A Child's History of the United States Volume N . 1

A Child's History of the United States Volume N . 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1860 edition. Excerpt: ...scalping, and murdering, and carrying women and children into captivity, the Governor, and the magistrates, and the people spent all their time in trying to devise means to protect themselves from their cruel enemy. Not at all. Most of their time was spent in hunting crazy old women, and other unfortunate persons who were accused of being witches. Long before, as you will recollect, poor old Widow Hibbins had been put to death as a witch, and now the rage for finding witches and killing them began to revive again. In a respectable family in Boston, named GoodWin, there lived a young Irish servant girl. This girl was accused by her master's daughter, a little child of thirteen, of having stolen something in the house. The girl's mother, an old Irishwoman, did not believe that her daughter was guilty, and went in a furious rage to the Goodwins's house and said so. Whereupon Goodwin's daughter, with her brothers and sisters, in order to be revenged upon the old Irishwoman, pretended she had bewitched them. Sometimes they barked like dogs, or mewed like cats: sometimes they said they were deaf, or blind, or dumb; sometimes they threw their arms and legs in the air, and screamed out, and rolled themselves on the floor; all which, they said, was the work of the old woman, who made them do these things whether they would or no. Of course, we know very well that no old woman, Irish or not, could make little girls bark or mew, or throw up their arms or legs, or do any other foolish thing of the kind unless they liked. And I think if these little Goodwins had lived in our day, it would not have been so very difficult to cure them. But at Boston, one hundred and sixty years ago, people believed in witchcraft, and when they heard the story of the Goodwins'...show more

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  • Paperback | 74 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 150g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236516842
  • 9781236516848