Pawtuxet
River
Pawtuxet
River
VILLAGE OF PAWTUXET
Pawtuxet Neck
rocky terrace falls
rustic bridge to Pawtuxet Road
landlocked cove

"Something was rumoured, however, at the village of Pawtuxet about a mile below [[the Curwen Farm / Charles Ward's Bungalow]], where the river flows in falls over a rocky terrace to join the placed landlocked cove. There, where quaint old cottages climbed the hill from the rustic bridge, and fishing-smacks lay anchored at their sleepy docks, a vague report went round of things that were floating down the river and flashing into sight for a minute as they went over the falls. Of course the Pawtuxet in a long river which winds through many settled regions abounding in graveyards, and of course the spring rains had been very heavy; but the fisherfolk about the bridge did not like the wild way that one of the things stared as it shot down to the still waters below, or the way that another half cried out although its condition had greatly departed from that of objects which normally cried out."

Five minutes later a chill wind blew up, and the air became suffused with an intolerable stench that only the strong freshness of the sea could have prevented its being notice by the shore party or by any wakeful souls in the Pawtuxet village. This stench was nothing which any of the Fenners had ever encountered before, and produced a kind of clutching, amorphous fear beyond that of the tomb or the charnel-house. Close upon it came the awful voice which no hapless hearer will ever be able to forget."

"Charles Ward had one detail to add as a result of a long canvass of Pawtuxet residents for ancestral traditions. Old Charles Slocum of that village said that there was known to his grandfather a queer rumour concerning a charred, distorted body found in the fields a week after the death of Joseph Curwen was announced. What kept the talk alive was the notion that this body, so far as could be seen in its burnt and twisted condition, was neither thoroughly human nor wholly allied to any animal which Pawtuxet folk had ever seen or read about."

"Residents of Pawtuxet were aroused about 3 a.m. today by a phenomenal baying of dogs which seemed to centre near the river just north of Rhodes-on-the-Pawtuxet."

"...the suburban districts across the Cranston line near Pawtuxet."

"...the radius of that plague seemed now confined wholly to Pawtuxet and the adjacent streets of Edgewood."

"The ride through the city's decaying fringe was short, and trim Edgewood and sleepy Pawtuxet presently spread out ahead."

"...it was neither thoroughly human, nor wholly allied to any animal which Pawtuxet folk had ever seen or read about." -- The Case of Charles Dexter Ward