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#6736 Dec 20, 2012
When sheriffs would approach a farmer’s land, intending to sell off some of his livestock in order to pay back rents, the Calico Indians would surround the lawmen — usually on horseback — or ambush, disarm and drive them away. And on the few occasions when the auctions did occur, the Indians deployed snipers to kill all the cattle and sheep that had been sold. The Indians’ tactics were a mixture of guerrilla warfare and adolescent playfulness. They kidnapped sheriffs and held them prisoner in taverns until they agreed to jump up and down three times and shout “Down with the rent!” They stole and destroyed legal papers, threatened farmers who paid their rents, and harassed sheriffs whenever they appeared.

Adopting pseudo-savage names (Red Jacket, Black Hawk, Yellow Jacket, Blue Beard, Little Thunder, White Chief) the Calico Indians bound themselves by an oath.“I do of my own free will and accord come forward to join this body of men and will reveal no secrets of the society made known to me necessary to be kept.” Farm-wives and daughters were enlisted to make gowns and masks, the more outlandish the better. At their peak, the Indians numbered over ten thousand, yet no two costumes were alike. The chiefs’ garments were the most flamboyant, however, because the anti-rent associations provided money to buy calico (as well as ornaments and pistols) anyone was able to deck himself out as outrageously as he pleased. When a prominent Rennselaer county Indian died, an escort of his fellows — ninety-six men strong, mounted and in full battle dress — formed the vanguard of his funeral procession. In 1844, when Governor William Bouck held a conference to meet with local residents, over a hundred Indians stood at the edges of the crowd, shouting and jeering.

Armed with muskets, pistols, scythes, axes, clubs, hatchets and knives, the Indians were able to mobilize quickly whenever sheriffs approached to serve writs or seize property. As a primitive communication network, the Indians convinced (sometimes by the use of force) farmers to use their tin dinner horns only as a warning signal that the law was near. The message could be quickly relayed over many miles, the blaring of the horns (normally used to call workers in for their meals) reaching across the hills and valleys of the Catskills. The organization of the Indian bands followed the cell structure which one of the most important anti-rent leaders, Thomas Devyr, had used while a Chartist agitator in Scotland. The Indians divided into ten-to-fifteen man units, the identity of individuals known only to the chief of the cell, who was in turn known only by his mock-Indian name.

Devyr, born in Donegal, Ireland in 1805, published a pamphlet called “Our Natural Rights,” in which he stated:“I saw that the earth if vigorously tilled would yield plenty of the comforts of life. Willing labor and fertile soil would produce plenty to eat, drink and wear.” After publishing the pamphlet, he fled from Ireland, and went to work in London, working for the liberal papers in which he attacked Irish Landlordism. Working class rebels in Newcastle-upon-Tyne asked him to join them. He left London, catling it “that great social wen,” and quickly rose to prominence among the Scots fighting for social and political reform. In 1840, he fled Scotland to avoid arrest and landed in New York. Within months, he was at the forefront of the anti-rent struggles in the Hudson Valley.

Another prominent anti-rent leader was Dr. Smith Boughton, who came to be known by his Indian name, Big Thunder.
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At the killing of undersheriff Osman Steele, the Indians shouted,“Down with the laws, we are here to break them.” For a few years, they lived out the fantasy of the disenfranchised. By mixing their playfulness with criminality and righteous defiance,

“Eleanor, Where is your heart?!”

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#6737 Dec 20, 2012
At the killing of undersheriff Osman Steele, the Indians shouted,“Down with the laws, we are here to break them.” For a few years, they lived out the fantasy of the disenfranchised. By mixing their playfulness with criminality and righteous defiance, they were able to claim their land and a small, but significant, measure of dignity.
Thom Metzger
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#6738 Dec 20, 2012
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

Leonardo da Vinci

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#6739 Dec 20, 2012
“Truth is ever to be found in the simplicity, and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things.”

Isaac Newton

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#6740 Dec 20, 2012
Power of generalizing gives men so much the superiority in mistake over the dumb animals.”

George Eliot

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#6741 Dec 20, 2012
“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”

Anne Frank

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#6742 Dec 20, 2012
“You cannot find peace by avoiding life.”

Virginia Woolf

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#6743 Dec 20, 2012
“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”

Søren Kierkegaard

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#6744 Dec 20, 2012
“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.”

Anaïs Nin

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#6745 Dec 20, 2012
“Why do they always teach us that it's easy and evil to do what we want and that we need discipline to restrain ourselves? It's the hardest thing in the world--to do what we want. And it takes the greatest kind of courage. I mean, what we really want.”

Ayn Rand

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#6746 Dec 20, 2012
“The most pathetic person in the world is some one who has sight but no vision.”

Helen Keller

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#6747 Dec 20, 2012
“The highest result of education is tolerance”

Helen Keller

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#6748 Dec 20, 2012
“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart”

Helen Keller

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#6749 Dec 20, 2012
“Knowledge is power." Rather, knowledge is happiness, because to have knowledge - broad, deep knowledge - is to know true ends from false, and lofty things from low. To know the thoughts and deeds that have marked man's progress is to feel the great heart-throbs of humanity through the centuries; and if one does not feel in these pulsations a heavenward striving, one must indeed be deaf to the harmonies of life.”

Helen Keller

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#6750 Dec 21, 2012
The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing... not healing, not curing... that is a friend who cares.

Henri Nouwen

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#6751 Dec 21, 2012
“Reason is, and ought only to be the slave of the passions.”

David Hume

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#6752 Dec 21, 2012
“Good manners have much to do with the emotions. To make them ring true, one must feel them, not merely exhibit them.”

Amy Vanderbilt

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#6753 Dec 21, 2012
“Never let yourself be swayed by emotions. Emotions are fleeting. They come and go. But reality stays with you forever.”

Monica Fairview

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#6754 Dec 21, 2012
“Your emotional capacity is an empty motor, and your values are the fuel with which your mind fills it. If you choose a mix of contradictions, it will clog your motor, corrode your transmission and wreck you on your first attempt to move with a machine which you, the driver, have corrupted.”

Ayn Rand

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#6755 Dec 21, 2012
“The secret of our emotions never lies in the bare object, but in its subtle relations to our own past.”

George Eliot

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