John Nichols Beffel at the Dill Pickle Club


1845-1945, Trevor Blake / Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

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John Nichols Beffel (1887 – 1973) was a journalist with sympathies to outsiders and anarchists. Among his many credits are pieces in the American Mercury, the Chicago Daily News, the Detroit Free Press, New Trends, the New York World, and the New York Herald Tribune among others. And, apparently, Cartoons Magazine for December 1911 (Volume 16 Number 6), where he provided this sketch of the egoist Mecca, the Dill Pickle Club of Chicago.  Sirfessor Malfew Seklew and Ragnar Redbeard, among others, frequented The Dill Pickle Club.

Beffel sometimes used the pseudonyms Lancey Fitzgibbons, George Moresby, Mary Starland and Daniel Tower. He wrote extensively about anarchist and labor causes, such as the Centralia Masacre, Sacco and Vanzetti, and others. His papers includes an unpublished manuscript on Mikhail Bakunin.