Fakir (1975); Municipality of Wind (1875)

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   OED has 1882.

   21 June 1875, CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, pg. 1, col. 4:
      _Our Street Fakirs.*_
   The fakirs here meant are neither Persian dervishes nor Hindoo ascetics.  Fakir is the technical term for a street-peddler--the men who, behind their stands at the street-corners, solicit by voice and gesture the patronage of the public.
*Mayhew, the only writer on this subject, uses the term Fakement to designate a statement drawn up for the purposes of deception; hence the word Fake--goods made for the street sale, so the vender is called Fakir.


   8 March 1875, CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, pg. 4, col. 5:
      _The Mayor's Movements._
   Mayor Johnston and his "next friend," Quinn, the Roofer, returned from Chicago yesterday morning.  The train was due here early, but was detained by the trifling circumstances of a "jump off" two hours this side of the City of the Lakes, and a much more emphatic adventure on a bridge near Richmond.
   In Chicago both gentlemen met,...
   What they didn't see, we venture to wager, in that five hours wasn't worth seeing in the Municipality of Wind.

   25 February 1875, CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, pg. 2, col. 1:
(...)  They read the Chicago papers; are proud of Chicago's prosperity; believe in Chicago wind; trust in Chicago; and swear by Chicago; but when it comes to cutting up the glorious State of Indiana to accommodate Chicago they will rebel.

   6 February 1875, CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, pg. 9, col. 2:
   _The Wind-Swept, Fire-Scorched and Frozen_
      _City--Nice Place to Live._

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