the haunted house story
From the listless repose of the place, and the peculiar character of its inhabitants, who are descendants from the original Dutch settlers, this glen has been known by the name of Sleepy Hollow. Some say that the place was bewitched by a high German Doctor, that an old Indian chief, the prophet or wizard of his tribe, held his powwows there before the country was discovered by Hudson. The dominant spirit, however that haunts this enchanted region commander-in-chief of all the powers of the air, is the apparition of a terrible figure on horseback without a head. It is said that it may be the ghost of a Hessian trooper, whose head had been carried away by a cannon -ball, in a battle. It is said that the body of the trooper having been buried in the churchyard, the ghost rides forth to the scene of battle in nightly quest of his head ,and that the rushing speed with which he sometimes passes along the hollow, like a midnight blast, is owing to his being belated, and in a hurry to get back to the churchyard before daybreak . When school hours were over, he even played with larger boys, From his half itinerant life, he was a kind of travelling gazette, of local gossip from house to house All these, however, were mere terrors of the night, phantoms of the mind thatwalk in darkness ,yet daylight put an end to all these evils ,and he would have passed a pleasant life of it, if his path had not been crossed by a being that causes more perplexity to mortal man than ghosts, goblins,and the whole race of witches put together ,and that was a-woman . Among these the most formidable was a burly, roaring, roystering blade of the name of Abraham famous as Brom Bones He was always ready a fight or a frolic I profess not to know how women’s heart is wooed and won It was interrupted by the arrival of a negro -he managed a rope by way of halter . The old country wives, who are the best judges maintained to this day That there is no situation in life but had its advantage s and pleasures -provided will take a joke as we find it .-That therefore, he that runs races with goblin troopers is likely to have rough riding of it. At length, the old gentleman said that all this was very well, but still he thought the story a little on the extravagant -there were one or two points on which he had his doubts: Faith Sir “replied the storyteller as to that matter, I don’t believe one-half of it myself.
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