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 - - i De- CALAMITY JANE. The Ono-Time Terror Now...
- i De- CALAMITY JANE. The Ono-Time Terror Now a Peaceful Book Agent. She b If oir tha Last of the ITomen . Scouts. ronght Indians With Crook and . ' Ouster Ijnd Kept Order la the Turbulent Black Uills. A woman who has klUed mors than Ave score of Indians, who has met and conquered a dosen bad men, and has been In more deadly rowa than falls to the lot of a hundred average men, la now earning a living as book agent. This Is Calamity Jane. Bret Harts mads her famous In "The Luck of Soaring Camp." but tha woman . pictured by tho novelist and the real Calamity Jans are quits different personages. ; - Many people have supposed that Calamity Jane never existed, except In the Imagination of the writer. But she dees exist, and at this particular time she la tramping from bouss to house In Helena, Mont., selling a book, a book she wrote herself and about herself. Aa a literary gem it will never create a furors among posterity, but this does not bother the authoress; all she aspires to is a sals suQ-dent to clothe and Xeed herself until some thing better turns up. She freely acknowledges that she delved Into literature only as a final resource. She was face to face with poverty, so she wrote a book. Moreover, she wants to educate her daughter, and If the sales are numerous nongb this will be dons. - The real Calamity Jans Is a woman of 44 years, weighing less than 125 pounds, and about 5 feet 3 inches in height. Shs has giay eyea. brown hair, a weather-beaten face. and an ordinary raw-boned figure. There la nothing remarkable about her. as far as looks go. bat, as shs says, "When It comes down to cold cases, I am there." . This vague remark may mesa a great variety of things, bat its lHera! meaning is that when danger comes her way aha won't flunk. . . ; MBS. CLINTON, BURKE. .- In private life shs Is Mrs. Clinton Burke, having married gentleman of that name at El Paso, Tex., some ten years age. Her maiden name was Martha Canary, nit. waa Sum-ii in Princeton. Mol. In 1832. and while a baby bar mother died. Whoa 10 years of . age her fa tier took ner to Virginia City, Not., where the wildest anlrltA th Wt- botb Ted SUd Whit. congregated. From the first ahe : was thrown in contact witn men or tno aes Tundn fro, and ' ah oo tin a scrases were ordinary 1 eventa in her life. Naturally, ahe learned to shoot and to look out for her own welfare, for la that reckless community It waa . quits necessary that a woman should be able to care for herself as well as a man. - - Tn nn, of tha constant scrimmages with the Indiana bar father was killed, and the family was broken up. . Marina naa to shift tor herself, and as all shs could do wwmi tn rid and ahoot. aha aot a Dositloa as scout under General Crook. This war not a rare thing among frontier women In those dayc They knew the ways oi ma Indians better than the trained soldiers from the east, and as they expected no f avora on account of their sex, they were as efficient in the work as men. HJLD PLENTY OF NEBTE. "Martha Canarr aoOn worked up to e luiimkin Mmnnr tbeao women. She was but 15 when ahe first became a govern- ment scout, and naa au tne auoacrty oa youth. Besides, she was absolutely fear less and had nerves of rock. Notning waa too hasardoua for aer to endertake, ana la a few yeara she had a reputation fox reckless courage which made her conspicuous among people where that quality was common. Ta recount the number ef affrays an which she figured would be a long task. She earned her title aa Calamity Jans by a bit of gallantry deserving ef handsomer recognition. It .was during Custer's Nes Perce campaign in 1872-73. wnerever Custer was there was alwaya plenty or flehtlna. and aa fighting was ner nopoy, Calamity Jane was there too. ' One of the small scrimmages or this campaign to called the battle of Goose creek camp. A company of soldiere, commanded by a young captain named Egan, were