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The Real “Gunboat” Smith


A new man in town was thought to be the famous Irish American boxer Edward “Gunboat” Smith. But when the City of Reno police arrested him as a suspect in a $310 ($4,500 today) theft from the Casino gambling house in Northern Nevada, they discovered he was an impostor. His real name was Jack Smith.

Because the crime eyewitness couldn’t identify Smith as the perpetrator, Police Chief John M. Kirkley ordered the impersonator out of town.

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