They then filled the grave with earth and tramped upon it until it would hold no more.
The balance of the loose earth was thrown far and wide, and a mass of dead undergrowth spread in as natural a manner as possible over the new-made grave to obliterate all signs of the ground having been disturbed.
Two or three minutes later the murdered man, the blanketed corpse, the lidless coffin, and the open grave were under no inspection but the moon's.
All the old graves were sunken in, there was not a tombstone on the place; round-topped, worm-eaten boards stag- gered over the graves, leaning for support and finding none.
'"The grave, Sir; making the grave," stammered the sexton.
'"Oh, the grave, eh?" said the goblin; "who makes graves at a time when all other men are merry, and takes a pleasure in it?"
"I need go no farther with you," said Miss Halcombe, pointing to the grave
. "You will let me know if you find anything to confirm the idea you have just mentioned to me.
Johnson so much," continued Grandfather, "that it was the last request of many of them, when they died, that they might be buried as near as possible to this good man's grave
. And so the field became the first burial ground in Boston.
The minister bowed for the last time to the altar and the still fresh graves
; then, followed by his assistant, he slowly took the road back to the presbytery.
But when the last and humblest female of the tribe had joined in the wild and yet ordered array, the men of the Lenape contracted their circle, and formed again around the person of Uncas, as silent, as grave
, and as motionless as before.
Throughout the whole of a ceremony, which is ever solemn and admonitory, the squatter had maintained a grave
and serious deportment.
There were few people whom the Careys cared to ask there, and their parties consisted always of the curate, Josiah Graves
with his sister, Dr.
If people cannot be assured of graves
, I fear they will no longer die, and the best interests of civilisation will wither like a frosted leaf."
"Yonder is the grave-island, the silent isle; yonder also are the graves
of my youth.
- THE MAN WHO LOVES NOT GRAVES
AND COFFINS AND SKULLS.