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A chapter in the book AN ORPHAN NAMED JO

Prologue --Character list

by c_lucas

PROLOGUE
THE LIFE OF CAITLIN JOANNA (JO) WILEY

FIRST VOLUME
A ROUGH BEGINNING – IS BEING EDITED FOR MARKETING –
 
SECOND VOLUME
AN ORPHAN NAMED JO --WORK IN PROGRESS
 
NOTE: THIS IS MY WORKSHEET TO BE USED BY THE READER FOR THEIR CONVENIENCE.

SETTING: NEW YORK CITY, FIVE POINTS IRISH SLUMS,

TIME: LATTER PART OF NINETEEN CENTURY- two years after the death of Mrs. Kennedy.
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CHAPTER ONE - Mr. Sullivan has bought the slum building. He has entered politics and is the Alderman of the Sixth Ward. He has moved his family to the first floor. They occupy both flats.The first flat is a Health Clinic named after Mrs. Kennedy. The second flat is their living quarters and nursery.

Breanna shows him the last tin-type (early form of images) of Heather and Phillip with their girl triplets. Then of other grandchildren.

Sean is given advice on how to treat his family. When he continues to beat his wife. Mr. Sullivan and his son, Conor, evict him after a beaten administered by the father and son. Conor throws Sean onto a west bound dirty cattle car.

Caitlin and her mother are befriended by Conor's wife, Shannon.

Conversation between Caitlin and her mother.
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CHAPTER TWO - Updates on some of the improvements on the building. Joleen is painting scenes on the exterior walls. Caitlin gets into a fight with a neighbor girl (Lila) who falsely accuses her of starting the fight. She prays for guidance in dealing with Lila then goes to her classroom. The new Mother Superior orders Caitlin to get three lashes from a leather belt.

Breanna and Shannon exmines Kathleen's bruises. She helps with the grandchildren.
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CHAPTER THREE - Caitlin accidently urinate on the floor of the Reverend Mother's floor while she is being punished. Ida Sullivan earn Sister Abigail's wrath when she helps Caitlin to clean up her accident. The Reverend Mother decides to punish Ida. Ida throws the bucket of dirty water into Sister Abigail's face and escapes the office. Caitlin and her brother joins Ida. The treatment of  Sullivan children and Caitlin, leads to Breanna starting a new school on the second floor of  her husband's building.
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CHAPTER FOUR-This chapter touches upone Irish folk-lore about a mythical garment of truth. We get a different view point of the characters. Caitlin and Lila. Plans are being made to start their own school.
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CHAPTER FIVE-Follows Sean rough train ride to the Chicago Stock yards. Continues with Sean's adventures.

 

CHAPTER SIX-Sean begins to plan his revenge.-Sean agrees to give his testamony about the evils of the Divil Brew.

CHAPTER SEVEN - Sean embarasses Judith publicly and angers her brother.


CHAPTER EIGHT-Breanna makes plans of opening her own school.

CHAPTER NINE-Breanna gets approval for grades one to seven.

CHAPTER TEN-Superintendant of Public Schools closes all schools when the Five Points area has an outbreak of Cholera. Father Peter Slocum seeks Breanna's assistance at the Catholic School.

CHAPTER ELEVEN-Revert back to Sean and his increase in criminal activities.

CHAPTER TWELVE Sean reaps his revenge on Judith and her brother. He kills Victor and place damaging evidence in Victor's side of the apartment. While trying to escape Sean runs across a Deputy United States Marshal.

CHAPTER THIRTEEN-Sean bested the Marshal and meets up with an outlaw gang.

CHAPTER FOURTEEN-Sean elimates the remaining three members of the gang, and accidently rides into the leader's home town. He finagles a ride to the train station, taking with him, his mentally retarded guide.
 
CHAPTER FIFTEEN-Focuses on Caitlin and her academic success. Sean kills his wife, Kathleen, and kidnaps their daughter, Caitlin.

CHAPTER SIXTEEN-Sean tries to sell Caitlin to a brothel. Failing he burns the brothel. Caitlin makes good her escape and is destined a an orphan. She is befriended by an orphan her own age, Liz. Caitlin changes her name to "Jo."She runs afoul with the girls' leader, Scorpion.

CHAPTER SEVENTEEN-Caitlin fights and defeat Scorpion. She and Liz, along with six younger girls, leaves the gang and start off on their own. She learns of Mr. Sullivan assassination and the wounding of Arthur and Conor.

CHAPTER EIGHTEEN-Caitlin, Liz and the six girls are rescued from a blizzard by Mrs Rossallini and her son Rudolph. One of the younger girls is badly frozen.

