The Soldier Boy

or, Tom Somers in the Army

Author: Oliver Optic (William Taylor Adams)
Published: 1864
Language: English
Wordcount: 71,774 / 210 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 47.3
LoC Category: PZ
Downloads: 628
Added to site: 2005.02.25
mnybks.net#: 9742
Genres: Young Readers, War
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We are willing to acknowledge that Pinchbrook is rather a singular name. The antiquarians have not yet had an opportunity to determine its origin; but our private opinion is that the word is a corruption of _Punch_-brook. Perhaps, at some remote period in the history of the town, before the Sons of Temperance obtained a foothold in the place, a villainous mixture, known to topers under the general appellation of "punch," may have been largely consumed by the Pinchbrookers. Though not a very aged person ourself, we have heard allusions to festive occasions where, metaphorically, the punch was said to "flow in streams." Possibly, from "streams" came "brooks,"--hence, "Punchbrook,"--which, under the strange mutations of time, has become "Pinchbrook." But we are not learned in these matters, and we hope that nothing we have said will bias the minds of antiquarians, and prevent them from devoting that attention to the origin of the word which its importance demands

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