The Old Bell of Independence; Or, Philadelphia in 1776

The Old Bell of Independence; Or, Philadelphia in 1776

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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. 1868 edition. Excerpt: ...however, to be sure, they sent one of the party up the ladder to feel if his heart still beat. He had ascended into the tree, when a shriek, unlike anything human, broke upon the stillness of the night, and echoed from the neighboring wood with redoubled power. The poor fellow dropped from the tree like a dead man, and his companions fied in terror from the spot. When day encouraged them to return, their victim was swinging stiflly in the north wind--now lifeless as the companion of his crime and its punishment. It is believed, to this day, that no mortal power, operating upon the lungs of the-dead murderer, produced that awful, unearthly, and startling scream; 'but that it was the voice of the Evil One, warning the intrusive guard not to disturb the fiend in the possession of his lawful victim; a belief materially strengthened by a fact that could not be disputcd--the limb upon which the rblibers hung, after suffering double pollutio_n, -fr_o.r_n_: them and their 1naster's touch, never budded_'q'gain'; it died from that hour; the poison gra _ cdmmunicated to the remaining branches, till, 'f;bn'1 a flourishing tree, it became a sapless and blasted '' trunk, and so stood for years, at once an emblem and a monument of the murderers' fate. "Fagan was never buried; his body hung upon its gibbet till the winds picked the flesh from off his bones, and they fell asunder by their own weight. A friend of mine has seen his horrid countenance, as it hung festering and blackening in the wind, and remembers, by way of amusement, between schools, pelting the body with stones. The old trunk has disappeared, but the spot is still haunted in the belief of the people of the neighborhood, and he is a bold man who dare more

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  • Paperback | 44 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236767039
  • 9781236767035