The Nemesis of Chautauqua Lake: Or Circumstantial Evidence (Classic Reprint)
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"Who would with care some happy fiction frame,
So mimics truth, it looks the very same." - Granville.
Fiction is often truth colored by the brush or pen of the artist, or moulded by the chisel of the sculptor.
When I was a child my father lived in the village of Westfield, Chautauqua county, N. Y. He was a physician and surgeon whose practice extended over the county and portions of the country adjacent thereto. At that time there resided a few miles from Westfield, an Indian doctor named McEntosh or McEntire, I am not certain which. He was a half-breed of the Cattaraugus tribe, very well educated for the times and his surroundings, and possessed of more than ordinary intelligence. He was a friend of my father, whom he frequently consulted in relation to his patients when their symptoms were beyond his ability to diagnose.
One summer morning in the year 1832 he called on my father to visit a patient with him who was sick in the village of Mayville. At my earnest solicitation I was permitted to accompany them. As we rode along he related an old legend of the country which interested my boyish curiosity very much, and which I have embodied in the following story. In its narration I have preserved the the names of the dramatis personae, and have narrated the incidents of the story as I remember it to have been narrated by the old doctor.
Sixty years ago I read it as briefly published in one of the newspapers of western New York, and the tradition will probably be remembered by a few of the old settlers of Chautauqua county. I have only taken an author's liberty to elaborate and paint its incidents with the feeble pen of narration, yet they are substantially true as narrated by the early traditions of the country.
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