The Northumberland werewolves

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The Northumberland werewolves

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In Northumberland County,Pennsylvania,c.1899,many rural residents had their suspicions about a reclusive old man being a werewolf. While some scoffed at such stories as nonsense and superstiton,the paul family became uneasy when they noticed that the old fellow had taken an apparent liking to their 12-year-old daughter,May.

Although they had never seen the man do the slightest thing that anyone could consider improper,it made them uncomfortable when he would sit some distance from may while she tended the family's sheep.They knew that theirlittle girl was a lovely,cheerful child who seemed to lift the spirits of all those she encountered,and the elderly gent simply seemed to gain pleasure from watching her performing her daily tasks with the flock.From all they could ascertain,he never even spoke to her or disturbed her duties in any manner whatsoever.

Other shepherds found it strange,though,that while the wolves in the area were so bold that they could attack flocks of sheep in broad daylight,they never bothered the sheep that were tended by little May. Some had witnessed the wolves approaching her flock,then turn tail and run away. Such bizarre behavior on the part of the beasts only increased the gossip about the old man being a werewolf that frightened the normal werewolves away.

One night when the moon was full,a hunter spotted a gaunt old wolf skulking out of the underbrush.Thinking of the 25-dollar bounty on wolves,he took aim and fired. He could tell from the yelp of pain that his bullet had struck home,but the wolf staggered into the thicket. Deciding it was too dark for persuit of a wounded wolf in such tangled growth,the hunter went home,resolving to return at the first light.

The next morning,he returned to the spot,followed the trail of blood,and instead of the carcass of a wolf,he found the body of May Paul's elderly admirer lying stiff and cold--thus confirming the rumors about his being a werewolf. According to regional tradition,he was buried on the spot,which became known as die woolfman's grob(the wolfman's grave).

AS the story goes,May Paul continued to tend her family's flocks in the same area for the next 25 years.Although wolves and other predators continued to harass the flocks of the neighboring farmers,May's sheep were never troubled.She claimed that the spirit of her werewolf protector still watched out for her and drove away the beasts of prey.
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Interesting.
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Its one of my personal favorite legends,when i first read it i actually cried. :cry:
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You say werewolf like its a bad thing.

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:cry: i did too. xd
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Or perhaps the old man wasn't the only Werewolf in the area... :wink:
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i think you might have a point there Red.
If you talk to the animals,they will talk to you and you will know each other.If you do not talk to them,you will not know them and what you do not know you fear,and what one fears one destroys.

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I just can't stop reading this legend,it's a favorite of mine.
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You say werewolf like its a bad thing.

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I would suspect the old man found time to change May before he was shot.
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I was thinking the same thing.
If you talk to the animals,they will talk to you and you will know each other.If you do not talk to them,you will not know them and what you do not know you fear,and what one fears one destroys.

Greater love hath no man than to lay down his life for a friend.

You say werewolf like its a bad thing.

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