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The Fascinating Life of Pearl Hart

Pearl Hart is one of the best-known female figures of the Old West days. She came from quite a wealthy background and was well-educated as a girl, but fell in love and eloped with her partner, who eventually abused her.

She fled from him and moved around, turning to a life of crime. Hart was said to be extremely skilled with a rifle in her hands and could shoot with alarming accuracy from great distances. She robbed various stagecoaches and even escaped from an all-male prison once, using her status as a woman to get the guards on her side.

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