NEW YORK FOLKLORE QUARTERLY
Vol. II, No. 3, Autumn 1947
HANGED IN THREE PLACES, BURIED IN TWO
Henry Charlton Beck
I AM always a little surprised when I find those who, boasting
familiarity with off-the-main-highway New Jersey, confess to
knowing nothing at all about the Mordecai Swamp. That is
because, tracking down one legend or another, I seem to have
been mucking about in that watery wasteland, filled with punk-dry
“islands,” at various intervals over the last twenty years.
The quest usually has been for some evidence of the loot or
at least the hideaway of Joe Mulliner. Joe was a refugee, a leader
of those outlaws of Revolutionary days who, refusing to adhere
to the patriot cause and abhorring the notion of siding with the
King, enjoyed their own brand of “fun” while their friends and
neighbors were away from home.
Joe’s band chased cattle into the woods, scattered pigs into the
pineland forests, and recurrently stooped to pillage and murder.
That the homespun barnyard raiders made a thorough job of
running pigs into the swamps is borne out in the lingering name
of at least one forgotten town, Hog Wallow, once the center of
hog hunts long before deer hunting required a legal season.....
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