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Strange Pages from Family Papers

Strange Pages from Family Papers by T. F. Thiselton Dyer
By: (1848-1923)

“Among other qualities which have been supposed to belong to a dead man’s hand, are its medicinal virtues, in connection with which may be mentioned the famous ‘dead hand,’ which was, in years past, kept at Bryn Hall, Lancashire… Thus the case is related of a woman who, attacked with the smallpox, had this dead hand in bed with her every night for six weeks, and of a poor lad living near Manchester who was touched with it for the cure of scrofulous sores.”

Though not all chapters have such gruesome subjects as The Dead Hand, all are full of a curious mixture of superstition and local history that will delight and amuse the modern listener.

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Transcriber's Note: Some very obvious typos were corrected in this text. For a list please see the bottom of the document.

[Illustration: "FOR THE BLAST OF DEATH IS ON THE HEATH, AND THE GRAVE YAWNS WIDE FOR THE CHILD OF MOY."]

STRANGE PAGES

FROM

FAMILY PAPERS

By T.F. THISELTON DYER

AUTHOR OF

"GREAT MEN AT PLAY," "CHURCH LORE GLEANINGS," "THE GHOST WORLD," &C.

LONDON SAMPSON LOW, MARSTON & COMPANY LIMITED St. Dunstan's House, FETTER LANE, FLEET STREET, E.C. 1895

LONDON: PRINTED BY HORACE COX, WINDSOR HOUSE, BREAM'S BUILDINGS, E.C.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER I. Fatal Curses page 1

CHAPTER II. The Screaming Skull 29

CHAPTER III. Eccentric Vows 46

CHAPTER IV... Continue reading book >>


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