May-Day Memories single work   short story  
Issue Details: First known date: 1895... 1895 May-Day Memories
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An English traveller forced by weather to spend the night in an old man's cottage in Somersetshire hears a tale of 1840. A farmer's son who steals the pretty blacksmith's daughter from a poor but honest farm hand is cursed by the labourer to suffer on the first of May each year. He loses his wife in childbirth one year later, and his beloved son to the hangman twenty one years after that. And the old cottager dies that night - also the first of May ... (PB)


  • From 'Queer Stories' in London Truth, published by Special Arrangement with the Proprietor. (PB)

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  • Somerset,
    United Kingdom (UK),
    Western Europe, Europe,
  • 1840
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