Small House of Everything

Small House of Everything

Thursday, July 11, 2013


     Early settlers were mostly Pennsylvania Dutch with names like Hite, Allstadt and Wager.  Workmen at the armory included many Irishmen.  There was good-natured violence between these groups:  on St. Patrick's Day the Germans paraded with effigies of the saint, and the Irish assailed them with fists and clods.  On St. Michael's Day the Irish turned out with a highly insulting figure of Germany's national saint necklaced in sauerkraut, and the Germans gleefully sallied out to riot.

-- from Harper's Ferry:  Prize of War by Manly Wade Wellman (McNally of Charlotte, 1960)

Good-natured violence, eh?  Sometimes the good ol' days aren't quite so good.

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