The Old Stone Mill





If the round tower at Newport was not Benedict Arnold's wind-mill, and

any one or two of several other things, it is probably a relic of the

occupancy of this country by Thorwald and his Norsemen. After coasting

Wonderstrands (Cape Cod), in the year 1007, they built a town that is

known to historians--if not in their histories--as Norumbega, the lost

city of New England. It is now fancied that the city stood on the Charles

River, near Waltham, Massachusetts, where a monument may be erected, but

it is also believed that they reached the neighborhood of Newport, Rhode

Island. After this tower--popularly called the old stone mill-was built,

a seer among the Narragansetts had a vision in which he foresaw that when

the last remnant of the structure had fallen, and not one stone had been

left on another, the Indian race would vanish from this continent. The

work of its extermination seems, indeed, to have begun with the

possession of the coast by white men, and the fate of the aborigines is

easily read.





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