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Newspaper stories from the good old days say the darndest things. So every week on the Sexist, let’s take a ride on journalism’s way-back machine, to a time when recently decapitated Arabian women competed for ink with adorably mischievous train-track terriers!

This Week In Sexist History, a double billing:

followed by:

Good ‘Ol Day: August 28, 1897

On August 28, 1897, a couple of newsworthy events occurred: A nine-year-old girl discovered the head of a local Arabian woman in the woods, was threatened with death by the woman’s killer, then escaped just in time to avoid the forest fire the murderer lit to obscure his victim’s remains. In other news, dog did something cute. I wonder which story the New York Times deemed worthy of the most column inches?

Nameless decapitated foreign woman: 29 lines.

Now how about that dog?

Dog imbued with the human qualities of inquiry, serenity, gaiety, and amusement by the New York Times: 42 lines.