The History of Geneva, Wisconsin; An Authentic Account of the First Discovery and Settlement of the Village and Town of Geneva, Their Development ... Present Condition and Resources; With Sketches of the Lives of Prominent Early Settlers

The History of Geneva, Wisconsin; An Authentic Account of the First Discovery and Settlement of the Village and Town of Geneva, Their Development ... Present Condition and Resources; With Sketches of the Lives of Prominent Early Settlers

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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. 1875 edition. Excerpt: ... held at his house, and his guests would be regaled with a plentiful supply of pumpkin pies. The bait took, and scores of Yankees scattered through the coun try, attracted by it, thronged his double log-house and filled it to overflowing. The pies were produced and duly eaten, and the dance commcnced, and for a time "all went merry as a marriage hell," but suddenly one and another turned pale and left the chamber. Soon all was confusion and dismay. Countenances so lately lighted up with smiles of joy and mirth were now distorted with pain and fear, and the voice of laughter and gaicty was changed to sighs and groans of distress. The house was at once turned into a hospital, and the Doctor had more patients on his hands that night than had ever before fallen to his lot at one time. He immediately hegan to search for the cause of this alarming state of affairs, and to inquire into the constituents of the feast. He learned that his family, being entirely out of other spices, had seasoned the pies with allspice. This did not explain the mystery until some of the berries were brought for his inspection, when it flashed upon his mind that he had brought with him mto the country a large lot of Lee's pills, and laid them carefully away in his pantry. These, after lying there forgotten and undisturbed for a long time, had become dry and hard, and been mistaken for allspice. The murder was now out, and the wild fears of the company soon subsided and gave place to renewed merriment. under the Doctor's assurances that this wholesome and timely medication would prove beneficial to their health, although it would be likely to destroy his prospects as a physician for the season. In due time the company separated in high good humor...show more

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  • Paperback | 48 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 104g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236870336
  • 9781236870339