[Ads-l] "putting [someone] 'hep to the good thing''' 1902 (an antedating? my 1903)

Stephen Goranson goranson at DUKE.EDU
Wed Jan 29 13:13:36 UTC 2020

In a race track scheme story with "slang." Open access, so I'll type only a little. Here, "man of mines" is a long-shot bettor rich from lead and zinc mining.

The Republic, St. Louis, MO, Friday, January 3, 1901, page 6, col. 2. [1]

The understanding that Fessenden had was that he was to get $800 of the plunder for putting the man of mines "hep to the good thing."

Stephen Goranson


PS. A (new?) etymological proposal may follow, but now mere reporting.

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