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    Elizabeth Cherry Waltz
Excerpt from book: CHAPTER VI THE PASSING OF ELKANAH RITTER " My soul cbooietb death." THE sensation of the following year in the Long Valley was a unique one. The breathless attention of the good folk of all the settlements could at once be gained by a mention of old Elkanah Ritter of the Crossroads, and his efforts to pass over the river of Death. Other happenings might temporarily switch off the gossip, but, in the end, Elkanah Ritter and his last vagary in u passin' over" claimed attention and held the interest. The old Elkanah had long considered himself as but a pilgrim in this vale of tears. He had a grievance that had embittered existence -- the one that, in the parlance of the Long Valley, he was not an " inheritor." This constituted the aristocracy of the region: but Elkanah's father had owned nothing but the ax with which he had helped to level virgin forests. Elkanah the younger took care to remedy the matter, as far as possible, by marrying land about the Crossroads Settlement with both a first and a second wife. He thus gained theappellation of a " double furriner," and with no hope of shaking it off in this life. His earlier wives were good, hard-working women, who soon succumbed to heavy cares. Finally Elkanah Rittcr married Abigail Ann, who had youth and a pretty face but was at times notoriously flighty. There was not a more stubborn or perverse man in the whole valley than the old Elkanah, but he never showed the full strength of his perversity until told by Doc Briskett of the existence of a disease that would soon end his days. Then, as Pa Gladden expressed it, he " began dyin'." To the surprise of his world, he accepted this fiat of fate with a becoming stoicism, and began to prepare for what he chose to regard as a scriptural translation into heaven. He arrange...  
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  • Elizabeth Cherry Waltz
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