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 The trial described in this account is fictional, as are the major characters—Harrison Shaw, Victoria Jarves, and her father, J. K. Jarves. George Bowen, the Newsboys' Lodge, and its residents are also fictitious. However, each of these, including the outcome of the trial, are reflections of the wondrous historical events that occurred during the revival of
1857-1858.

The account of the revival, including the Fulton Street prayer meeting,
the newspaper headlines, and the revival events investigated by the characters of the story, are based on actual accounts.

Jeremiah Lanphier and the old North Dutch Church are historical. Five Points, likewise, is historical. Its depiction in this novel has been drawn from accounts of those who walked the streets and toured the buildings.

Nellie Bly (1867-1922) was a groundbreaking female newspaper reporter who feigned insanity to get into the asylum on Blackwell's Island. Her exposé brought about needed reforms. She became a celebrity by beating Phileas Fogg's time circling the globe. Fogg's account was the inspiration for Jules Verne's Around the World in Eighty Days. Miss Bly's time: 72 days, 6 hours, 11 minutes, and 14 seconds.

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