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  • n. Any of the members of an Irish-American secret society, mostly coal miners.


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  • History buffs can explore something authentically local, such as the former Carbon County Jail, where the Molly Maguire union militants were manacled in underground cells and then hanged.

    Is There Life After Jim Thorpe for Jim Thorpe, Pa.?

  • That day, stories covered the deaths in the city of five people from sunstroke; an inquest into several deaths aboard the wrecked yacht Mohawk; and the murder conviction of three Molly Maguire assassins in Pennsylvania, an early glimpse of labor wars to follow.

    A Furnace Afloat

  • You will search in vain for an authentic Captain Swing who led the English agricultural rioters in the 1830s, a genuine Molly Maguire who fought Irish landlords in the 1840s or a real Rebecca who led rioters in Wales during that same decade.

    No Uncertain Terms

  • Five times since then Molly Maguire has appropriated all that the flood carried from my premises to hers, and five times have I lifted my carpets and moved

    The Case of Jennie Brice

  • When I went down-stairs, Molly Maguire was waiting in the kitchen, and had the audacity to ask me if I thought the coat needed a new lining!

    The Case of Jennie Brice

  • In the afternoon Molly Maguire put on the striped fur coat and went out, going slowly past the house so that I would be sure to see her.

    The Case of Jennie Brice

  • I sat there, with a crowd of children paddling on a raft outside the window, and Molly Maguire, next door, hauling the morning's milk up in

    The Case of Jennie Brice

  • I took it; I am not proud, and I should like Molly Maguire to see it.

    The Case of Jennie Brice

  • Molly Maguire was there, and all her children around her, gaping.

    The Case of Jennie Brice

  • Molly Maguire, next door, at the window, rubbing and brushing at the fur coat, only made things worse.

    The Case of Jennie Brice


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