Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Sun Oct 16 00:17:20 UTC 2011

Now that I've got your attention ... I find that:

All 4 instances before 1909 are false, 2 due to cropping by Google
Books of the leftmost two letters of lines, 2 due to non-recognition
of multi-column text.  I was hoping it would mean something like a
"bashaw of three tails".


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