A Narrative History of Remsen, New York; Including Parts of the Adjoining Townships of Steuben and Trenton, 1789-1898

A Narrative History of Remsen, New York; Including Parts of the Adjoining Townships of Steuben and Trenton, 1789-1898

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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. 1914 edition. Excerpt: ...the sledge. Williams could throw it a little farther than Lewis, and every time he threw he would walk up to Lewis, roll up his sleeve, shake his fist in his face and say: 'There is Democrat muscle for you.' Lewis stood it for a number of times, and then hauled off and knocked him out with the first blow. He was immediately arrested by a constable of the opposite party, and brought into the house. While making out the papers to take him to jail, they neglected to keep close watch of him. Captain Fuller, who stood near him said: 'Lewis, do you see yonder woods?' He needed no further hint, so ran, with the constable after him; but the latter failed to catch him, and thus the matter ended. "Fifty or sixty years ago, three days' election was held in each town. Three inspectors held the polls open in one locality one day, and on another day in another place, and would take the ballot-boxes home with them every night, and at the end of the three days counted the votes and made out the returns. No one questioned their honesty--and they were honest. No ballot-box stuffing, no crooked work. If a man had ever been caught in any such work, he need never expect anything further from the people. "A laughable incident occurred at the polls at about that time. A Welshman who had been in the country but a short time--and most likely it was his first time to cast a ballot--was challenged on the ground that he was not naturalized. Of course there was a great deal of wrangling over it. Finally he was told that if he voted he must swear it in. The man took a long breath and solemnly said: 'I ha'nt custom swear; but if I must, I will: Go in, G--d--n you!' and deposited his ballot in the box--and it...show more

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  • Paperback | 114 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 218g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236824253
  • 9781236824257