Devil's Ford

The Devil World

Book 30
谷月社
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CHAPTER I

It was a season of unequalled prosperity in Devil's Ford. The half a dozen cabins scattered along the banks of the North Fork, as if by some overflow of that capricious river, had become augmented during a week of fierce excitement by twenty or thirty others, that were huddled together on the narrow gorge of Devil's Spur, or cast up on its steep sides. So sudden and violent had been the change of fortune, that the dwellers in the older cabins had not had time to change with it, but still kept their old habits, customs, and even their old clothes. The flour pan in which their daily bread was mixed stood on the rude table side by side with the "prospecting pans," half full of gold washed up from their morning's work; the front windows of the newer tenements looked upon the one single thoroughfare, but the back door opened upon the uncleared wilderness, still haunted by the misshapen bulk of bear or the nightly gliding of catamount.

Neither had success as yet affected their boyish simplicity and the frankness of old frontier habits; they played with their new-found riches with the naive delight of children, and rehearsed their glowing future with the importance and triviality of school-boys.
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Francis Bret Harte (August 25, 1836 – May 5, 1902) was an American author and poet, best remembered for his short fiction featuring miners, gamblers, and other romantic figures of the California Gold Rush. In a career spanning more than four decades, he wrote poetry, fiction, plays, lectures, book reviews, editorials, and magazine sketches in addition to fiction. As he moved from California to the eastern U.S. to Europe, he incorporated new subjects and characters into his stories, but his Gold Rush tales have been most often reprinted, adapted, and admired.

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DEVIL—SATAN—SERPENT—DRAGON

“And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, and prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”—Revelation xii. 7-9.

Names were significant in Bible times; they are given to-day at random, but then names were indicative of character. When character changed, the name changed: Jacob to Israel; Saul to Paul, etc. While the subject of these pages remained the holy, shining light bearer of heaven, he was Lucifer, but that name was lost to him forever. So varied were his passions, characteristics, and powers that must be known by appropriate names, and each, as given, designates some phase of his multiform personality. Devil.Not only did Lucifer lose name and character; he exchanged a brilliant, glorious external appearance (to eyes that penetrate the invisible) for one ugly, loathsome, beastly. If language can be interpreted literally, the eye of inspiration and revelation sees him a Devil—sair in the Hebrew, “hairy one,” “he goat,” etc. The he goat, in the Bible, stands for all that is low and base. Those who partake of the sair nature, in the Last Day, are called goats. He divided the sheep from the goats. God teaches us spiritual lessons in all nature, especially by the animal kingdom, and as the goat is a synonym for the lowest instincts of the animal; we find a being created in the highest realm of spiritual life sinking to the lowest level of brute life. If no further delineation were given—no other name than Devil—the fall was from one extreme to the other.



I. GREEN WILLOW

Tomodata, the young samurai, owed allegiance to the Lord of Noto. He was a soldier, a courtier, and a poet. He had a sweet voice and a beautiful face, a noble form and a very winning address. He was a graceful dancer, and excelled in every manly sport. He was wealthy and generous and kind. He was beloved by rich and by poor.

Now his daimyo, the Lord of Noto, wanted a man to undertake a mission of trust. He chose Tomodata, and called him to his presence.

“Are you loyal?” said the daimyo.

“My lord, you know it,” answered Tomodata.

“Do you love me, then?” asked the daimyo.

“Ay, my good lord,” said Tomodata, kneeling before him.

“Then carry my message,” said the daimyo. “Ride and do not spare your beast. Ride straight, and fear not the mountains nor the enemies’ country. Stay not for storm nor any other thing. Lose your life; but betray not your trust. Above all, do not look any maid between the eyes. Ride, and bring me word again quickly.”

Thus spoke the Lord of Noto.