CHAPTER NINETEEN-Mrs. Rossallini saves the little girl's life and outfit the orphans in warmer clothing.She learns of Caitlin's fate and direct her son to take her to five points in search of her family; the Sullivans.

CHAPTER TWENTY - Their trip to Five Points proves fruitless until they run across Sister Abigail at the gravesite of Caitlin's mother. The sister promises Rudolpho that she will reunites Caitlin with Mrs. Sullivan. Rudolpho leaves Caitlin with the nun.

Caitlin runs away when she finds out that the Mother Superior and Sister Abigail plans to punishish her for causing trouble (check earlier chapters.)

CHAPTER TWENTY-ONE Caitlin fails to find out the location of the Sullivans. She runs afoul of a street gang and is accused of attempting to steal an apple.

CHAPTER TWENTY-TWO-Jo fails to find any information about her extended family. She runs afoul of a street gang and takes the side of the underdog. She is arrested and sent to the orphanage.

CHAPTER TWENTY-THREE Concerns Jo's first day at the orpanage.

CHAPTER TWENTY-FOUR Jo runs afoul of the Director of the Institution. She is sentenced to the dungeon and is to receive two lashes from a stiff rope.

CHAPTER TWENTY-FIVE Jo gets a champion, a rat she names Sir Rudy. Jo receives three lashes instead of two. Rudy bite the cruel female guard and attack the guard when she comes back to torment Jo. Nana Kennedy returns with a dead diseased rat and throws it into the hallway. Dr. Cohn comes to Jo's rescue and gets her released from the dungeon.

CHAPTER TWENTY-SIX - Jo is raped by Johnny. that night she gets revenge and damage his face and body.

CHAPTER TWENTY-SEVEN - Jo is treated by Nurse Kent and speaks with Mrs. Griffin and a policeman. She accepts the bitter truth. Johnny is protected by the boys he bullied. Jo will have to seek her own revenge.

CHAPTER TWENTY-EIGHT - Jo asked Mrs. Griffin a direct question and she answered it in the affirmative. An outlook on the social class of females in the nineteenth century. Jo still plans revenge on Johnny.

CHAPTER TWENTY-NINE - Jo is attacked while sevring he second trip to the dungeon. Her new attacker kills Rudy the rat. Jo doesn't appear to be herself when she is freed.

CHAPTER THIRTY- Jo buries Rudy and still does not appear to be herself.

CHAPTER THIRTY-ONE- Jo meets Mrs. Swartz and learns of other family members who is interested in her. This is the beginning of the Orphan train adventure,

CHAPTER THIRTY-TWO Jo prepares for her Orphan Train ride.

CHAPTER THIRTY-THREE Jo meets her two uncles.

CHAPTER THIRTY-FOUR The uncles reveal the real reason they wanted Jo. The beginning of her abuse.

CHAPTER THIRTY-FIVE Jo tries to escape, fails and severely punished.

CHAPTER THIRTY-SIX  Jo and her uncles make to the Arizona Territory. Jo makes another escape attempt.

CHAPTER THIRTY-SEVEN Jo steals one of Seth's horses and his food. Seth follows her trail and meets her in a small canyon. He sees her whip-cigar buned back an take her under his protection.







CHARACTER LIST
CHAPTER ONE

MRS. FIONA KENNEDY-MID WIFE - HERBALIST--LATE SEVENTIES TO EARLY EIGHTIES, 200 lbs, 5'1' white hair, trained as a herbalist. Informal high priestess to St. Brigit. Died two years earlier.

CAITLIN ANNA WILEY – JO’S BIRTH NAME. AGED NINE, Dark hair, undersize, a fighter. Early years to age nine.
 
MRS. WILEY – Kathleen – Caitlin's Mother. 26, 120 lbs, 5’2’, dark hair, semi literate. Student of Mrs. Kennedy.
 
SEAN WILEY 30, 160 lbs, 5’7 husband to Kathleen, alcoholic, works in the train yard, semi-literate
  
MRS. SULLIVAN – FITZGERALD--BREANNA (BREA) LATE 40’S, 165 lbs, 5’4, red hair, SELF-EDUCATED – MID-WIFE, HERBALIST, Aided to Mrs. Kennedy.
 
CULLEN – MRS. SULLIVAN HUSBAND.- ALDERMAN- SIXTH WARD- MID-FIFTIES- OWN CABINET MAKING SHOP- FIVE-FOOT, NINE -HEAVY BUILT,  200 POUNDS, MUSCULAR. A shooting victim of Sean.
 
