Dartmouth Sketches by George Charles SeldenDartmouth Sketches by George Charles Selden

Dartmouth Sketches

byGeorge Charles Selden

Paperback | January 10, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1893. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... THE LAST OF A LEGEND. N the days when the New Hampshire railroads ex"^T" tended no farther north than Concord, and the Dartmouth student made the rest of his journey by stage, there stood a small tavern about half way between the villages of West Lebanon and Hanover. It was a low-roofed, dark, forbidding house, where the stage-drivers never consented to pass the night if there was the slightest possibility of their being able to push on to the next station at Orford; for, like many inns of that time, it had a story connected with it which made the superstitious prefer the familiar dangers of a drenching storm and a rain-washed road rather than the imaginary horrors of a night beneath its roof. A former owner of the tavern was suspected of having murdered a guest under circumstances of peculiar cruelty, torturing his victim to make him sign certain drafts in his favor, taking possession of the valuables about his person, and concealing all traces of his crime in the rapids of the Connecticut, which ran almost under his windows. In those rough times such deeds were not uncommon, inquiry was but superficial, and, as no strong evidence could be produced, the inn-keeper was never brought to trial. But, as was natural, the house was rather avoided thereafter, and little by little a story gained credence that suspicious sounds and sights had been observed by night about it, gradually giving rise to hints of ghosts, which were eagerly repeated by the credulous farmers of the neighborhood; and by the time that the railroad was extended to Wells River and the stage route abandoned, no house on the route had a more unenviable reputation. Left to itself, the old inn gradually fell to pieces, and soon nothing was left but the moss-grown cellar and the hardy clump of lilacs s...
Title:Dartmouth SketchesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:40 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.08 inPublished:January 10, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217814131

ISBN - 13:9780217814133