By Benson John Lossing
(1813 - 1891)
Fancy and imagination have not the monopoly of romance. Truth justly claims a share, for her pencilings are sometimes as brilliant and wonderful as the wildest ream.
Between the time of its discovery and to-day what marvelous scenes have been witnessed upon the bosom and along the borders of the Hudson River! Their record would fill a hundred volumes, and every incident would be the theme of a romantic story. Almost as wild as a Scandinavian saga, or the later song of the Nibelungen1, is the story of Henry Hudson's fight with the ice-pack on the dark and
The Discovery of the Hudson.
German Mythology. The Nibelungen
were a race of dwarves, who hoarded an immense treasure of gold and jewels.