So Tomodata got him to horse, and away he rode upon his quest. Obedient to his lord’s commands, he spared not his good beast. He rode straight, and was not afraid of the steep mountain passes nor of the enemies’ country. Ere he had been three days upon the road the autumn tempest burst, for it was the ninth month. Down poured the rain in a torrent. Tomodata bowed his head and rode on. The wind howled in the pine-tree branches. It blew a typhoon. The good horse trembled and could scarcely keep its feet, but Tomodata spoke to it and urged it on. His own cloak he drew close about him and held it so that it might not blow away, and in this wise he rode on.
INDEX
PREFACE
THE HUDSON AND ITS HILLS
RIP VAN WINKLE
CATSKILL GNOMES
THE CATSKILL WITCH
THE REVENGE OF SHANDAKEN
CONDEMNED TO THE NOOSE
BIG INDIAN
THE BAKER'S DOZEN
THE DEVIL'S DANCE-CHAMBER.
THE CULPRIT FAY
POKEPSIE
DUNDERBERG
ANTHONY'S NOSE
MOODUA CREEK
A TRAPPER'S GHASTLY VENGEANCE
THE VANDERDECKEN OF TAPPAN ZEE
THE GALLOPING HESSIAN
STORM SHIP OF THE HUDSON
WHY SPUYTEN DUYVIL IS SO NAMED
THE RAMAPO SALAMANDER
CHIEF CROTON
THE RETREAT FROM MAHOPAC
NIAGARA
THE DEFORMED OF ZOAR
HORSEHEADS
KAYUTA AND WANETA
THE DROP STAR
THE PROPHET OF PALMYRA
A VILLAIN'S CREMATION
THE MONSTER MOSQUITOE
THE GREEN PICTURE
THE NUNS OF CARTHAGE
THE SKULL IN THE WALL
THE HAUNTED MILL
OLD INDIAN FACE
THE DIVISION OF THE SARANACS
AN EVENT IN INDIAN PARK
THE INDIAN PLUME
BIRTH OF THE WATER-LILY
ROGERS'S SLIDE
THE FALLS AT COHOES
FRANCIS WOOLCOTT'S NIGHT-RIDERS
POLLY'S LOVER
CROSBY, THE PATRIOT SPY
THE LOST GRAVE OF PAINE
THE RISING OF GOUVERNEUR MORRIS
THE ISLE OF MANHATTOES AND NEARBY
DOLPH HEYLIGER
THE KNELL AT THE WEDDING
ROISTERING DIRCK VAN DARA
THE PARTY FROM GIBBET ISLAND
MISS BRITTON'S POKER
THE DEVIL'S STEPPING-STONES
THE SPRINGS OF BLOOD AND WATER
THE CRUMBLING SILVER
THE CORTELYOU ELOPEMENT
VAN WEMPEL'S GOOSE
THE WEARY WATCHER
THE RIVAL FIDDLERS
WYANDANK
MARK OF THE SPIRIT HAND
THE FIRST LIBERAL CHURCH
ON AND NEAR THE DELAWARE
THE PHANTOM DRAGOON
DELAWARE WATER GAP
THE PHANTOM DRUMMER
THE MISSING SOLDIER OF VALLEY FORGE
THE LAST SHOT AT GERMANTOWN
A BLOW IN THE DARK
THE TORY'S CONVERSION
LORD PERCY'S DREAM
SAVED BY THE BIBLE
