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[Frontispiece: 'YOU SHALL NOT KILL MY MISTRESS UNTIL YOU HAVE KILLED ME!']

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Noble Deeds of the

World's Heroines

By

HENRY CHARLES MOORE

WITH COLOURED ILLUSTRATIONS

LONDON

THE RELIGIOUS TRACT SOCIETY

4 Bouverie Street & 65 St. Paul's Churchyard

1903

PREFACE

In these pages I have tried to show how women, old and young, in many ranks of life, have proved themselves in times of trial to possess as much courage and daring as men. Some of these 'Brave Women' died for their Master's sake, whilst others, in His cause, passed through dire peril and grievous suffering. All of them counted not their lives dear unto them, so long only as they might do their duty. I have designedly omitted many familiar heroines in the hope of winning attention for some whose deeds have been less widely recognised.

H. C. M.

CONTENTS

I. BRAVE DEEDS OF RESCUE BY WOMEN

ALICE AYRES AND THE UNION STREET FIRE GRACE BUSSELL AND THE WRECK OF THE GEORGETTE CATHERINE VASSEUR, THE HEROINE OF NOYEN MARY ROGERS, AND THE WRECK OF THE STELLA MADELEINE BLANCHET, THE HEROINE OF BUZANÇAIS HANNAH ROSBOTHAM AND THE CHILDREN OF SUTTON SCHOOL

II. BRAVE DEEDS OF WOMEN IN THE MISSION FIELD

JANE CHALMERS; ALONE AMONGST CANNIBALS ANNA HINDERER, AND THE GOSPEL IN THE YORUBA COUNTRY ANN JUDSON ) SARAH JUDSON ) PIONEER WOMEN IN BURMA OLIVIA OGREN, AND AN ESCAPE FROM BOXERS EDITH NATHAN ) MAY NATHAN ) MARTYRED BY BOXERS MARY HEAYSMAN ) MARY RIGGS AND THE SIOUX RISING

III. BRAVE DEEDS OF WOMEN IN WAR TIME

MARY SEACOLE, THE SOLDIERS' FRIEND LAURA SECORD, A CANADIAN HEROINE LADY BANKES AND THE SIEGE OF CORFE CASTLE LADY HARRIET ACLAND, A HEROINE OF THE AMERICAN WAR AIMÉE LADOINSKI AND THE RETREAT LADY SALE AND AN AFGHAN CAPTIVITY ETHEL ST. CLAIR GRIMWOOD AND THE ESCAPE FROM MANIPUR THREE SOLDIERS' WIVES IN SOUTH AFRICA

IV. BRAVE DEEDS OF SELF SACRIFICE AND DEVOTION

ELIZABETH ZANE, A FRONTIER HEROINE NELLIE AMOS, A FRIEND IN NEED ANNA GURNEY, THE FRIEND OF THE SHIPWRECKED GRIZEL HUME, THE DEVOTED DAUGHTER LUCY HUTCHINSON, A BRAVE WIFE LADY BAKER, AN EXPLORER'S COMPANION

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BRAVE DEEDS OF RESCUE BY WOMEN

ALICE AYRES AND THE UNION STREET FIRE

'FIRE! FIRE!'

It was two o'clock in the morning when this cry was heard in Union Street, Borough, London, and the people who ran to the spot saw an oil shop in flames, and at a window above it a servant girl, Alice Ayres, screaming for help. Some rushed off to summon the fire brigade, but those who remained feared that before it could arrive the place would be gutted.

'Jump! jump!' they shouted, and stretched out their coats to break her fall. But instead of jumping Alice Ayres disappeared from the window. There were other people in the house, and she was determined not to seek safety for herself until she had made an attempt to save their lives.

Hurrying to the room where her master, mistress, and one child slept, she battered at the door, and awakening them warned them of their danger. Then through smoke and flames she sped back to her own room, where three children slept in her charge. She gave one look out of the window, but the firemen were not yet on the scene.

'Jump! jump!' the crowd shouted.

But Alice Ayres ignored the entreaties, for she had determined to save the children or die in the attempt. Her first idea was to tie two sheets together and lower the children one by one; but, finding that the sheets would not bear their weight, she dragged a feather bed to the window and dropped it into the street. Willing hands seized it and held it out, expecting her to jump; but she disappeared again, returning, however, a moment or two later, with a little white robed child in her arms. Holding her at arms' length out of the window, she glanced down at the bed, and seeing that it was ready, dropped her. A tremendous cheer from the crowd told her that the little one was safe... Continue reading book >>




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