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the Ten Pound Court. Brom Bones too, who shortly after his rival's disappearance conducted the blooming Katrina in triumph to the altar, was observed to look exceedingly knowing whenever the story of Ichabod was related, and always burst into a hearty laugh at the mention of the pumpkin; which led some to suspect that he knew more about the matter than he chose to tell.

The old country wives, however, who are the best judges of these matters, maintain to this day that Ichabod was spirited away by supernatural means; and it is a favorite story often told about the neighborhood round the winter evening fire. The bridge became more than ever an object of superstitious awe, and that may be the reason why the road has been altered of late years, so as to approach the church by the border of the mill-pond. The schoolhouse being deserted, soon fell to decay, and was reported to be haunted by the ghost of the unfortunate pedagogue; and the ploughboy, loitering homeward of a still summer evening, has often fancied his voice at a distance, chanting a melancholy psalm tune among the tranquil solitudes of Sleepy Hollow.

POSTSCRIPT,

FOUND IN THE HANDWRITING OF MR. KNICKERBOCKER.

The preceding Tale is given, almost in the precise words in which I heard it related at a Corporation meeting of the ancient city of Manhattoes, at which were present many of its sagest and most illustrious burghers. The narrator was a pleasant, shabby, gentlemanly old fellow, in pepper-and-salt clothes, with a sadly humorous face; and one whom I strongly suspected of being poor, — he made such efforts to be entertaining. When his story was concluded, there was much laughter and approbation, particularly from two or three deputy aldermen, who had been asleep the greater part of the time. There was, however, one tall, dry-looking old gentleman, with beetling eyebrows, who maintained a grave and rather severe face throughout: now and then folding his arms, inclining his head, and looking down upon the floor, as if turning a doubt over in his mind. He was one of your wary men, who never laugh, but upon good grounds — when they have reason and the law on their side. When the mirth of the rest of the company had subsided, and silence was restored, he leaned one arm on the elbow of his chair, and, sticking the other akimbo, demanded, with a slight but exceedingly sage motion of the head, and contraction of the brow, what was the moral of the story, and what it went to prove ?

The story-teller, who was just putting a glass of wine to his lips, as a refreshment after his toils, paused for a moment, looked at his inquirer with an air of infinite deference, and, lowering the glass slowly to the lable, observed, that the story was intended most logically to prove:

“That there is no situation in life but has its advantages and pleasures - provided we will but take a joke as we find it:

“ That, therefore, he that runs races with goblin troopers is likely to have rough riding of it.

Ergo, for a country schoolmaster to be refused the hand of a Dutch heiress, is a certain step to high preferment in the state."

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The cautious old gentleman knit his brows tenfold closer after this explanation, being sorely puzzled by the ratiocination of the syllogism; while, methought, the one in pepper-and-salt eyed him with something of a triumphant leer. At length, he observed, that all this was very well, but still he thought the story a little on the extravagant - there were one or two points on which he had his doubts.

“Faith, sir,” replied the story-teller, as to that matter, I don't believe one-half of it myself."

D. K.

NOTES.

(The numbers refer to pages.]

THESE notes are not intended to supply the student with information which he can procure for himself from ordinary books of reference. Below appears a list of such books as, it is taken for granted, the pupil will find in the library of his school or town. Even more than those given, the references not given in the notes imply the constant use of the books in the list.

DICTIONARIES: Century or Webster's International.

BIOGRAPHY: Life and Letters of Washington Irving, by Pierre M. Irving (his nephew), published by P. Putnam's Sons.

ALLUSIONS, etc.: Brewer's Reader's Handbook, and Dictionary of Phrase and Fable ; Hare's Walks in London, and Walks in Rome ; Allibone's Dictionary of Authors ; Chambers's Cyclopædia of English Literature.

ENCYCLOPÆDIA: Britannica, ninth edition. The best is not too good. Chambers's and the American will often be found very useful.

13. Whence does Irving quote " a lengthening chain" ?

14. I said that at sea. Compare the melody and rhythm of this paragraph and the next two or three, with the sounds of the paragraph beginning “I confess," on p. 17.

17. Deep called unto deep. Do you know and feel the reason for using this sentence ?

37. Diedrich Knickerbocker. Consult Warner's Biography, p. 72 et seq., and Putnam's edition of Knickerbocker's History of New York.

its ... accuracy which ... was a little questioned. This and the next succeeding paragraph glance at the reproof administered to Irving in the address mentioned in the foot-note. Consult the biographies.

38. a Queen Anne's Farthing. But very few coins of this value were struck off during Queen Anne's reign, and these few only as samples. As a consequence, they were eagerly sought for by collectors, who preserved them with great care.

good Peter Stuyvesant. Compare the account of this man, in the Cyclopædia of American Biography, with book v. of Knickerbocker's History of New York.

39. siege of Fort Christina. See Knickerbocker's History of New York, book vi., chap. viii.

42. His adherents . .. understood him. Compare the description of Governor Van Twiller in the History, book iii., chap. i.

50. Compare the change in the inn sign described in Spectator, No. 122 ; the De Coverley Papers, “Sir Roger on the Bench."

51. Antony's Nose. See Knickerbocker's History, book vi., chap. iv. Pictures of this promontory and other of the more striking features of Hudson River scenery appear in the “ folders” published by the Albany Day Line of H. R. steamboats, G. T. Van Santvoord, General Manager, New York City.

83. the British Museum. See Walks in London, Baedeker's London and its Environs, and Encyclopædia Britannica, xiv., p. 515 (9th edition).

88. The Paradise of Daintie Devices. Consult a dictionary for the etymological meaning of “paradise.” The full title of this work is as follows: “ The Paradyce of Daynty deuises, aptly furnished with sundrie pithie and learned inuentions ; deuised and written for the most part by M. Edwardes, sometimes of her Maiesties Chappel : Imprinted at London, by Henry Disle, in Paules Churchyard, at the Southwest doore of Saint Paules Church, and are there to be sold. 1576."

Hazlitt's Bibliog. of Old English Literature. Do you think that in this description Irving bad any particular authors in mind ?

90. this learned Theban. See King Lear, act 3, sc. iv., and cf. Century Dictionary, under “ Theban," I., a., 1.

137. Doomsday Book. Consult Brewer's Phrase and Fable, and Knight's Popular History of England, vol. i., p. 203.

139. its pronunciation barbarous. To what fact is this an allusion ?

141. Robert Groteste, more frequently Grosseteste. Cf. Green's Short History of the English People, Chambers's Cyclopædia of English Literature, Morley's English Writers, vol. iii., pp. 311-315, and Allibone.

Giraldus Cambrensis. Cf. Chambers's Encyclopædia of English Literature, under “ Barry, Girald," and Allibone.

Henry of Huntingdon. Henry, Archdeacon of Huntingdon, died about 1154 : was author of a history of England, taken from the Anglo..

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