PARRICIDE OF THE WISSAHICKON
THE BLACKSMITH AT BRANDYWINE
FATHER AND SON
THE ENVY OF MANITOU
THE LAST REVEL IN PRINTZ HALL
THE TWO RINGS
FLAME SCALPS OF THE CHARTIERS
THE CONSECRATION OF WASHINGTON
TALES OF PURITAN LAND
EVANGALINE
THE SNORING OF SWUNKSUS
THE LEWISTON HERMIT
THE DEAD SHIP OF HARPSWELL
THE SCHOOLMASTER HAD NOT REACHED ORRINGTON.
JACK WELCH'S DEATH LIGHT
THE LADY URSULA
FATHER MOODY'S BLACK VEIL
THE HOME OF THUNDER
THE PARTRIDGE WITCH
THE MARRIAGE OF MOUNT KATAHDIN
THE MOOSE OF MOUNT KINEO
THE OWL TREE
A CHESTNUT LOG
THE WATCHER ON WHITE ISLAND
CHOCORUA
PASSACONAWAY'S RIDE TO HEAVEN
THE BALL GAME BY THE SACO
THE WHITE MOUNTAINS
THE VISION ON MOUNT ADAMS
THE GREAT CARBUNCLE
SKINNER'S CAVE
YET THEY CALL IT LOVER'S LEAP
SALEM AND OTHER WITCHCRAFT
THE GLOUCESTER LEAGUERS
SATAN AND HIS BURIAL-PLACE
PETER RUGG, THE MISSING MAN
THE LOSS OF WEETAMOO
THE FATAL FORGET-ME-NOT
THE OLD MILL AT SOMERVILLE
EDWARD RANDOLPH'S PORTRAIT
LADY ELEANORE'S MANTLE
HOWE'S MASQUERADE
OLD ESTHER DUDLEY
THE LOSS OF JACOB HURD
THE HOBOMAK
BERKSHIRE TORIES
THE REVENGE OF JOSIAH BREEZE
THE MAY-POLE OF MERRYMOUNT
THE DEVIL AND TOM WALKER
THE GRAY CHAMPION
THE FOREST SMITHY
WAHCONAH FALLS
KNOCKING AT THE TOMB
THE WHITE DEER OF ONOTA
WIZARD'S GLEN
BALANCED ROCK
SHONKEEK-MOONKEEK
THE SALEM ALCHEMIST
ELIZA WHARTON
SALE OF THE SOUTHWICKS
THE COURTSHIP OF MYLES STANDISH
MOTHER CREWE
AUNT RACHEL'S CURSE
NIX'S MATE
THE WILD MAN OF CAPE COD
NEWBURY'S OLD ELM
SAMUEL SEWALL'S PROPHECY
THE SHRIEKING WOMAN
AGNES SURRIAGE
SKIPPER IRESON'S RIDE
HEARTBREAK HILL
HARRY MAIN: THE TREASURE AND THE CATS
THE WESSAGUSCUS HANGING
THE UNKNOWN CHAMPION
GOODY COLE
GENERAL MOULTON AND THE DEVIL
THE SKELETON IN ARMOR
MARTHA'S VINEYARD AND NANTUCKET
LOVE AND TREASON
THE HEADLESS SKELETON OF SWAMPTOWN
THE CROW AND CAT OF HOPKINSHILL
THE OLD STONE MILL
ORIGIN OF A NAME
MICAH ROOD APPLES
A DINNER AND ITS CONSEQUENCES
THE NEW HAVEN STORM SHIP
THE WINDAM FROGS
THE LAMB OF SACRIFICE
MOODUS NOISES
HADDAM ENCHANTMENTS
BLOCK ISLAND AND THE PALATINE
THE BUCCANEER
ROBERT LOCKWOOD'S FATE
LOVE AND RUM
LIGHTS AND SHADOWS OF THE SOUTH
THE SWIM AT INDIAN HEAD
THE MOANING SISTERS
A RIDE FOR A BRIDE
SPOOKS OF THE HIAWASSEE
LAKE OF THE DISMAL SWAMP
