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Transformed: Or, The History of a River Thief, Briefly Told

Transformed Or The History of a River Thief Briefly Told Jeremiah McAuley was born in in County Kerry Ireland His father was a counterfeiter who fled home to escape the law At the age of thirteen Jerry was sent to America to live with a married siste

  • Title: Transformed: Or, The History of a River Thief, Briefly Told
  • Author: Jeremiah McAuley
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 354
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Jeremiah McAuley was born in 1839 in County Kerry, Ireland His father was a counterfeiter who fled home to escape the law At the age of thirteen, Jerry was sent to America to live with a married sister in New York City Soon he was running with a gang on Water Street and was supporting himself by stealing Later he was arrested and sentenced to fifteen years in Sing SingJeremiah McAuley was born in 1839 in County Kerry, Ireland His father was a counterfeiter who fled home to escape the law At the age of thirteen, Jerry was sent to America to live with a married sister in New York City Soon he was running with a gang on Water Street and was supporting himself by stealing Later he was arrested and sentenced to fifteen years in Sing Sing Prison He claims to have been innocent of those particular charges, but the book details many other crimes of the author s youth While in jail he attended talks by a missionary convict, Orville Awful Gardiner, and began to meditate on the mistakes of his life whcih lead to McAuley s reading the Bible in search of forgiveness for his sins After reading it through twice, he was converted to Christ through the efforts of a lady missionary who visited the prison His attitude and conduct changed to the effect that he was let out of prison in 1864 after serving seven years and two months Upon release, despite his new faith, he soon returned to crime and alcohol, acting as a thief, smuggler and fence He found lodging in a lager bier saloon McAuley claimed that beer of this sort had come up since he had gone away to prison Assured that it was wholesome and harmless as root beer, the author took to drink, and beer quickly led to stronger stuff The Civil War was ongoing, and the author made a living as an enlistment bounty agent getting men half drunk, talking them into enlisting and collecting a half share of their enlistment bonus But, with the end of the war, this lucrative endeavor ceased The author then became a fence, buying and selling stolen goods, mostly from sailors and boat captains, paying with counterfeit money This habit became somewhat discouraging to trade, so the author took to stealing directly, mostly from the boats The following lurid and detailed account provides both the title and the heat of this little book Finally, after some fits and starts, McAuley was saved again After claiming to have had a vision of himself helping the poor, he raised money from various organisations, and on October 8th, 1872 set up a mission at 316 Water Street, New York Assisted by his wife, Maria, who had shared his life of crime, he tended to the poor, providing food and clothing, as well as religious instruction The same year he was given a new building by an eccentric member of the consolidated stock exchange, and renamed the mission the McAuley Water Street Mission Night after night, many of the seats were filled with drunks and tramps looking for a place of rest and relief from the cold McAuley s mission accepted anyone regardless of how dirty he looked, how foul he smelled or how uncertainly he stood to his feet In 1882 he also founded the Cremorne Mission on West 32nd Street Turning to journalism to promote his endeavours, in June 1883, he began Jerry McAuley s Newspaper which included accounts of his work and statements from those who had converted Jerry McAuley died of consumption on September 18th, 1884 and was buried at Woodlawn cemetery.

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