Nellie, Apr. 5

Nellie Cashman Cashman escaped the Irish potato faine to mine the American West. she combined adventure with compassion, braving Canadian blizzards for two months to save 75 miners dying of scurvy and courageously facing Tombstone at the time of the gungiht at the O.K. Corral and the Apache Wars. The chamion female Klondike muser at 75, Nellie died penniless. How could I avoid writing her story?
Last week’s writing brought Nellie, her mother, Frances, and sister, Fannie, onto a coffin ship in Queenstown, Ireland head for America.
Today, they go through the crossing, where there were not enough food or space, and those who died were thrown overboard. But they survive to arrive in Boston, Massachusetts.

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