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Turning Back the Pages

In an area village school, a teacher asked the scholars in her class to write a sentence finishing with the two words, "bitter end." One boy wrote, "The Russians had to fight to a better end." A seven-and-a-half-year-old youngster named Archie wrote, "Our Pomeranian puppy ran after mother Cooper's cat yesterday and as she was running through the wooden fence he "bitter end."

Found artifacts pre-date pilgrims?

"Uncle" Ben Chesney, who lives below Shaver's Mills near Luzerne, has in his possession a relic of days in this section that pre-dates all known history.

It is a small stone, perhaps 10 by 14 inches, oval on one side and faced on the other. On the face side appears the letters, "O.S." and the figures "1612." The stone was dug up from the Buttles Cemetery, which is on a part of Uncle Ben's farm, some 40 years ago. The stone lay on the subsoil and was covered by five feet of sand. It must have been there many, many years and just how it got there is a mystery.

A few years ago after the Adirondack railroad was built, the water coursing through a culvert under the roadbed in the town of Hadley, near the old Beattie place, gullied a strip along the highway and unearthed a quantity of ancient copper coins, which were quickly appropriated by people in that vicinity. Last year there was an old sword dug up on the state road. It is evident from these relics that Luzerne was visited by white men long before its first known settlement by the Yankees.

(Note: The pilgrims did not land in Plymouth, Mass. until 1620, although I find a record of the settlement of the Popham Colony on the Maine coast established there in June, 1607. White men in Luzerne in 1612? Does anyone know if that possible gravestone, the sword or the copper coins have survived in some museum? It is interesting to speculate what other exciting treasures might still be buried possibly in a Luzerne corn field. I would be happy to hear from anyone who has any thoughts on this subject.)

Readers are welcome to contact Adirondack Journal correspondent Jean Hadden at jhadden1@nycap.rr.com or 623-2210.

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