Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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p. ix

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Preface

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p. xi

If you lived in the village of Deep River, Connecticut, in 1885 and looked out your window, you might see an odd figure trudging down the road—a man dressed entirely in scraps of leather, with a bulky pack on his back and thick, clumsy boots on his feet. His head down, he might dart a furtive glance at you before turning his eyes back to the...

Mother Goose’s “One Misty, Moisty Morning,” 1785

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p. xiiii

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PART I: 1869–1883

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pp. 1-26

A Frenchman, aged about 35 years, dressed entirely in leather, stripped from old boot legs, etc., and who carries a leather pack on his back and a tin pail in his hand, continually travels about the country, coming from the same direction and passing through the fields at a certain point. Curiosity led me recently to follow this strange being and..

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PART II: 1884–1885

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pp. 27-60

The “old leather man” passed through this village recently, headed south on the beaten track, which he has followed for the past 20 years. He was in possession of a large box, which it is presumed he intends to keep and use for a Christmas...

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PART III: 1886–1888

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pp. 61-98

Is the “Leather Man” Dead? The old leather man, who was due here the 25th, has not yet arrived, and it is feared that he has been frozen to death during the late severe norther while in New York state. Letters of inquiry are being sent to his stopping places to ascertain what has become..

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PART IV: 1889

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pp. 99-130

The Old Leather Man passed through this village last Sunday afternoon notwithstanding the rain while it drizzled down in a most uncomfortable manner. As usual he stopped at the house of Mr. I. W. Beach where he was fed and where owing to his horrible appearance and the probability that he is unable at any time to close his pilgrimage, a...

APPENDIXES

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pp. 131-138

Annotated Bibliography

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pp. 139-139

Additional Resources

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pp. 140-140

Index

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pp. 141-144

Editor’s Note

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pp. 145-146