Happy Bill of Rights Day!

Today is the 229th anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights to the Constitution of the United States of America. It really should be a national holiday on par with the Fourth of July. The flag of the United States, circa 1880.

The Bronte Sisters Played Their Own Fantasy RPG

Stumbled across this cool bit of literary history just a few minutes ago... In 1845, two years before Wuthering Heights was published, Emily Brontë shared a train trip to York with her sister Anne, who was two years out from publishing her first novel Agnes Grey. To pass the time the two sisters played a... Continue Reading →

God made men; Sam Colt made ’em laugh

Yes, indeed he did. Samuel Colt raised the funds to start his firearms manufacturing business by touring the country as "The Celebrated Dr. Coult of London, New York and Calcutta," a "practiced chemist" demonstrating the wondrous effects of nitrous oxide for the edification and wonderment of all. In reality, of course, he was neither a... Continue Reading →

Nate Champion’s last stand

Nate Champion knew too much. For years, Champion and his small ranch had been a thorn in the side of the Wyoming Stock Growers' Association, a cabal of the biggest ranchers in the Johnson County area. The cattlemen insisted that Champion and his fellow small settlers were rustlers, constantly stealing cattle out of the bigger... Continue Reading →

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