The Legend of Stagecoach Mary,
Also known as Mary Fields, Stagecoach Mary was one of the toughest ladies of the Old West. Born as a slave on a Tennessee plantation in 1832, she gained her freedom after the Civil War and the resulting abolition of slavery. After the Civil War Mary made her way west where she eventually settled in Cascade County, Montana.
In Montana Mary would gain a reputation as one of the toughest characters in the territory. Unlike most women of the Victorian Era, Mary had a penchant for whiskey, cheap cigars, and brawling. It was not uncommon for men to harass her because of her race or her gender. Those who earned her disfavor did so at their own risk, as the six foot tall two hundred pound woman served up a mean knuckle sandwich. According to her obituary in Great Falls Examiner “she broke more noses than any other woman in Central Montana”.
In Montana Mary made a living doing heavy labor for a Roman Catholic convent. She did work such as carpentry, chopping wood, and stone work. However it was her job of transporting supplies to the convent by wagon that would earn her the name “Stagecoach Mary”. The job was certainly dangerous, as she braved fierce weather, bandits, robbers, and wild animals. In one instance her wagon was attacked by wolves, causing the horses to panic and overturn the wagon. Throughout the night Stagecoach Mary fought off several wolf attacks with a rifle, a ten gauge shotgun, and a pair of revolvers.
Mary’s job with the convent ended when another hired hand complained it was not fair that she made more money than him to the townspeople and the local bishop. When the bishop dismissed his claims, he went to a local saloon, saying that it was not fair that he should have to work with a black woman (he said something much more obscene). In response, Mary shot him in the bum. The bishop fired Mary, and she was out of a job.
After a failed attempt at running a restaurant, Stagecoach Mary was hired to run freight for the US Postal Service. Today she holds the distinction of being the first African American postal employee. Despite delivering parcels to some of the most remote and rugged areas of Montana, Mary gained a reputation for always delivering on time regardless of the weather or terrain.
At the age of seventy, Stagecoach Mary retired from the parcel business and opened a laundry. In one incident when a customer refused to pay, the 72 year old woman knocked out one of his teeth. For the remainder of her life Mary settled down to peace and quiet, drinking whiskey and smoking cheap cigars. She passed away in 1914 at the age of 82.
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"Social discrimination produces in women moral and intellectual effects so profound that they appear to be caused by nature."
— The Second Sex, Simone de Beauvoir
OKAY SERIOUS TALK GUYS!
This clown has been seen over the past few weeks around Mansfield, Chesterfield and Doncaster, I haven’t seen a post about it on here and I really want people to know about it.
Okay so first of all besides it being really frickin creepy to begin with (designed to look like pennywise the clown) it has been roaming the streets at night time, it was started out by a student film director who was doing it for fun, but it has sparked a few people to take it farther.
Some of the clowns have been tapping on windows, trying to get children out of the house (Reportedly) also it is believed that some of them have knives and are marked as dangerous.
Please please please if you live in these areas or know someone who does, especially of they have kids, could you signal boost this? I just really want people to be safe!!
I heard friends say that he’s been sighted in Nottingham and Lincoln as well. Good thing I live on the 6th floor. Hard to tap my window.
There’s not just one, and they’re in sheffield too, a girl from my year got a picture of one on the road that my school is on. They will follow you home, muggings have been reported, although it is not believed that they go into buildings or actually attack anyone with their knives.
Apparently there is one in Lancashire and burnley too! Pls be careful!
They walk inside people’s houses if the doors aren’t locked. They also aren’t near my town, but everyone’s talking about them.
there was one at my school a couple of weeks ago and we got told that if you see one to report where they are to the police straight away
WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON IN ENGLAND
photosynthetic colour change. photos (click pic) by: 1. justin schmauser; 2. torsten silz; 3. zoomboy1; 4. justin schmauser; 5. anymotion; 6. jim bolden sr.; 7. jaqueline d’ella; 8. zoomboy1: 9. justin schmauser; 10. alister c.
Fall is coming to an end, the sun sinks lower every day, and the chill of early winter has fallen across much of the northern hemisphere.
That means that, in places where leaves actually change color (AKA “not in Austin, where I live”), green has long given way to fiery reds and oranges, and that fire has since fallen to the ground, extinguished by garden rakes or decomposition, or blown out by brisk winds.
Hold on to these macro photos of color-changing leaves as a memory of the passing season. As the days have grown shorter, these plants have stopped producing as much green chlorophyll, and their carotenoids and anthocyanins shine through in bright canary and deep vermillion hues. You can also observe their veins, weaving beneath the leaf’s scaly epidermis, cutting cracks like a drying desert pond.
Here’s a less poetic diagram:
This is the beauty that lies in knowing, the science in the details, the wonder of the changing seasons.
16 girls rescued from Nigeria ‘baby factory’
Sixteen pregnant teenagers, between the ages of 14 and 19, have been rescued from what the Nigeria police described as a “baby factory” operated by a fake medical doctor in Southeast Imo State.
He asserted that for years that orphanage existed and its registration status has shielded its nefarious activities from the security operatives.
The police chief said the rescued girls are between the ages of 14 and 19.
The girls, he added, were recruited by one James Ezuma, a fake medical doctor already standing trial over allegations of owning a gun-running business.
Katsina said the teenage mothers were paid between N100, 000 and N150, 000 (roughly between $640 and $960) to abandon their newborn babies.
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"Footbinding in China was outlawed in 1911. However, it continued until 1949 in the remote mountain areas of the country (Cummings, Ling, and Stone, 1997). A daughter with bound feet meant greater status for the girl and her family because the daughter could now attract important and influential men as suitors. The criterion for a good daughter-in-law was represented by a well-bound foot. Girls learned early that they influenced the reputations of both birth family and the family of her husband or future husband with a small, petite foot (Blake, 1994)."
Parrot, Andrea & Cummings, Nina. Forsaken Females: The Gobal Brutalization of Women. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. 2006, (p. 4 - 5)
The world contains many thousands of political prisoners but in the last 50 years only one of them, Nelson Mandela, has turned his imprisonment into a tool to create political change and national liberty.
He accomplished this by intelligence, guile, patience, tolerance for his enemies — and a display of such majestic dignity he commanded the sympathy of the world, even the grudging sympathy of the white South Africans from whom he won power.
To a harsh, cold world he brought a strange and refreshing sweetness. News from Africa was almost always bad, just as it is today, but news involving him always carried a grace note of hope. His gift to everyone was an unquenchable optimism, maintained in the face of appalling conditions. That, and quiet good humour.
He was not the innocent social democrat many of us would have liked him to be. He tolerated the Communist connections of colleagues in the African National Congress (ANC) and at certain times saw serious virtue in Communism. Nor was he a Gandhi. He conspired in acts of violent sabotage when he saw no other way. But at the crucial moment, he knew what to do. (Photo: ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images)
Seriously hate group work with people that are ‘dandy with just getting that 40%’