Lily, part 3.

In which Lily Parr, women's soccer pioneer, and her teammates show off their skills in France and meet Winston Churchill.      The following day at Stockport’s Edgeley Park, the French, perhaps exhausted from their long trip and their efforts of the previous day, succumbed to a 5-2 thrashing.      “What you girls need,” said Alice…

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The Vengeance Weapon

In which communities in the north of England are subjected to a Christmas attack from Hitler's dreaded 'Vengeance Weapons'.      “Quiet, boys!” declared Sister Agnes. “No more talking. Off to sleep with you now!”      She felt a soft tug at her sleeve, and glanced down at the small earnest face peering up at her.…

Lily (part 2)

 In which Lily and the Dick, Kerr Ladies meet a team from France.     “You’re in the team, Lily,” declared Alfred Frankland. “I’ve put thee in on left wing. I think tha’s ready.”      “Thanks, Mr. Frankland,” said Lily, her eyes shining with excitement. “I won’t let you down!”     “I know, lass,” replied…

Men Not Slaves.

In which an investigative reporter, seeking the truth about a riot in the California hop-fields of 1913, has an encounter with IWW union organizers.       Marty Reilly was taking his second bite out of a medium rare burger when a shifty-eyed character entered the café, and slid surreptitiously into the seat opposite. Marty glanced across,…

The Shirt

In which the author recalls an ill-fated attempt to be a trend-setter in a small provincial town      It was winter 1965, or maybe it was 1966. The passage of time has dulled my memory, but whichever year it was, I remember the incident itself as clearly as if it were yesterday! On the used…

At the Studio

In which the writer describes one of his favorite places to be.         I’m at home in this place. I feel comfortable and entirely at ease. I must have sat in this small second floor room hundreds of times in the last twenty years. It’s a place to make music, and I truly love to…

Conshie.

     A story of the struggle and suffering endured by conscientious objectors during The First World War (1914-18). Dewsbury, Yorkshire, England, January, 1916.     “I ask you, brothers and sisters, what Jesus would have done in this turbulent time of ours!”      Young Peter Micklewhite leaned forward earnestly, his hands resting on the pulpit of…

Lily

In which a young working-class girl, destined to become a star of women's soccer, meets her team-mates for the first time.      “I’ll introduce you to some of the girls,” said Alice Kell to fourteen year old Lily Parr. “This is Florrie Redford, our center-forward,” she continued indicating an attractive blonde-haired young woman, who was…

Who Killed Mrs. Stanford?

In which two young newspapermen discuss the mysterious death of Jane Stanford, Senator Leland Stanford's widow.      “I just don’t understand it,” declared young reporter Marty Reilly to his friend, photographer Will Hutchinson. “Ten years have passed since her mysterious death. It seems to me that it’s an ideal subject for an investigative report, but…

Paxton and the Emerald Ring

In which Sergeant Paxton searches for the killer of an ambitious young woman.  Durham, England, 1847. SALLY DISAPPEARS!      “What did you say was the name o’ this place, Sarge,” asked Constable Willliamson, a genial young man with red hair and freckles.     “The village is called Bearpark, Williamson” replied Police Sergeant Arthur Paxton shortly.…