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Trees Danced:
Did Passaconaway Possess Superhuman Powers?


The Bridal of Pennacook (1844)
John Greenleaf Whittier

Exercises in the Evening (1851)

Potter's History of Manchester (1856)

Passaconaway Links

The Tribes and the States 

America's Search for Liberty in Song and Poem


Statue and Plaque in Edson Cemetery, Lowell, MA



White Mt.  Links

White Mt. Maps 1895-96



 (Click map for source.)






William James Sidis


Boston: Richard G. Badger, 1916.




Click chapter numbers to open.

I Passaconaway, the Man
II Passaconaway's Papooses
III Wonalancet, the "Pleasant Breathing"
IV How Kankamagus Crossed Out the Account
V Passaconaway's Pyramid
VI Paugus, Mountain and Chieftain
VII Chocorua's Horn and Legend
VIII The Northern Sky-Line
IX Sunset Rampart and the Southwestern Quadrant
X Sabbaday's Triple Fall
XI The Deer Ponds
XII The Old Mast Road
XIII Albany (Passaconaway) Intervale, Past and Present
XIV A Chapter of Adventures
XV Old Jack, Guide and Trapper of the White Mountains
XVI Forty Below Zero in Passaconaway-Land


Frontispiece Passaconaway Intervale
1 Passaconaway the Bashaba
2 Mounts Passaconaway and Tripyramid
3 The Pitcher Fall
4 Chocorua's Horn
5 Bear Mountain
6 Sugar Hill and Mount Huntington
7 Mount Potash
8 Up Sabbaday Brook
9 Sabbaday's Punch-bowl
10 Church Pond
11 The Historic George House
12 Shackford's (The Passaconaway House)
13 Old Jack, Guide and Trapper
14 Ellen's Falls (Swift River Falls)
15 Forty Below Zero

Digital photographs of illustrations contributed by Robert Underwood. _________________________________________


Library of Congress

101 Independence Ave., SE

Washington, DC 20540

LC Control Number: 16025266

Type of Material: Book (Print, Microform, Electronic, etc.)

Personal Name: Beals, Charles Edward, 1896- [from old catalog]

Main Title: Passaconaway in the White Mountains,

Published/Created: Boston, R. G. Badger; [etc., etc., c1916]

Description: 343 p. front., plates. 21 cm.

Subjects: Passaconaway, Indian chief, 17th century. [from old catalog]

Passaconaway (Mountain) [from old catalog]

LC Classification: F41.6.P28 B3


Copy 1

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In 2008, filmmaker Adam Gibgot gave me this first edition copy, discarded by the Boscawen, N. H., Town Library. Though Adam could not have known it at the time, the town of Boscawen was originally Contoocook, located between the towns of Passaconaway and Concord, along the Contoocook River. This may be an area where Passaconaway often walked. John Greenleaf Whittier mentions Contoocook more than once in his poem The Bridal of Pennacook about the marriage of Passaconaway's daughter.―Dan Mahony


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Dustcover contributed by Jay Dillon: Rare Books + Manuscripts





n Poet Lore, vol. 28, p. 255. Boston: R. Badger, March, 1917.

Contributed by Jay Dillon: Rare Books + Manuscripts



      Dr. Sidis does not limit himself to criticizing the present methods, but shows the way to an enlightened system of education.

      Charles E. Beals, Jr.s parents must have had ideas on education similar to those of Dr. Sidis. Although as a child Beals loved the mountains, his parents never told him that mountains were well enough but would never help him to get ahead in the world and earn his own living, so he kept on marveling at them, then reading about them, and finally writing about them. Now he has given the world Passaconaway in the White Mountains, ($1.50. Badger) a beautifully illustrated volume which will appeal to lovers of nature.

      The books considered before are largely for the people of genius; .



Note from Dan Mahony:  I am sure W. J. Sidis wrote this book because his sister Helena told me he had used the pseudonym Charles E. Beals, Jr. She did not know of this book, however. That alone is sufficient. Yet I removed it from sidis.net after some descendants of Beals insisted it was indeed written by Charles Jr. Then they said it was written by his father, an author.

I have today, September 9, 2015, decided to return this book to the Sidis Archives.


There are also other reasons to believe Sidis is the author. The work's introduction alludes to April Fool's day (Sidis's birthday); a letter from Boris Sidis to William James inquired about obtaining some land in Chocorua, NH where James had a summer home; there are more than 100 footnotes for the Passaconaway chapter, and Sidis later wrote extensively about the Penacooks in The Tribes and the States, and in Peace Paths; Badger published a number of Boris Sidis's books, as well as W. J.'s The Animate and the Inanimate. And are we to believe a high-school student impeccably proofread this book, and yet never published anything before or after?

Many thanks to Jay Dillon for finding the above item in Poet Lore, a Badger publication. - Dan Mahony