Out of  St. Louis comes the news of the tragic death of “Joseph Hennella, a female impersonator” who as part of his act “worse a corset tightly laced, to give the effect of a small waist.”  He collapsed on the stage and died three hours later.

The hospital physicians said the tight lacing had caused a kidney trouble, and induced a tendency to apoplexy. Hennella was of medium height, and inclined to be stout. He was 40 years old. In his younger days it was easy for him to get the feminine lines, but lately his increasing girth made it necessary for him to lace extremely tight to create the illusion.

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