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Identifier: bookofnewengland00drakrich
Title: A book of New England legends and folk lore in prose and poetry. Illustrated by F. T. Merrill
Year: 1884 (1880s)
Authors: Drake, Samuel Adams, 1833-1905
Subjects: Legends -- New England
Publisher: Boston, Roberts Brothers
Contributing Library: University of California Libraries
Digitizing Sponsor: MSN

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)uilding fires on the sands, in order to decoy vessels amongthe breakers, where they were wrecked, and their crews perishedmiserably. For these crimes, at his death he ■was doomed to bechained on Ipswich Bar, the scene of his former nuirdcnius ex-ploits, and everlastingly to coil a cable of sand tliere. Wlienthe cable broke, his demoniacal yells of baffled rage could beheard for miles around : and when those fearful sounds an- IPSWICH LEGENDS. 275 nouuced the rising gale, mothers would clasp their babes to theirbreasts, while the men shook their heads and said, Old Harry sgrowling again ! His name was long the bugbear used tofrighten refractory children into obedience, while the rote onthe bar, heard in storms, still audibly perpetuates the legend,with its roar. The old people living on Plum Island used to say that Harry

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PADLOCK AND KEY, IPSWICH JAIL. Mains ghost troubled them by wandering about the sand-hillson stormy nights, so that they were afraid to venture out of doorsafter dark. Indeed the town itself, in its palmy days, was sofull of ghostly legends, that certain localities supposed to behaunted°were scrupulously avoided by the timid ones, who hada mortal dread of being accosted by some vagabond spectre withits tale of horror. Harry Mains house — for we must remember that he had 276 NEW-ENGLAND LEGENDS. one — was ransacked, and every rod of the garden dug up forthe money that he was supposed to liave buried there ; butnothing rewarded the search. Other places, too, have been ex-plored with the same result, in quest of Kidds hidden treasures.One good man dreamed three nights in succession that vast sumswere buried in a certain hill in the town. He could see thevery spot. Haunted by the realism of the dream, he determinedto test the matter for himself; and one dark night, just as mid-night

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