Chicago Tribune, July 22, 1903. This item has been attracting quite a bit of traffic over at The Hope Chest, thanks primarily to an incoming link in a post on The Straight Dope Message Boards. The author of the latter writes: “What the hell are they talking about? A ‘padlock bet’? An explosion? An automobile plunging into Lake Michigan, instead of an explosion? Confidence men? And all of it…an ‘old story'”?