NEW YORK, Sept 24.-- Bob Slavin, the funny man of the Howard Atheneum theater, received a telegram from Baltimore Monday night just before the performance began at the Bijou theater that his wife was dying at her home in that city. She had been ailing since last winter, when she suffered with the "grip." However, Mr. Slavin went on in his grotesque comedy act, and rarely has been funnier. He made the audience roar with laughter. Immediately upon leaving the stage he broke into tears, and hurriedly donning his street clothes, hurried away to take a train for Baltimore.
Sterling (Illinois) Standard, September 24, 1890.