Allegheny Episodes; Folk Lore and Legends Collected in Northern and Western Pennsylvania

Allegheny Episodes; Folk Lore and Legends Collected in Northern and Western Pennsylvania

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1922 edition. Excerpt: ...and green; the hollow trunk of the tulip did not. seem to lessen its vitality. Trees in those days, of all kinds, were pretty common, and regarded as nuisances; the farmers were still having 'burning bees' in the spring and fall when all hands would join in and drag with ox-spans the logs of the trees that had been cut when they were clearing new ground, and making huge bonfires, burn them like a modern section foreman does a pile of old railroad ties, and by the way, the time is going to come soon when tie burners will be as severely condemned as the instigators of the 'burning bees' in the olden days. "Trees were too plentiful to attract much attention or create affection or veneration, but these two trees had a very special human interest. "Long after the Indians passed out of our coun try they came back as ghosts or 'familiars, ' just as the wolves, panthers and wild pigeons do, so that the stories of folks seeing them after they became extinct, while not literally true, are in a sense correct, . Close ly associated with the life of the big cottonwood was an old Indian, mother said; he wasn't a real live Indian, yet not a ghost, was probably a half ghost, half Indian, if there could be any such thing. "The tulip tree was inhabited by a very attractive spirit, an Indian girl, an odd looking one too, for her smooth skin was only a pumpkin color and her eyes a light blue. They all called her 'Pale Eyes, ' and she was described as slight, winsome and wonderfully pretty. The Indian man, because he spent so much time under the cottonwood or water poplar, became generally known as 'Poplar George.' He would appear in the neighborhood early in the spring, in time...show more

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  • Paperback | 84 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 168g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236759826
  • 9781236759825