Through a Dartmoor Window

Through a Dartmoor Window

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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. 1918 edition. Excerpt: ...folly, telling them that if two blood relations carried a coffin together, it was certain death for one of them. They laughed at her. But, ten days later, the coffin of one of those men was the next to rest on the coffin stone. He died suddenly a week after the funeral. Are there many places in England where one could go for an afternoon drive, pass such a coffin stone and hear such a story, oneself knowing all the people mentioned and the episodes having happened so recently? I don't, of course, attempt to explain any of these things. I can only narrate them, and I never wonder that Dartmoor has acquired such a sinister and mysterious reputation. Some miles from here, some years ago, a man committed suicide by shooting himself upon the open moor. Queerly enough, he fell dead exactly at the boundary of two parishes. His shattered head lay in one parish and his body in the other. It resulted in a discussion as to which parish should be responsible for his burial. E In this same place a crime was committed which resulted in the death of five people. It was a lovers' quarrel. The jealous young man suspected his sweetheart of infidelity and took to spying on her at night. One Sunday evening after church he saw her in the dusk with another man. Running for his gun, he shot her dead, only to discover that the man was her brother. Her wretched father, utterly distraught, went to break the news to his mother, an old woman and very feeble. As he entered the house, he swayed and fell dead. The poor grandmother died of shock within the week. A friend died upon hearing the news, and the murderer himself was, very properly, hanged. So there were four funerals the same day in that moorland parish. I do not expect anyone to believe this story. I never blame...show more

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  • Paperback | 58 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 122g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236495624
  • 9781236495624