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The writings of John Greenleaf Whittier, Volume 5. (ed. John Greenleaf Whittier) 2 0 Browse Search
The Daily Dispatch: November 22, 1860., [Electronic resource] 2 0 Browse Search
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The writings of John Greenleaf Whittier, Volume 5. (ed. John Greenleaf Whittier), Tales and Sketches (search)
eration. It was, indeed, said that certain rude fellows from the Bay State pulled away a board from the ceiling and disclosed to view the fairies in the shape of the landlady's three slatternly daughters. But the reader who has any degree of that charity which thinks no evil will rather credit the statement of the fairies themselves, as reported by the mistress of the house, that they were tired of the new country, and had no pace of their lives among the Yankees, and were going back to Ould Ireland. It is a curious fact that the Indians had some notion of a race of beings corresponding in many respects to the English fairies. Schoolcraft describes them as small creatures in human shape, inhabiting rocks, crags, and romantic dells, and delighting especially in points of land jutting into lakes and rivers and which were covered with pine-trees. They were called Puckweedjinees,—little vanishers. In a poetical point of view it is to be regretted that our ancestors did not think
Voting on an annexation question. The London journals are excessively jubilant over the immense Italian vote in favor of annexation to Sardinia. We trust they are now prepared to apply this principle of popular sovereignty to the unfortunate case of "Ould Ireland," and advocate the passage of a law submitting to the vote of that country the question of annexation to France. We have no doubt that there would be as large a majority in favor of the proposition as that which has settled the annexation question in Italy.