The African Dodger

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Thu Oct 6 11:10:04 UTC 2011

My grandparents told me about this phenomenon when I was about five years
old. They seemed to be referring to their youth - as I recall -  which would
have been more or less before 1910 or 1915

They didn't specify that the victim had to be black, though in the few refs.
I've seen since then, he always is.

Nor did they have a name for the business. They just thought it was the
usual craziness.


On Thu, Oct 6, 2011 at 2:33 AM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at> wrote:

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> On p.15 of this GB book, the African Dodger is called, "The Bobo."
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