Peck's Bad Boy and His Pa column is on the far left of the front
page (above the fold).
February 17, 1883
Here is the Peck's Sun for Saturday,
February 17, 1883. Note the Peck's Bad Boy column on the far left above
the fold. This column, in its entirety, appeared in Peck's Bad Boy and
His Pa as chapter 35 in the 1883 Belford, Clarke and Co. first edition.
This is the penultimate chapter in the book.