CALIFORNIA COLLECTION: San Quentin Mugshots – “Rub-a-Dub Smith” (1879)

David Smith, alias Rub-a-Dub Smith, alias Soapy Smith of Denver, Colorado, and old time bunco man. Served time in San Quentin Prison for grand larceny. His line was crooked faro games and the old soap trick of rolling a piece of soap up with bills from $5.00 to $50.00 and dropping them in to a grip and charging $5.00 to put your hand in the grip and take out a package. No one was ever known to get anything out but a piece of soap. I have seen hundreds of people in Denver trying there [sic] luck at his game in the year 1879. (J.B.C. [Jesse B. Cook])

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