Excerpt from The Snow Shroud, or the Lost Bairn O' Biddleston Edge
HE month of December, 1 837, in the north of England was unusually boisterous and stormy. The local records are filled with details of damage done by sea and land: of stranded ships swollen rivers - bridges de... stroyed and roads ¿ooded. On the twentieth day of that month, at half-past nine in the morning, little Edward Meunim, the son of a shepherd in the southern range of the Cheviot, was sent by his mother from Biddleston Edge, in the parish of Alwinton, Northumberland, to Biddleston, bearing some needful message toher husband. The weather had improved - the dis tance was tri¿ing - and the path well known to the little messenger, who was however, not much above six years old. - Proud of his office, he left his mo ther'e door with a light heart, and was never more seen alive.
Almost immediately after his departure, the storm, which had only paused to fetch breath, as the sea man's phrase is, came down upon him with redoubled fury, bringing with it those two most awful visita tions, a dense fog and a scudding snow, - visitations under which the stoutest quail, when occurring either on the ocean or among the hills. W hat our poor little laddie endured, is known only to Him who can temper the wind to the shorn lamb. But that his sufferings, mental and bodily, must have been great, is too certain. His corpse was found on the eighth of the following month, at Hockley Dean Law, six miles from his home, across a rugged and difficult country; yet with a smile on the lip, and colour in the check, as though he had made his grave a bed.
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