THE BARGE OF DEFEAT
NATURAL BRIDGE
THE SILENCE BROKEN
SIREN OF THE FRENCH BROAD
THE HUNTER OF CALAWASSEE
REVENGE OF THE ACCABEE
TOCCOA FALLS
TWO LIVES FOR ONE
A GHOSTLY AVENGER
THE WRAITH RINGER OF ATLANTA
THE SWALLOWING EARTHQUAKE
LAST STAND OF THE BILOXI
THE SACRED FIRE OF NACHEZ
PASS CHRISTIAN
THE UNDER LAND
THE CENRAL STATES AND THE GREAT LAKES
AN AVERTED PERIL
THE OBSTINACY OF SAINT CLAIR
THE HUNDREDTH SKULL
THE CRIME OF BLACK SWAMP
THE HOUSE ACCURSED
MICHEL DE COUCY'S TROUBLES
WALLEN'S RIDGE
THE SKY WALKER OF HURON
THE COFFIN OF SNAKES
MACKINACK
LAKE SUPERIOR WATER GODS
THE WITCH OF PICTURED ROCKS
THE ORIGIN OF WHITE-FISH
THE SPIRIT OF CLOUDY
THE SUN FIRE AT SAULT SAINTE MARIE
THE SNAKE GOD OF BELLE ISLE
WERE-WOLVES OF DETROIT
THE ESCAPE OF FRANCOIS NAVARRE
THE OLD LODGER
THE NAIN ROUGE
TWO REVENGES
HIAWATHA
THE INDIAN MESSIAH
THE VISION OF RESCUE
DEVIL'S LAKE
THE KEUSCA ELOPEMENT
PIPESTONE
THE VIRGINS' FEAST
FALLS OF ST. ANTHONY
FLYING SHADOW AND TRACK MAKER
SAVED BY A LIGHTNING-STROKE
THE KILLING OF CLOUDY SKY
PROVIDENCE HOLE
THE SCARE CURE
TWELFTH NIGHT AT CAHOKIA
THE SPELL OF CREVE CIUR LAKE
HOW THE CRIME WAS REVEALED
BANSHEE OF THE BAD LANDS
STANDING ROCK
THE SALT WITCH
ALONG THE ROCKY RANGE
OVER THE DIVIDE
THE PHANTOM TRAIN OF MARSHALL PASS
THE RIVER OF LOST SOULS
RIDERS OF THE DESERT
THE DIVISION OF TWO TRIBES
BESIEGED BY STARVATION
A YELLOWSTONE TRAGEDY
THE BROAD HOUSE
THE DEATH WALTZ
THE FLOOD AT SANTA FE
GODDESS OF SALT
THE COMING OF THE NAVAJOS
THE ARK ON SUPERSTITION MOUNTAINS
THE PALE FACED LIGHTNING
THE WEIRD SENTINEL AT SQUAW PEAK
SACRIFICE OF THE TOLTECS
TA-VWOTS CONQUERS THE SUN
THE COMANCHE RIDER
HORNED TOAD AND GIANTS
THE SPIDER TOWER
THE LOST TRAIL
A BATTLE IN THE AIR
ON THE PACIFIC COAST
THE VOYAGER OF WHULGE
TAMANOUS OF TACOMA
THE DEVIL AND THE DALLES
CASCADES OF THE COLUMBIA
THE DEATH OF UMATILLA
HUNGER VALLEY
THE WRATH OF MANITOU
THE SPOOK OF MISERY HILL
THE QUEEN OF DEATH VALLEY
BRIDAL VEIL FALL
THE GOVERNOR'S RIGHT EYE
THE PRISONER IN AMERICAN SHAFT
AS TO BURIED RICHES
KIDD'S TREASURE
OTHER BURIED WEALTH
STORIED WATERS, CLIFFS AND MOUNTAINS
MONSTERS AND SEA-SERPENTS
STONE-THROWING DEVILS
STORIED SPRINGS
LOVERS' LEAPS
GOD ON THE MOUNTAINS
PREFACE

