40 Wax - Lizzie Borden & the Borden Murders, Fall River, MA.
Lizzie Borden took an axe,
gave her mother 40 whacks.
When she saw what she had done,
she gave her father 41.
A completely inaccurate (and certainly not your average nursery rhyme!) but catchy doggerel (verse or words that are badly written or expressed) in regards to Lizzie Andrew Borden, the main suspect in the August 4th, 1892 murders of her Step-mother Abby Borden (who received 19 hits), and her Father, Andrew Borden (struck 11 times), who was acquitted of these crimes due to lack of evidence!
A very interesting story indeed...and one not meant for the faint-of-heart...and neither is our candle!
Our 40 Wax is 100% soy, cotton-wicked, Reiki Blessed and infused with Dragon's Blood, Black Currant, Pear, Absinthe and extremely dark history. 40 Wax is crowned with Amethyst, Bloodstone, Garnet & Clear Quartz to enhance the mystery behind it all.
As Always, 30% from the purchases of every candle we handcraft and sell benefits a charitable cause! Lizbeth Borden adored animals, and her love for them was instrumental in founding the Animal Rescue League of Fall River, MA., therefore it’s apropos to share the love with this wonderful organization in her hometown! If you would prefer that your 30% donation is sent to our monthly ‘Charity of Focus’ then simply make that selection upon checkout when purchasing your 40 Wax candle!
Lizzie Borden and the Animal Rescue League of Fall River
On a Sunday afternoon in October of 1913, Helen Leighton, a nurse, and Helen’s friend, Gertrude Baker, a school teacher, met in Lizzie Borden’s parlor to discuss how to care for and what to do with the abused draft horses in the Fall River area. Lizzie, a lover of animals, agreed to help her dear friend Helen. In 1914, Lizbeth became one of the original contributors to the League. The plan was developed to purchase a barn at 474 Durfee Street where the abused draft horses would receive care. Helen Leighton and Gertrude Baker where there from the beginning and became founding members of the League, which was officially incorporated on June 25, 1914.
In the League’s Annual Report from 1926, written by the Secretary of the League, Annie E. Allen, early fundraising after its incorporation was done in private homes (perhaps even Lizzie’s?) and those participants in fundraising activities even dressed up as playing cards and had various games. There is no doubt that Lizzie may have participated and enjoyed some fun. It is more unlikely that her sister Emma, a bit reserved and stuffy, would have participated had she still be living at “Maplecroft.” Lizzie developed a fondness for black and white Boston Bull Terriers — a fashionable breed among the New England upper class at the time — and often had one with her when she took chauffeur-driven rides in the country.
A year after Lizzie’s death in 1927, according to popular lore, three of her dead terriers were dug out of their graves in the Borden back yard and reburied miles away in the Pine Ridge Pet Cemetery — which may sound strange, but not too strange to be true in the odd universe of the Bordens. The dogs’ names were Donald Stuart, Royal Nelson, and Laddie Miller, and their gravestone is a miniature replica of the one under which Lizzie and her parents were interred.
Below is the founding document establishing the League as a corporation by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Little did the Board of Directors know that less than 14 months later they would be the recipients of large bequests from the Wills of Lizzie ($30,000) and Emma ($20,000) Borden. Subsequent “Annual Reports” reveal these monies were invested so well that some income is still derived from them. After Lizzie’s death in 1927, the League took care of her dogs. According to later Reports filed, it was also the League who handled the burial of Lizzie’s dogs.
*This information has been shared from the Animal Rescue League of Fall River*
To learn more how you can help the animals of Fall River, MA in need...stop by the Animal Rescue League located at 474 Durfee Street in Fall River, MA...or find the online at www.ARLFR.com.
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