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Under the Liberty Tree A Story of The 'Boston Massacre'   By: (1848-1912)

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UNDER THE LIBERTY TREE.

STORIES OF American History, BY JAMES OTIS.

=Under the Liberty Tree:= A Story of the Boston Massacre.

=The Boys of 1745= at the Capture of Louisbourg.

=An Island Refuge:= Casco Bay in 1676.

=Neal the Miller:= A Son of Liberty.

=Ezra Jordan's Escape= from the Massacre at Fort Loyall.

Each volume cloth, small 12 mo, neatly bound, 75 cents.

ESTES & LAURIAT, PUBLISHERS.

[Illustration]

UNDER THE LIBERTY TREE

A STORY OF THE "BOSTON MASSACRE"

BY JAMES OTIS

AUTHOR OF "JENNY WREN'S BOARDING HOUSE," "JERRY'S FAMILY," "THE BOYS' REVOLT," "THE BOYS OF 1745," ETC.

[Illustration: Illustrated]

BOSTON ESTES AND LAURIAT 1896

Copyright, 1896, BY ESTES AND LAURIAT All rights reserved

Colonial Press: C. H. Simonds & Co., Boston, Mass., U.S.A. Electrotyped by Geo. C. Scott & Sons

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER PAGE

I. THE LIBERTY TREE 11

II. FIRST FRUITS 29

III. LIBERTY HALL 49

IV. A DISCOMFITED CREDITOR 67

V. A NIGHT OF TERROR 81

VI. AFTER THE MASSACRE 101

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS.

THE SOLDIERS FIRE Frontispiece

"HOW LONG IS IT SINCE YOU HAVE BEEN HOBNOBBING IN THAT QUARTER?" 13

"THEY ARE INDULGING IN TREASONABLE PRACTICES" 19

ATTACHING THE WARNING 27

"WILL YOU GIVE ME THE MONEY NOW?" 35

"YOU ARE A COWARD!" 40

"RAISING HIS MUSKET QUICKLY, AND WITHOUT TAKING AIM, HE FIRED" 45

PAUL REVERE AND AMOS 50

THE CROWD UNDER THE LIBERTY TREE 61

"THE SENTRY KNOCKED HIM DOWN" 71

"ONE OF THE FRAGMENTS STRUCK MRS. RICHARDSON" 74

"MEN AND BOYS RUSHED FROM THEIR HOMES" 85

ATTUCKS 89

"TO THE MAIN GUARD" 95

"POOR SAM!" 102

"BOTH REGIMENTS OR NONE!" 107

"Your Lordship must know that Liberty Tree is a large, old Elm in the High Street, upon which the effigies were hung in the time of the Stamp Act, and from whence the mobs at that time made their parades. It has since been adorned with an inscription, and has obtained the name of Liberty Tree, as the ground under it has that of Liberty Hall. In August last, just before the commencement of the present troubles, they erected a flagstaff, which went through the tree, and a good deal above the top of the tree. Upon this they hoist a flag as a signal for the Sons of Liberty, as they are called."

Extract from a letter written by Governor Bernard to Lord Hillsborough under date of June 18, 1768.

"The world should never forget the spot where once stood Liberty Tree, so famous in your annals."

The Marquis de Lafayette, in a speech delivered in Boston during his last visit to America.

UNDER THE LIBERTY TREE

A Story of the "Boston Massacre"

CHAPTER I.

THE LIBERTY TREE.

It was on the evening of February 21, 1770, in the city of Boston, that a party of boys, ranging in age from ten to eighteen years, were assembled at what was known as "Liberty Hall," which was not a building, but simply the open space sheltered by the wide spreading branches of the "Liberty Tree."

Although General Gage's troops occupied the city, and patrols of the "bloody backs," as the red coated soldiers had been called in derision, paced to and fro at regular intervals along the streets, these boys spoke openly of their desire, and even of their intention, to avenge the wrongs under which the colonists were suffering, believing from past experience that the troops would not dare proceed to extremities with the citizens, more especially since Lieutenant Governor Hutchinson "doubted his authority to order the soldiers to fire upon the populace... Continue reading book >>




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