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Story from a Kansas State Highway Patrol officer…….

I made a traffic stop on an elderly lady the other day for speeding
on U.S. 166 Eastbound at Mile Marker 73 just East of Sedan, KS.
I asked for her driver’s license, registration, and proof of insurance.
The lady took out the required information and handed it to me.
In with the cards I was somewhat surprised (due to her advanced age)
to see she had a conceal carry permit. I looked at her and ask if
she had a weapon in her possession at this time.

She responded that she indeed had a .45 automatic in her glove box.
Something—body language, or the way she said it—made me want
to ask if she had any other firearms. She did admit to also having
a 9mm Glock in her center console. Now I had to ask one more
time if that was all. She responded once again that she did have
just one more, a .38 special in her purse. I then asked her what
was she so afraid of.

She looked me right in the eye and said, “Not a damn thing!”

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“Toddler” is 20 Years Old, and Forever Young, Due to Baffling Medical Condition….

Brooke Greenberg may be 20 years old, but she remains forever trapped inside the body and mind of a toddler, due to a mystery medical condition that has baffled medical experts for years.
“From age one to four, Brooke changed. She got a little bit bigger,” explained her father, Howard, during the family’s appearance on Thursday’s “Katie” with Katie Couric. “But age four, four to five, she stopped.”

Since then, Brooke’s height and weight of 16 pounds and 20 inches have remained a constant. She wears diapers, is pushed in a stroller, gets fed through a feeding tube due to a too-small esophagus, and communicates like an infant would, estimates her mother Melanie.

“Like 6 months,” she explained on the show. “If she’s happy, she’ll giggle and laugh.”

Doctors have told Melanie and Howard, who live in Maryland, that there is no other known case like Brooke’s in the world. And at least one medical expert believes that Brooke’s condition could hold the key to the fountain of youth.
“Here’s a woman 20 years old who has literally stopped aging,” explained Dr. Eric Schadt, director of the Icahn Institute for Genomics and Multi-Scale Biology at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York, who also appeared on the broadcast. He said he took an interest in Brooke’s case after years of her receiving no diagnosis from other doctors, and that her case could “blow a whole field of science wide open.”
This is exactly why the Goldberg family has made the decision to go public with their story, Howard told Yahoo! Shine. “The reason we are doing it isn’t to put my family on television,” he said. “Finding out that her DNA makeup is completely different than anyone else’s brought to our attention that we could help. So eventually, at the end of the rainbow, there will be something that comes out of all this. I believe everyone is here for a reason.”
Howard and Melanie provide care to Brooke day in and day out, and have watched their younger daughter, 17-year-old Carly, eclipse her older sister by developing normally over the years. They admit they have often felt isolated in their struggle.

“It hasn’t been easy,” Melanie told Couric. “We don’t have anybody really to turn to, to tell us what to expect.” Doctors have no way to even determine how long Brooke may live.

Still, her parents say they take solace in the fact that she’s here now, and believe she does not need to be cured of anything.

“If somebody knocked on the door right now and said, ‘It’s a guaranteed pill. Give this to Brooke and she’ll be fixed,’ well first I would say to him, ‘She’s not broken.’ And B, I would say, ‘Thank you, but no thank you,” Howard said in a video filmed for the “Katie” show.

To research Brooke’s condition, scientists are reading every single letter of the young woman’s DNA. “That would fill, like, 3,000 of the Harry Potter books that my kids like. That’s how big her genome is,” Dr. Schadt explained, adding that, so far, scientists have put her genes in fruit flies to see if it helps them live longer. He added that the Greenberg’s take solace in the fact Brooke has also helped with research into conditions including Alzheimer’s, heart disease and cancer.

“That,” he said, “is a pretty amazing gift to be able to give to humanity.”

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Sarah Emma Edmonds…Union Spy…Woman master of disguise….

Emma Edmonds was an expert of disguise. She was a spy for the Union, who was originally from Canada. When she first came to the Union, she disguised herself as a male nurse known as Franklin Thompson. Finding a job during the war was hard if you were a female, so she disguised herself a male most of the time. There were many disguises she used when she was a spy. At times she would dress up as a black man. For the costume she covered her body in silver nitrate, wore a suite, and a wig. Other times she was an old Irish peddler. Emma Edmonds loved to disguise her self for her spying missions.
Emma Edmonds did many things to benefit the Union. She went on eleven missions and when she was not spying she was a male nurse. On her first mission she went down south to a Confederate camp. She disguised herself as a black slave. She determined the layout of the camp. She also drew sketches of the rebel defenses and weapons.
During this mission, officers became suspicious of Edmonds because she was not working. She was put right to work; she had to carry water to soldiers. While carrying water she would ask questions about the Confederate. The next day while serving water, one of the soldiers said, “You’re turning white!”. Edmonds covered up with, “I always expected to have some white on me cause my mama was white.”. While trying to fall asleep Edmonds over herd a peddler talking to a soldier. The peddler was describing Yankees forces, camps, and bragged that he had revealed one of the Union Lieutenants locations to some other troops. Edmonds realized that the peddler was a spy.
Her next mission she dressed up as an Irish lady peddler. Edmonds went around to different camps selling items and getting information. At one camp, someone figured out she was a spy. For a quick escape she stole a horse and ran away. While trying to escape someone shot her in the arm.
When Edmonds was working as a nurse she came down with malaria. The problem was that if she went to a real hospital her true identity would be revealed. So, she entered a private hospital as a woman. When she recovered, she reentered into the army as a female nurse.

