Ellen Stewart: A Brave Yankee Girl

brave ellen stewart 1893


She Drives a Stage, and No Footpad Can Hold Her Up.

Ellen Stewart of Yarrow valley, Conn., has been a stage driver for three years or more, and her route is over 20 miles of very rough and lonesome country. She has had adventures, of course, since she has been at work, and more or less serious accidents from washed out roads and snow drifts, but she has kept right on, driving every day in the year buy Sundays, and the business in the route has increased considerably since she has had charge of it. She came very near being frozen to death on night last winter, when she was stalled in a snow drift and found it impossible to dig her way out, but some farmers rescued her, and in a few days she was on the box again.

Miss Stewart has also had some trouble from tramps. One night in the spring one of them attempted to “hold up” the stage. It was a bright moonlight night, and Ellen was late. In a lonely part of the road where heavy forests flanked it on either side a man suddenly stepped from behind a tree, and, catching the horses by the bits stopped them.

“Throw out that mail bag!” commanded the fellow gruffly.

Miss Stewart always carries a revolver in a convenient pocket, and in the wink of a cat’s eye she had the muzzle of it squarely on the tramp’s head.

“Get up on the rear horse!” was the reply that the highwayman got to his order.

The man didn’t move. “Get up there, or I’ll shoot you,” coolly said the girl. The tramp came to the conclusion that he had better obey orders and scrambled on to the back of the horse.

“Now, sit still till we get to the post office, or you’ll be sorry,” said the girl, who kept the man under cover of the revolver. In three-quarters of an hour Miss Stewart drove up to the post office with her prisoner and called for some one to come out and take the fellow in charge. There was a crowd of husky young farmers in the office, and in 10 minutes the would be highwayman was beyond the possibility of escape.

He was tried for attempting to rob mail and is now within the walls of the penitentiary.

For this piece of work Miss Stewart received a purse of $100 contributed by the farmers along the route.

The News (Frederick, Maryland) Jun 3, 1895

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