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The Little Manx Nation - 1891

Sir Hall Caine

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Christian, who was one of the two deemsters. This man dissented from the voice of the court, and hastened to London to petition the king. Charles is said to have heard his plea, and to have sent an order to suspend sentence. Some say the order came too late; some say the Governor had it early enough and ignored it. At all events Christian was shot. He protested that he had never been anything but a faithful servant to the Derbys, and made a brave end. The place of his execution was Hango Hill, a bleak, bare stretch of land with the broad sea Under it. The soldiers wished to bind Christian. "Trouble not yourselves for me," he said, "for I that dare face death in whatever shape he comes, will not start at your fire and bullets." He pinned a piece of white paper on his breast, and said: "Hit this, and you do your own work and mine." Then he stretched forth his arms as a signal, was shot through the heart, and fell. Such was the end of Brown William. He may have been a traito. . . Read More

Community Reviews

A very witty short book, written in a way that makes you forget it was published almost 130 years ago. A mixture of folklore, funny and less funny events in the history of Man, traditions and personal experiences of Hall Caine - a very successful novelist at that time but unknown to me until recentl

Short booklet on the history of the Isle of Man and its people, folkore and culture.