HEATHER SULLIVAN-MARTIN – OLDEST DAUGTHER, TALL FOR HER AGE.27- STOCKY AND MUSCULAR – ONE THIRTY-FIVE POUNDS – FIVE FOOT- SEVEN--REDDISH HAIR,  **STUDYING FOR MEDICAL DOCTOR DEGREE- NURSE-HERBALIST-PART TIME MID-WIFE UNTIL SHE GETS HER DOCTOR’S DEGREE - MOTHER OF GIRL TRIPLETS

NOTE; HIGH PRIESTESS TO ST. BRIGET- CELTIC GOD CHRISTIANIZED BY THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH.
Heather is talked about, but makes only a cameo appearance in this novel. 

DR PHILLIP MARTIN – HEATHER’S HUSBAND- MID THIRTIES- WELL BUILT- BOXING CHAMPION OF HIS MEDICAL COLLEGE – STUDYING TO BE A SURGEON
 
DOREEN SULLIVAN-COWAN - SECOND OLDEST DAUGHTER – AGE 25 – AUBURN HAIR – FIVE-FOOT FIVE – STUDYING TO BE MID-WIFE/HERBALIST—TWO INFANT DAUGHTER
 
 ABEL COWAN – DOREEN’S HUSBAND –WILL BE IN THE BACKGROUND - a brief appearance.
 
BELINDA – THIRD DAUGHTER –Married Timothy O’leary – infant son. WILL BE IN THE BACKGROUND.
 
ARTHUR SULLIVAN – OLDEST SON- FIVE FOOT TEN – CABINET MAKER- WIFE- MONA MCKENNA – TWIN INFANT SONS- A shooting victim of Sean.
 
CONOR – SECOND OLDEST SON-  TAKES AFTER HIS FATHER- CABINET MAKER. LIVES IN THE FLAT NEXT TO THE WILEY’S.
 
SHANNON SULLIVAN-KILPATRICK – CONOR’S WIFE – INFANT SON (CULLEN –NAMED AFTER CONOR’S FATHER) AND (SHAUNA)
Third shooting victim of Sean.
 
JOLEEN- THIRTEEN- FIVE -THREE - AUBORN HAIR- CARES FOT HER TWO YOUNGER BROTHERS AND SISTER. SHOWS SOME TALENT AS AN ARTIST.
 
LIAM – SECOND YOUNGEST CHILD – ATTENDS CATHOLIC SCHOOL - After a dispute, moves to the school his mother is starting.
 
MINOR CHARACTERS
 
LILA DOYLE – age nine – CAITLIN’S FRIEND AND CLASS MATE
 
Father Murphy  165, late fifties, 5’6’’. Loves to discuss theology with Mrs. Kennedy who follows Celtic ways. ON A TRIP TO IRELAND, WILL NOT APPEAR IN STORY BUT BY NAME ONLY
 
Sister Elizabeth – Mother Superior of the Sisters of Charity. Their small Covent is behind the church. RETURNED TO BALTIMORE WITH MOST OF HER COVERNANT – WILL NOT APPEAR IN THE STORY
 
WOLFGAN JOHANSEN, OWNER OF THE HERBEL SHOP, THE BIRD’S NEST==RETIRED SHIP CAPTAIN –FOLLOWING HIS INTERESTS IN THE HEALING POWER OF PLANTS AND HERBS HE ACQUIRED DURING HIS TRAVELS- Becomes Principal and one of two teachers in the new school.
 
 
 
 




CHAPTERS RESEARCH SOURCES
 
CHAPTER ONE
PART ONE
 
http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/historyonline/childbirth.cfm
History of Childbirth in Early America
 
http://www.victoriaspast.com/ChildMemorial/childmemorial.html
Infant mortality
 
http://www.icrc.org/eng/resources/documents/misc/emblem-history.htm
The origin of the Red Cross symbol and organization.
 
 
 
http://www.religioustolerance.org/spankin8.htm
Biblical support
http://tomdevoss.www2.50megs.com/celticorigins.htm
Celtic contribution to the Arthur Legend
http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/celt/ffcc/ffcc260.htm
Mantle of Truth – mantle of Celtic symbols (Runes)
http://www.goddessgift.com/
Brigid



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Thank you, Reuven Azachi for the use of your image, "Forgotten."

It is the author's intention to move away from dialect by the end of this book. Until then,

Clarification:
Cailin = Irish for girl.
Divil = Devil
Fader - Father
Help = hep
Me = my
Mammy = mother
Mudder = mother
Ta = to
Tay = tea
Th' = the
Yer = your
Yeh = you
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