The Scarecrow Rides (1936)   


This is the book that I really want to read, I have only recently learnt of it on Ebay, and lost out to the final buyer in the last few seconds ! still there will be other copies coming up over the years, Interesting thing about this book is all the extra chapters, why was this book not the popular pressing ? anyone know ?  

Now I have the book I have typed out the initial PREFACE. I am no typst so apologie sin advance for any howling errors ! mind
you how would you know ??? I guess from Reading the Preface the marsh hasnt changed much since 1935, or I guess just before when this was written.


In Which the Visitor Puts back the Clock and Listens In Beneath the Rookery

Anyone visiting that thriving holiday resort of Dymchurch Sands to-day would be hard put to it to recognise the obscure village that it was in the days of Dr Syn. However, if you will take the trouble , the mental trouble only, which will not disturb the peace, obliterate the bungalows which spring up like mushrooms in the fertile Romney Marsh, remove the obsolete wheel-less railway carriages which give camping shelter to so many happy families during the season, and pack up the enterprising little railroad whose express engines scream their way with such import across the Marsh, although one of them bears the name of Doctor Syn. Having done all this, you must then mentally demolish the telegraph posts, loud speakers, electric lights and telephones, motor caravans, aeroplanes, 'buses and the 'Bus station. Then, down in your imagination with the teashops innumerable, leaving only those houses of call that are licensed to sell Beers, Wines, Sprits and Tobacco. Ruthlessly use a spiritual pickaxe upon every building that is not fashioned of mellow Queen Anne brick, Kentish rag and ships's timber. Rip off all the concertina lines of corrugated iron and labouriously hang red tiles in its stead. Work your thoughts , and without asking permissions from the Eccleasiastical Commissioners, knock down the modern rectory and restore the white-washed, rambling parsonage with its red-tiles roof, and in order not to tread upon the corns of sainted rectors dead and gone, re-christen it The Vicarage. Having donw all this, sit down and rest upon the mounting-block at the road entrance of Sycamore Gardens, which you have now transformed into a rough meadow, a farmstead and barn behind your back, and let your eyes survey the old chaurch and the Tudor building of New Hall, then as now, the Court House of Dymchurch and headquarters of the Lord of the Level. One thing more is left for this our thoughtful restoration. since you have hypnotised yourself back into a period with Trafalgar yet unfought, and Pitts' Martello Towers not erected, you must replace the stately Memorial of the War in our time with the grim symbol of Justice which preceded it upon that very site - a gaunt and creaking gallows, and you may tell yourself that the skeleton which swings there in the sea breeze was in its living flesh a sheep stealer; a crime unspeakable and unpardonable in the summing-up of Dymchurch magistrates.

Now listen to the swaying rookery above your head, for these black-feathered carrion have inherited their lofty homes from ancestors who actually picked the flesh from the bones upon the gibbet, saw the black coated figure of Doctor Syn and heard his reasonant voice exhorting the congregation from the top deack of the great pulpit in the little church beneath them. Any you can hear his story also from the gulls, for every day he would walk along the sea wall, having discarded his clasped Bible for a brass telescope, and as the salt tang filled his lungs he would change his tune from the hymes to capstan songs, especially one old shanty that he was for ever singing when his mind floated ff across the ocean wastes:

"Oh, here's to the fee that have walked the plank-
Yo ho! for the dead mans throttle
And here's to the corpses afloat in the tank
And the dead man's teeth in the bottle."

But never mind the screaming of the gulls as you sit beneath the rookery, for those birds are going to retell the story as their ancestors haved cawed it down to them, repeating it caw for caw to the adventure loving children and recapturing like you the good old days of smuggling. They are beginneing with the wreck of the good ship City-of London that was driven ashore in Dymchurch Bay and , as you will hear, heralded with fire, with thunder, lightning and mountainous waves , Doctor Syn's remarkable and uncanny return to Dymchurch-under-the Wall.

Caw, Caw, CAW - which is being interpreted -


Hmm, does sound as though from 1935 to today Dymchurch at least is prety similar ! not sure about the previous 200 years though.



Title of item: THE SCARECROW RIDES Rare Dr Syn by ThorndYke


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Item Description:

There is very little bibliographic or critical information available on Russell Thorndike, even less so on this rare item here placed for bid. What follows is only to the best of my knowledge. In 1935 DOCTOR SYN RETURNS was published in London by Rich & Cowan, Ltd. (this came to be the second installment in the official saga of Christopher Syn - the basis for Walt Disney's THE SCARECROW OF ROMNEY MARSH and DR, SYN ALIAS THE SCARECROW). For sale here would seem to be the first American edition of DR. SYN RETURNS, except that it is nearly twice as long. The non-RETURNS material seems to be new and exclusive to this edition, and never since reprinted. The book is THE SCARECROW RIDES published in New York in 1935 by Dial Press, 344 pages. Condition is very good, with no dustjacket. The Dial Press logo is embossed on the front cover, along with some apparent traces of glue, which I'm assuming once held on part or all of the dustjacket. I have not attempted to clean it. Inside is written, "Bung.#187" with the name, Capt. M.V. (?) James. Oddly, Thorndike is spelled "Thorndyke," an error that occurred only on the first edition of the author's first book, DOCTOR SYN, in 1915. Following, I have listed the book's 40 chapter titles. The 17 chapter titles that also appear in DR. SYN RETURNS I have placed in parentheses with their chapter number from that book. Preface: In Which the Visitor to Dymchurch Puts Back the Clock and Listens Beneath the Rookery. Chapter 1: Why Two Sour-Faced Men Braved the Storm. 2: Meg Fears for Her Husband. 3: (The Wreck of the Brig on Dymchurch Wall [1]). 4: The Wooden Devil. 5: The Death of the Sea-Captain. 6: The Survivor Takes the Whip-Hand. 7: The Sea-Chest. 8: (Doctor Syn Returns [2]). 9: Doctor Syn Takes Leave of Himself. 10: Doctor Syn Makes Preparations. 11: The New Doctor Syn Appears in Breakfast. 12:Doctor Syn Occupies the Pulpit. 13: Doctor Syn Delivers an Ultimatum. 14: Mr. Merry Confronts Three Merry Blades. 15: Meg's Tavern Becomes "The City of London." 16: Doctor Syn Sees Danger in Charlotte Cobtree. 17: (Mr. Mipps Appears [3]). 18: The Housekeeper Objects. 19: Doctor Syn and Mr. Mipps. 20: (The Death of the Riding Officer [4]). 21: Grinsley Posted for Murder. 22: (The Secret of the Figure-Head [5]). 23: The Open Stable Doors. 24: (Doctor Syn's Midnight Visitor [6]) . 25: A Deal With Silas Pettigrand. 26: A Witch Deals with the Devil. 27: (The Scarecrow Rider [7]). 28: Doctor Syn Toasts the Demon Rider. 29: Charlottes' Birthday. 30: (Doctor Syn in Danger [8]). 31: Doctor Syn Shows Fight. 32: (Charlotte Names Her Three Heroes [9]). 33: (The Grievance of Mr. Jimmie Bone [10]). 34: (The Red-Bearded Bridegroom [11]). 35: (The Beacon on Aldington Knoll [12]). 36: ("Death to the Scarecrow" [13]). 37: ("Death to the Scarecrow" (Continued) [14]). 38: (The Crawling Death [15]). 39: (Syn's Salvation [16]). 40: (The Hanging of Captain Clegg [17]). Satisfaction is guaranteed: