Doc Dady Gettysburg,PN 1800's

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Doc Dady Gettysburg,PN 1800's - THE GETTYSBURG TJMES, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21,...
THE GETTYSBURG TJMES, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21, T)oc' Dady And 2 Partners Fleece Gettysburg Authoress Reveals True Story Of Ghost Of Pigeon Hills You'll think this a strange story, j does it want?" but it's all true. The account of Doctor Dady was written down by "It wants to tell a secret. It can't rest in the grave till it confesses the judge who presided at his trial I a crime. in 1797. Many of tlie early emigrants to all the colonies were poor and forlorn. Their property had been taken from them, they had been forbidden to worship in their churches, they liad seen then- frineds and relatives put to death because they would not go to war or because they could not believe what their rulers required them to. Such experiences are enough to upset people's minds. Wicked Superstitions In Europe at this time there were many strange and wicked super- farmer and stole his gold. It wants to tell where that gold is." "And where is the gold?" "Here. Buried on' your farm That's why the gho^t came." "On my farm!" "Yes." "But where?" "Come back to tlie house and we'll talk." No Irish or Jockeys Back at the house, Williams said tliat the treasure was enormous. The ghost said it was entirely too much for one man. Tlie ghost would tell where it was to eleven or more men stitions. People believed there were who must be honest, religious and witches-and wizards; they--thought]sensible. He said he wouldn't tell a man could injure his neighbor merely by willing to injure him, or by saying evil words against him. Sometimes a poor old woman who meant no liarm to anyone was put to death becauu: a naughty child said she liad seen her riding on a broomstick, or that the old woman came at night and stuck pins into her. William Penn had ;io such beliefs. When a woman was brought before him accused of being a witch, he let her go. saying that nothing was proved against her. He is supposed to have added in fun, "If she can ride through the air on a broomstick, let her ride!" Of course he knew that no one could ride through the air on a broomstick. Called Pow-wowin? Tlie white people called the making of signs and the saying of silly words to banish witches and evil spirits by the Indian name for such performances--pow-wowing-. When a child had a pain or rash, a man or woman would pow-wow for it, tliat is, he would make signs or wave his hand over the aching --place, meanwhile words or words which meant nothing at all. Some people believed in ghosts, and tliis story is about a ghost. Doctor Dady was a "Hessian, one of the German soldiers hired by an Irishman or a horse-jockey. Now the people in that neighbor- "But," said the letter. "There are | .certain tilings you must do. First, in order that this spell may not be broken, you must get some Dulcimer j Elixir." j "What is Dulcimer Elixir?" they j asked, eagerly. "It's a very strong medicine." "Where can we get it?" "Tlie Dulcimer Elixir?" said Williams and Hall. "Why, it's the most fortunate thing in the world, Doctor Dady lias some. If any of these men liad asked i real preacher or a real doctor about the Dulcimer Elixir, he would have learned that there was no such thing, but to ask would, they thought, break the spell. Tlie next day one of them went to Doctor Dady. Doctor Dady twiddled his thumbs and looked at the young man from under half-closed eyelids and finally he said yes, he did have some Dulcimer Elixir. "How much does it cost?" asked the young man. High Priced Elixir Doctor Dady walked out to the barn and looked up at the cobwebby rafters and into the horse and cow- stalls. He waved his hands and finally he pointed at a pile of oats hood particularly distrusted Irish- ] in a corner. He thrust his hand men and horse-jockeys, so that | into the pile and pulled out a bottle pleased Miner. There must have been a ghost, he couldn't have imagined it because Williams and Hall stood close to tlie circle and the screech came from the woods. He never thought of the old rascal. Doctor Dady, who had invented all lie hocus-pocus. sealed with a, red seal. "How much does it cast?" asked the young man. trembling for fear he would not have enough money to buy the elixir. "It costs forty-live dollars, fifteen dollars an ounce," said the doctor. The young man had only thirty - It's Hospitality Time Hcre\ an ISUi Century dining room in mahogany which would any member of the family ''bent on holiday cntertaiiuns, am! it delight the ^uwLs .us well. Wining room furniture is plentiful, due to fact that oiilv \\oxb not used in wur production are now Ruing; Miner got thirty-eight neighbors six dollars m the world, so he to join him. You wouldn't think he could have found so many poor dupes in a thinly-settled country, but he did. First, Williams and Hall gave each man a sealed paper, containing a little sand. This they said was "the sower" and this "power" each was to bury for three days and three nights. Having done as Williams and Hall directed, all the men assembled in the field where the ghcst had appeared. There they marched round and round a circle drawn on the ground. Soon the ghost, who was tall like Doctor Dady. appeared at the edge of the woods and uttered Ms-yell.