John Alden The Witch - 9
John Alden of Longfellow's poem, highly
esteemed sailor and Indian fighter of the day, was brought to trial as a
witch. The accusing girls swooned when he entered the courtroom, and one
shouted, "There stands Alden before the judges. He sells powder to the
Indians and lies with Indian squaws."
"Why, asked John of the judge, don't you fall flat on your face when I
look at you?" John was sent to jail, but escaped within a few weeks.