surprised ana eurrounaea Dy Indians, and the soldiers were getting the worst of it. Calamity Jane was outsle the circle of Indians watching the fight, and when her experienced eye told ner mat It was only a question of minutes when the soldiers would be wiped out, she managed to work her way aafely through the Indians to her comrades. On reaching that nnlnt ahe discovered that the captain waa wounded and the soldiers detooial-ized. There was only one good horse left, and getting the captain across the saddle, she got up behind him and then cut loose. She knew the country better than the pursuing Indians, and managed tn i-oaoT. nt of aafetv. Th dlvers'on ah created bv the escape gave a few of - . . .... the soldiers a chance to get away, dux tne , bulk of them were massacred. It was j n,niin rnn who save her the name of I r-aiTrttv Jane, and later her fame under I that title spread from ;ae Dakota to the 1 western line of Montana. . NO CHOICE IN WEAPONS. ; : I T-n tha Ft. Mr hill J between Custer and ' Dead wood, she waa best known, and when that region was In most lawless stages she was a central figure. She was a leading spirit in the vigilant committees, nA Afn.Mflt.vl at aicores of lvnchinir beea. She always dressed In men's clothes, and never appeared wKnout a revolver or rifle. But she didn't hesitate to use other weapons when her ire was aroused. Tbe tragedy - wwen ended John" :11c- rnnl'a Ufa showed thIs.-lTef.anl w-a ' .vf-ao-A -fnph tlrlrr, at Fkaa n crvr1 mwA . " -" " - - . vv.t.wu, nuu WJUJ3 - day he shot a man called Will mi In the back. r::i filed. He was c:j cf ts choice trtenda of Calamity Jane. : When shs heard of the ah oo ting ahe rushed out of her ahanty, with a butcher's cleaver in her hand. She gave a whoop, which brought all the stragglers In town to her heels, and they Joined eagerly In the chaa for McCauL He waa found balf drunk, and the cleaver In the hands of Calamity Jane almost scared him to death. Some of the people proposed that Jans should finish him with the cleaver, but the milder spirits objected, so he was lynched, in the conventional way, attached to the limb of a tree, with Jane standing guard with the cleaver. The curious part of all this Is that six months before Jane bad aaved McCaul's life. She and six others were passengera on McCaul's coach, running from Dead-wood to Wild Birch. Half way between the two points the coach was surrounded by Indians, and McCaul was shot through tbe back. The other passengers lost their .nerve at this, but Jans grabbel up the reins and landed the coach aafely at Wild Birch.-'- Later Jane became a pony, express rider between Dead wood and Custer, an 1 as the country 'was then overrun with hostile Sioux, the Job was an exciting one. After that shs went to ranching at Mile City, Mont., bat raising cattle did not suit her, so shs spened a small, hotel. She was her own bouncer, and when any bad ' men drifted In In search of trouble, ahe always met tbsm more than half way. In 1885 shs went to El Paso, where shs married. Nine 'months ago she returned to Deadwood. ut It waa not the Dead-, wood of old. There was nothing for her to do except to go en the variety stage, and this work dissatisfied her. So shs gave It up to plunge into literature. ; ASTBB DEATH IN ARABIA. - ' Ha whs died at Assn sands -' .XUs to comfort all kla friend, ralthfnl ' friendal "it lies. ' I know. -Pale and whit and cold as aoowj And ye say: "Abdallah'a deadl" Weeping at the feet aad bead. I can see year falling tears; I can bear your slgha and prayers; . yt I smile and whlaper tnl "I am not the thirg yoa klae; -.. Oeaae yonr taars and let It Us; .It was mlnr. It is not 'L" ... Sweet friends! What the women lava. For Ita last bed of the grave. Is a hot which I am Quitting; Is a garment ne more fitting: - Is a cage, from which, at last. Like a hawk, my sool hath pavsad. . Love tho Inmate, not tbe raom ' ", The wearer, not tho gam tbe plants Of th fa loon, not tbe bars Which kept him from tha