Jail Inmates Form Quartette in 1894


Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 6/5/1894.

The Blackshire Quartette

Owing to recent developments Charley Blackshire, the jailer, has decided to do his own serenading hereafter, and for this purpose he has organized from among his prisoners a vocal club which is destined to become one of the most famous quartettes that has ever given public performances on the American stage.  The renowned and gigantic pugilist, Dave Welsh, noted for his bravery and daring deeds in recent combats, has developed into a prodigy of wonder as a soloist and leader of the quartette.  When joined by the other members of this band their discordant strains swell upon the ears of passers by like the Stygian voices of pandemonium making the night hideous by their unearthly howls and render the midnight gloom more awful to Will Stevenson than the nocturnal prowlings of Tim Hagerty and Mel McCroskey as seen in his troubled dreams, the deep base notes of the aforesaid David's voice turning the mattress in Will's virtuous couch.  Immediately after the June term of court this wonderful band of vocalists whose fame is spreading like wild fire over the country will startle the natives into admiration and wonder by their public performances at Grantsville and other large cities of this nation and Europe.  Their initial step in the musical arena will be marked by the rendition of the "immortal David's" first composition. - The Calhoun Jail