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Mary Elizabeth Bowser – African-American Union spy in the Confederate White House.

NAME: Mary Elizabeth Bowser


PLACE OF BIRTH: Richmond, Virginia

FAMILY BACKGROUND: Mary Elizabeth Bowser was born as a slave to owner John Van Lew, a wealthy hardware merchant. His daughter, Elizabeth, and her mother freed her father’s slaves after his death in 1843 or 1851 (sources differ). Accounts record the Van Lew women buying members of their slaves’ families from other owners, when they found out they were going to be sold, and then freeing them. Another former slave named Nelson went North with Mary after the Civil War; some sources believe this was her father.

EDUCATION: Mary remained with the Van Lew family after she was freed and worked as a paid servant. Elizabeth sent Mary to the Quaker School for Negroes in Philadelphia in the late 1850s.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS: After graduating, Mary returned to Richmond and married William or Wilson Bowser, a free Black man, on April 16, 1861 — just days before the Civil War began. The ceremony was highly unusual because the church parishioners were primarily white. They settled down just outside Richmond, and Mary continued to work in the Van Lew house.

After the war began, Elizabeth Van Lew asked Mary to help her in the elaborate spying system she had established in the Confederate capitol. Despite Elizabeth being a staunch abolitionist and loyal to the Union, she was a prominent member of Richmond because of her father’s wealth and status. But her views and actions (attending to Union soldiers at Libby Prison with food and medicine, in particular) earned her the enmity of her community. Elizabeth used this to her advantage — taking on a slightly crazy, muttering, slovenly personae that earned her the nickname “Crazy Bet” — to cover up her serious efforts to help the Union. In addition to the industrious spying and aiding Union prisoners (while also gleaning information from the captives), Elizabeth also helped escaped prisoners by hiding them in a secret room in her mansion. She wrote her information in cipher code, hid the messages in the soles of servants’ shoes or hollowed egg shells, then had the notes relayed to Union officers through several helpers and agents.

Mary had considerable intelligence, as well as some acting skills. In order to get access to top-secret information, Mary became “Ellen Bond,” a dim-witted, also slightly crazy, but able servant. Elizabeth had a friend take Mary along to help at functions held by Varina Davis, the wife of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Mary proved herself well and was eventually taken on full-time, working in the Confederate White House until just before the end of the war. Of course, they assumed she was a slave.

With the racial prejudice of the day, the assumption that slaves were illiterate and not intelligent, and the way slave servants were trained to seem invisible, Mary was able to glean considerable information simply by doing her job. While serving meals and cleaning up after, she overhead conversations about troop strategy and movement between the president and his advisors and military officers. Being literate, she was able to read letters and documents that were left out in the president’s private study. She memorized everything word for word. Apparently President Davis came to realize there was a leak in the house, but did not suspect Mary until late in the war.

Mary passed her information to either Elizabeth, whom she met occasionally at night near the Van Lew farm just outside Richmond, or Thomas McNiven, a reputable Richmond baker. With his business, both at the bakery itself and while making deliveries, he was able to receive and pass on secrets without suspicion. In his stops at the Davis household, Mary would greet him at the wagon and talk briefly. Just before he died in 1904, Thomas told his daughter Jeannette about these activities, and she in turn told her nephew, Robert Waitt Jr., who recorded them in 1952. According to Thomas, Mary was the source of the most crucial information available:

“…as she was working right in the Davis home and had a photographic mind. Everything she saw on the Rebel president’s desk, she could repeat word for word. Unlike most colored, she could read and write. She made a point of always coming out to my wagon when I made deliveries at the Davis’ home to drop information.”

Toward the end of the war, suspicion finally did fall on Mary, although it is not known how or why. She fled in January 1865, but she attempted one last act as a Union spy and sympathizer. She tried to burn down the Confederate Capitol, but was unsuccessful.

After the war, the federal government destroyed the records of Southern spy activities, to protect their lives — including Mary, Elizabeth and Thomas. This is why details are missing in their stories. Several sources state that Mary recorded her spying activities in a diary, but family members inadvertently discarded it in 1952. Other sources say the family destroyed them on purpose because they were afraid they might fall into the wrong hands. And still other sources say the diary still exists, in the possession of a Black family that refuses to release it. Apparently, the Bowser family rarely discussed her work — even among family members — fearing retaliation from lingering Confederate sympathists, and given the political and social climate in the South. There is no record of Mary’s life after the war, or her death. It is thought that she returned to the North (Philadelphia?).

In 1995, the U.S. government honored Mary Elizabeth Bowser for her efforts by inducting her in the U.S. Army Military Intelligence Corps Hall of Fame in Fort Huachuca, Arizona. During the ceremony, her contribution was described thus:

“Ms. Bowser certainly succeeded in a highly dangerous mission to the great benefit of the Union effort. She was one of the highest placed and most productive espionage agents of the Civil War. … [Her information] greatly enhanced the Union’s conduct of the war. … Jefferson Davis never discovered the leak in his household staff, although he knew the Union somehow kept discovering Confederate plans.”

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