54 The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
historian of the Manhattoes during his sojourn at the Roost, but may return to them in future pages.
Reader ! the Roost still exists. Time, which changes all things, is slow in its operations on a Dutchman's dwelling. The stout Jacob Van Tassel, it is true, sleeps with his fathers ; and his great goose-gun with him ; yet his stronghold still bears the impress of its Dutch ori-
gin. Odd rumors have gathered about it, as they are apt to do about old mansions, like moss and weather-stains. The shade of Wolfert Acker still walks his unquiet rounds at night in the orchard ; and a white figure has now and then been seen seated at a window and
gazing at the moon, from a room in which a young lady is said to have died of love and green apples.
Mementos of the sojourn of Diedrich Knickerbocker are still cherished at the Roost. His elbow-chair and antique writing-desk maintain their place in the room he occupied, and his old cocked-hat still hangs on a peg against the wall.
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