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The Naughty Borax King

January 24, 2010 |  4:00 am

Jan. 24, 1920, Briggs 

“The Days of Real Sport,” by Clare Briggs.

Jan. 24, 1920, Thorkildsen

Mr. Thorkildsen submits a photograph of his wife in a “scanty” bathing suit.

Jan. 24, 1920, Thorkildsen
Jan. 24, 1920: A deposition read in the divorce trial of borax king Thomas Thorkildsen catalogues the liquor consumed at one party: “37 bottles of Champagne, numerous cocktails and glasses of Burgundy, and innumerable Scotch highballs.” Mr. Thorkildsen and Mrs. Agnes Smith, a woman other than his wife, were “picturesque but terribly naughty,” the maid says.