--Whv some man King George UI to fight against the Americans. When the war was over he did not return to Germany but like many of his irlends, deserted from the army and stayed in America. He went into the western part of York, now Adams county. Pennsylvania, occupied chiefly by Germans and there he claimed to be a minister. He could speak English as well as German and liad what is called a glib tongue. People came to have a great deal of confidence in him. Presently he gave up preaching and pretended to be a doctor. Crooked Triumvirate One hot July morning he went to call on an English neighbor whom we shall call Miner and there he found two" strangers whose names were Williams and Hall. These were bad men like himself, he could tell that at a glance, and doubtless they could tell that lie was a bad man. Miner was away and Doctor Dady had a long conversation with the two strangers. When he left he was chuckling and so were they. When Miner came home, Williams and Hall asked him whether he knew that his house was haunted. Said they. "A spirit sent us here from sixty miles away to tell you that." "My house haunted!" cried Miner, horrified. "Oh, no!" "It certainly is," caad Williams, positively. "If you'll let us stay another night, we'll prove it to you." Miner gave the strangers permission to stay and the next night they took him to a field a little distance from the house. Tlie woods round about had been cleared and there was a dark wall of trees on three sides. Williams drew a circle on the ground and while he stood near by, Hall led Miner round the circle. The night was very dark and quiet; even the crickets seemed to have stopped chirping. For a long time nothing happened, but Miner was ( certain that something would happen, something mysterious and dreadful. His heart beat more and more slowly: he felt as though he might die. "Choil" Appear;, Then, suddenly, he gave a wild jump. From the woods on one side of the field sounded a blood-curdling screech. It wasn't an owl. though owls can screech like cats. It wasn't a whip-poor-will--the screeches didn't follow closely upon one another. In a moment a tall wliitc object appeared against the dark wall of the woods. Miner's knees gave way and Hail held him up. "What is it?" he whimpered. "Oh, tell me! What is it?" Williams did not answer at once, because he was talking to the ghost. What the ghost and Williams said was mere gibberish, but Miner who had never heard Latin or Greek thought it was certainly one or the other. "What is it"" he asied. ajain, "What. after him and jerk off his white sheet, I don't know. Instead, everybody stood and trembled. Promise of Wealth This went on for about six weeks, then tlie ghost wrote them a letter --at least Hall and Williams said the ghost had written it. The ghost promised each, one about twenty thousands dollars. Thirty-nine times twenty thousand would be how much? Seven hundred and eighty thousand--think of that! brought along three bushels of oats. Another of the party of treasure- seekers paid Doctor Dady one hundred and twenty-one dollars. The Dulcimer Elixir was not a medicine to take inwardly; the people who bought it were told to hold their bottles in their hands as they pranced round the circle and to pour some on their heads, then to bury the bottle in the giound. How ridiculous they must Iiave looked as they marched round and round! How Doctor Dady must have laughed when he reflected that he had made the Dulcimer Elixir out of red pepper and copperas, one of lhc_ingredients of ink! Not satisfied with these thirty- nine customers, Williams went a little distance away and organized another company of twenty-one. Of course he persuaded each member that there must be absolute secrecv or the spell would not work. To tlie twenty-one a ghost appeared 11 the twilight and apparently no one thought of runnins' after him. One man paid ninety dollars for Dulcimer Elixir, another a hunderd. Now Williams and Hall decided to set up for themselves Each one | TEXAS TOWN HITS had a ghost and each had 1m com- j SCUAP JACKPOT pany prancing round a circle. For j Pecob Te\T~TAp)--The townToi a while all went well. William's, j Wink, Texas,, has, thu* far collected wife joined him--possiblj bhc was, moie than 1.500 pound 1 - of scrap his ghoat. , metal p'r capita, according to The dilucult} v,«u, to imd a doctor | Coloiv-1 H«irry C Wis-chait, o whom the people could yo for i imindm;,' ofhctr. Pccos Army Elixir. Mrs. .Williams persuaded a J School. A i m y air foicc doctor in a neighboring town to bct-n ama/'.-d by the responbe landle it, promising many customers,, by thf citis.iu of this, tiny, He took the Elixir to .sell but only I TCNUS lo-.ui. population 2.000. Since the beginning of the year. Wink nab shipped at least 3,335,000 pounoS of setup metal including 310,000 pounds of rubber to smeltfib, etc. TRAPPERS! RAW FURS WANTED We Will Give You the Best Grading and the Most Money for Your Furs TRAPPERS NOTICE! Bring in your fur-bearing animals unskin- ned. We are collecting the fat and carcasses for the United States Government to be used in the manufacture of explosives. WE HAVE A GOOD LINE OF TRAPS OF ALL SIZES JOHNJ.REINDOLLAR FAIRFIELD. PA. PHONE i "tvt 2, sftcst," replied at last. "A spirit." "Tt.'s ftonf now," s*M SMI. SPAPFRflBCHlVE® Prepare Your Car FOR WINTER Complete One-Stop Service Available Here · Anti-Freezc · Lubrication · Oil Change · Batteries · Chains · Defrosters · Tires 100% Atlantic Service COM) WEATHER DEMANDS LIGHTER OILS Save-Your Tires -- Use Rubber-Life iEETFER'S SERVICE STATION BKrLERVILLE, PENNA. o learn more about this queer business. When men from the country came in and paid over seven hundred and forty dollais for the bottles eft by Mrs Williams, he called the constable and when Mrs. Williams came to collect the monej she was arrested. Then the bubble burst. Williams and Hall got awav. but Doctor Dady was fined and imprisoned for two /ears. No more was heard of him and .we hope he repented and lived an honest life. From Stones of Pennsylvania, Vol. I. Elsie Singmaster. Pennsylvania Book Sen-ice. By permission. 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  1. The Gettysburg Times,
  2. 27 Nov 1942, Fri,
  3. Page 11

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