splsadld stars! Laving Mends! Be wis aad dry ' -.. Straightway every weeping eyex What ye lift upon the bier la not worth a wiatfnl tr. Tls an e'mpty aeaabelV on Out of which, tha pearl has gone; The shell , to broken it lies there; The pearl, tbe all. tha aool. Is hi Tls aa eartnen jar. wnoae u : AUab aealad. the while it bid That traaaore of his treaanry. t A mind that lovad hia; 1st It Hal Let tha shred be eatth's once more. Sine tha gold shines la hie storel , Allah gioriooa! Allak soodi Now thy word to anderateod; -Now ths long, long wooSe esdal Tet ye waep, my erring frlenda, While the man whom ye call dead, 'la oaspokan bliss inataad, ' .' lirea aad loTao.yoa; loot, tls true, , , Br sncb light a shiae for you; Bat la the light ye cannot see . Of unfnmlled felicity In enlarging paradise. Lives s life that neve dies. - Far swan, friends! Tat oat farewan; Where I am ye. too, aball dwell. I am gone before your face. A momant's time, a little space; When ys come where I have stepped, Te will wonder why y wept; Ta will know, by wise lore taught. Tbat here 1 all and there to nanght --Weep awhile, if ya are fain eoBshlne still must follow rata; Only not at death for death. Now ' I knew.- is that first breath -Which oar soals draw when we an tar Liie. which to of aU life canter. Bo ya carta la all seems love." -Viewed from Allah'a throne shove) Be ye stoat of heart, and com . Btavely onward to yonr home! . Itx Allan Ula AUah! yeal Zhoa lore dirine! Tboo love alwayl - He that died at Asan gave -This to those who made his grave. . : (Ed wis Arnold. am ... . help cob. the: iiirnfa.' ' 0! This grand eld earth is a beautiful plaes, - This ma la a ure worm unng; If yoa only but try the rich pleasures that : 11 - . Im the radiant Tirtna of glTiag. All natnr rajoicaa in giving; tbe flowers . 8hed their dalloate perfume around; Ths oUve and vine yield their oil aad their - wine. -- Aad trees deeply fruited around. Oonaldar tbe benefits frealv recetradi Tour bounty aa freely dispense; . : Whom ungratetnl you find, repay sot la Dae, Nor be mean under any pre tens. - Think always, "This moment win sever rs- tor; - - - - ' Of the next I eaa saver be sore: Than how best can thought, word, and deed be lawreosht - With lore, which ahan eva sadaret ; Whan th body Is aramped tn s lesaesing - space. , rv yon think there is much pleasure la itt K more eaa th aoul gain In Joy oa the whole, . ; ' Whila it did grow less vry ouanta.. Wealth has s diminishing power to pleaast But the giring hand open a fount, whose loya nerer cease, bat forever increase, . Flowing down tho del ec tab la mount I What boot it. though high e'er my mouldering bones, . : ,, The marble in splendor you pile, If yoa left ms la life to toll on la the Strife, With scare an encouraging aznilet Away with tbe fast fading pleaanrea of alf : Be yonr sentiment, "Help for th living:" Then fear not th morrow. . but banish aU Borrow - ' To-day. in the pleasures of giving. (William M. Bichan. la Borne rr ilia Jouraal. LOVJTS UTTEBFRETEBS, Giro me tbe qnlll of a lark. And dip it iu Tlolet dyea. ' ; Tbat my darllng'a ear may bark To tbe aoog of the birds, and her eyes Th aoul of th flower surpria. - Find me an ocean shell - On the strand of eternity. . . . -. That ber heart may catch tha swell Of tbat soundiesa, shoreless sea. Lore's ebblea tld in ma. ; " Stay me ray of llpht - - : Aa it llashe from sky to earth; Let a teardrop bar ita flight. , That ahe may read lore's worth In a rainbow's beauteous birth. - V .Fetch me tbe bouph of the tree Where Robin -woive tbe day: It shall flood with ecstasy Her heart, snd May, sweet May, Sboll bonrreon there alwar. (ZZZk Gi.iert Irea, in Noreaiber L-rpIneott's. Cf exqnislte Cavor, pure and wtnle:.T" Ar-ootnra Litters It a stanlarj tatie c . .. . ?j. Dr. J. O. a;. i.:.-:tt it j. i , ( -

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  1. The Times-Picayune,
  2. 25 Oct 1896, Sun,
  3. Page 15

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