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By M. Timothy Nolting
For The Sun-Telegraph 

Across The Fence: Phileas Fogg gets bested by a girl


One hundred and fifty years ago, on the fifth day of May, 1865, Judge Michael Cochran and his wife Mary Jane celebrated the birth of a daughter. Born in Cochran Mills, Penn., (the town was named for her father), Elizabeth Jane would become the most daring and famous female newspaper reporter of the nineteenth century.

The judge was a prominent and successful man and the family was quite large. Judge Cochran had 10 children from a previous marriage and there were five more with Mary. Among the children, Elizabeth was the independent rebel with dreams of one day becoming a writer. Her father,...

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