Believing as I do that James Thomson is, since Shelley, the most brilliant genius who has wielded a pen in the service of Freethought, I take a natural pride and pleasure in rescuing the following articles from burial in the great mausoleum of the periodical press. There will doubtless be a diversity of opinion as to their value. One critic, for instance, has called “The Story of a Famous Old Jewish Firm” a witless squib; but, on the other hand, the late Professor Clifford considered it a piece of exquisite mordant satire worthy of Swift. Such differences are inevitable from the very nature of the subject. Satire, more than any other form of composition, rouses antipathy where it does not command applause; and the greater the satire, the more intense are the feelings it excites.

But which side, it may be inquired, is likely to be the best judge? Surely the friendly one. Sympathy is requisite to insight, as Carlyle says; while hostility blinds us to a thousand virtues and beauties. I am aware that many will take objection to the employment of satire at all, whether good or bad, on religious topics; but this seems to me preposterous, and I should readily answer it, if Thomson had not done so himself in the most vigorous and triumphant manner.

Nearly all the pieces in this volume appeared originally in the National Reformer or the Secularist. I have attempted no arrangement of them, not even a chronological one; the compositor has shuffled them at his own sweet will. All I have done, besides collecting them and carefully reading the proofs, is to indicate in each case the year of first publication; and I think the reader will approve this plan as both modest and sensible.



DEVIL—SATAN—SERPENT—DRAGON

“And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, and prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”—Revelation xii. 7-9.

Names were significant in Bible times; they are given to-day at random, but then names were indicative of character. When character changed, the name changed: Jacob to Israel; Saul to Paul, etc. While the subject of these pages remained the holy, shining light bearer of heaven, he was Lucifer, but that name was lost to him forever. So varied were his passions, characteristics, and powers that must be known by appropriate names, and each, as given, designates some phase of his multiform personality. Devil.Not only did Lucifer lose name and character; he exchanged a brilliant, glorious external appearance (to eyes that penetrate the invisible) for one ugly, loathsome, beastly. If language can be interpreted literally, the eye of inspiration and revelation sees him a Devil—sair in the Hebrew, “hairy one,” “he goat,” etc. The he goat, in the Bible, stands for all that is low and base. Those who partake of the sair nature, in the Last Day, are called goats. He divided the sheep from the goats. God teaches us spiritual lessons in all nature, especially by the animal kingdom, and as the goat is a synonym for the lowest instincts of the animal; we find a being created in the highest realm of spiritual life sinking to the lowest level of brute life. If no further delineation were given—no other name than Devil—the fall was from one extreme to the other.



I. GREEN WILLOW

Tomodata, the young samurai, owed allegiance to the Lord of Noto. He was a soldier, a courtier, and a poet. He had a sweet voice and a beautiful face, a noble form and a very winning address. He was a graceful dancer, and excelled in every manly sport. He was wealthy and generous and kind. He was beloved by rich and by poor.

Now his daimyo, the Lord of Noto, wanted a man to undertake a mission of trust. He chose Tomodata, and called him to his presence.

“Are you loyal?” said the daimyo.

“My lord, you know it,” answered Tomodata.

“Do you love me, then?” asked the daimyo.

“Ay, my good lord,” said Tomodata, kneeling before him.

“Then carry my message,” said the daimyo. “Ride and do not spare your beast. Ride straight, and fear not the mountains nor the enemies’ country. Stay not for storm nor any other thing. Lose your life; but betray not your trust. Above all, do not look any maid between the eyes. Ride, and bring me word again quickly.”

Thus spoke the Lord of Noto.

So Tomodata got him to horse, and away he rode upon his quest. Obedient to his lord’s commands, he spared not his good beast. He rode straight, and was not afraid of the steep mountain passes nor of the enemies’ country. Ere he had been three days upon the road the autumn tempest burst, for it was the ninth month. Down poured the rain in a torrent. Tomodata bowed his head and rode on. The wind howled in the pine-tree branches. It blew a typhoon. The good horse trembled and could scarcely keep its feet, but Tomodata spoke to it and urged it on. His own cloak he drew close about him and held it so that it might not blow away, and in this wise he rode on.
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