We’ve added a new Library to our HeinOnline Subscription:  Spinelli’s Law Librarian’s Reference Shelf.  As it sounds, the collection is intended for law librarians and it was put together by Dick Spinelli, a long time William S. Hein associate and friend to many a law librarian. The collection, though, contains interesting material for all.

For example,

  • The Collection also contains historical legal dictionaries and quotation collections including
  • Criminal Slang: The Vernacular of the Underworld Lingo by Vincent Joseph Monteleone. Also see Dictionary of the Underworld, British & American. Being the Vocabularies of Crooks, Criminals, Racketeers, Beggars and Tramps, Convicts, the Commercial Underworld, the Drug Traffic, the White Slave Traffic, by Eric Partridge.

Do you know what a Bandog is?  How about a Band House?
Did you ‘buy new shoes” this weekend? Have you eaten any camp strawberries or been bitten by any crimson ramblers lately?  And are any of you Library Birds?

 A bandog is a policeman or jailer. A Band House is a jail or house of prostitution. And if you bought new shoes, you jumped bail. If you ate camp strawberries, you ate some beans and hopefully, no bed bugs have bitten you lately. And if you are a Library Bird, we’ll see you around because you spend most of your time loafing in a library.

  •  Quote It II: A Dictionary of Memorable Legal Quotations: Data, Epigrams, Wit and Wisdom from Legal and Literary Sources Compiled by Eugene C. Gerhart

The end and aim of a lawyer is duplex, first, to know, and second to appear to know-the later brings in clients and the former holds them.
-NORTH, Roger, A Discourse on the Study of the Laws (London: Charles Baldwin, 1824), p. 28.

 For him that stealeth a Book from this Library, let it change to a Serpent in his hand and rend him. Let him be struck with Palsy, and all his Members be blasted. Let him languish in Pain, crying aloud for Mercy and let there be no surcease to his Agony till he sink to Dissolution. Let Book-worms gnaw his Entrails in token of the Worm that dieth not, and when at last he goeth to his final Punishment let the Flames of Hell Consume him for ever and aye.
-From The Old Librarians Almanack – 1773