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    Annie Oakley: A Wonderful Typed Letter to her Sister-in-law Emma, Reporting on her Famous Court Victory over Hearst in her Libel Suit. When in 1903 a woman (a drug addict!) was arrested in Chicago for stealing a man's trousers, she gave her name as "Anna Oakley." The Hearst newspapers jumped on the scoop, and, without verifying the identity of the woman, published what became a sensational and widely disseminated scandal-story of the great shooting star's downfall. Annie sued every newspaper that had printed the story, winning dozens of small judgments. The last settlement was not reached until 1910. But the climax of Annie's campaign to rescue her reputation was the outcome of the Hearst case itself in 1906. Among other unsavory tactics, Hearst had hired private detectives to try, without success, to dig up dirt on Oakley and Butler. When she got word while traveling by train that the jury had ruled against Hearst, Annie could not wait. She dictated this letter to her sister-in-law while riding the Pennsylvania Limited. An important document in the Annie Oakley story. Excellent condition. 8" x 10.5". This lot will be accompanied by a family letter of provenance.

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