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potter's field

A place where the indigent or the unknown are buried. A reference to the Bible, "So they conferred together and bought the potter's field with it as a burial place for foreigners" (Matthew 27:7). Primarily heard in US. The work was so grueling that a great number of immigrant laborers who built the railroads across this country ended up in some potter's field or another before the job was complete.
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potter's field may be observed at City Cemetery on New York City's Hart Island, which was opened in 1869 and brings the efficiency and scale of the Industrial Revolution to the medieval pauper's grave.
The funeral home did, however, generously donate a service complete with flowers, for which it received no reimbursement, before burial in the county potter's field (Cullinan, 2005).
L'examen des 24 124 deces consignes dans les registres des cimetieres Potter's Field et Necropolis de 1850 a 1899 montre que le taux de mortalite n'etait pas moins eleve a Toronto que dans les autres villes due XIX siecle.
Those belonging to the Toronto Necropolis, St James' Cemetery and the Potter's Field Cemeteries are preserved.
Though Luke mentions women who stood weeping at a distance, and John tells us that women, including Jesus' mother Mary, stood weeping under Jesus' cross, none of the Gospels mentions the other women who might have wept on Golgotha that day or in the potter's field when Judas took his life.
Brother Cadfael, Set 4 (``The Pilgrim of Hat,'' ``The Potter's Field,'' ``The Holy Thief'') (Acorn Media) lists for $49.
32) It was all too common, Riis observed, for the "little army of waifs" to be reunited "in the trench in the Potter's Field where, if no medical student is in need of a subject, they are laid in squads of a dozen.
Folks say she made a fortune running a whorehouse in New Orleans, but others say she's buried in potter's field somewhere out west, her grave unmarked, though you can find it in the dark by the scent of jasmine and mint, but I'm getting ahead of myself.
But he claimed supporters of the deposed President had exhumed cadavers from the potter's field of Portau-Prince, sprayed the bodies with bullets and fresh animal blood, and then dragged out the corpses to stain the military's reputation.
The previous evening I'd withstood the freezing temperatures to play host at a concert in Potter's Field Park to celebrate the launch of China In London season.
During the service at the cemetery, where each grave is marked with a brick reading "John Doe" or "Jane Doe," participants laid a cross and a flower at each grave site while the priests read from the account of the potter's field in Matthew's gospel and Psalm 22, "My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?
It progressed to a potter's field, a military arsenal and parade ground, a reformatory, and after the House of Refuge for the Society for the Protection of Juvenile Delinquents burned down in 1839, the city gradually turned it into a park, which was opened to the public in 1847 and was named for President James Madison, who lived in New York for a short time on Cherry Street.
My pantry had become a potter's field where no unnamed thing was turned away.
Perhaps a designation of the ``John Elway Stadium'' might work with Potter's Field, or that might be too Capraesque.
But Calv wont be laid back when he DJ's a disco funk set with Little Boots at Nokia Skate Almighty, a free outdoor roller disco at Potter's Fields, London from August 5-9.