Friday, October 14, 2016

The dominant spirit, however, that haunts this enchanted region and seems to be commander -in-chief of all the powers of the air is the apparition of a figure on horseback without a head. it is said by some to be the ghost of a Hessian trooper, whose head had been carried away by a cannon ball, in some nameless battle during the Revolutionary war, and who is ever and anon seen by the country folk, hurrying along in the gloom of the night, as if on wings of the wind. His haunts are not confined to the valley, but extend at times to the adjacent roads, and especially to the vicinity of a church at no great distance. Indeed, certain of the most authentic historians of those parts, who have been careful in collecting and collating the floating facts concerning this spectre , allege that the body of a 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 hurry to get back to the churchyard before daybreak.

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