By Russell Thorndyke
Posing as a good vicar in Dymchurch on the flip of the 18th century, Dr. Syn is really the retired pirate Captain Clegg. Clegg, believed hanged in Rye, isn't any longer being sought through the specialists. even if, kingdom lifestyles proves too tame for the nice "Dr. Syn," and his consciousness turns to smuggling. he is taking on a mystery id, "The Scarecrow," and leads a gang of smugglers referred to as the Marsh males. They go back and forth Romney Marsh by way of evening on horseback, occasionally utilizing mounts painted with phosphorus to offer them a spectral visual appeal, spreading legends of supernatural evil and threat. even though a legal, Syn's charm is nearly Robin Hoodlike. He makes use of his ill-gotten earnings to assist his parish, and the King's males despatched to ferret out him and his males are not often a sympathetic lot, even supposing they characterize the forces of legislations. it truly is little ask yourself that the general practitioner Syn proved successful between readers of its day.
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Additional resources for Doctor Syn, A Smuggler Tale of the Romney Marsh
Land? ” “The money’s good enough, ain’t it, ma’am? Very well, then, I wants land. A nice little bit of snug mudbank where I can hide and learn about the Marsh. ” So Mrs. Waggetts consented, and bought a plot for him situated about a mile and a half from the village and a rough half mile from the sea. As land, it was of no use in the commercial sense—in fact, the farmer had thought the landlady clean crazed to buy it, though the price was small enough as far as prices go on the Marsh. It was more mud than land, surrounded by two broad dykes that slowly oozed round to meet in a sluice channel.
The girl there has fainted. ” The bo’sun did And as he was ordered, and Imogene was quickly restored to consciousness. The captain for the most part just stared at Syn and said nothing. Suddenly he passed his hand over his brow and wiped away the great beads of perspiration that had gathered there; then taking the brandy bottle from the bo’sun’s hand he took a long pull, and with a sigh sat down in the armchair, still staring at Doctor Syn with unconcealed amazement. ” said the latter, smiling.
Now whatever Jerk’s failings may have been, he was loyal to his friends, and Mrs. Waggetts was not only his friend but his employer, and she had done him one or two very good turns. For one thing, she had given him a money box in which to save a portion of his weekly wage. That doesn’t sound a great deal on the surface, it is true, but her kindness had not ended there, as you shall see. Jerk’s teeth were not sweet, like those of most boys of his age; he never bought sweetmeats, barley sugar, and such child’s trash.