National Geographic : 1962 Mar
outside the last iron gate. As we drove away, she told me why. During my absence she had been chatting with another woman, who had a relative inside the prison. "Waiting for my husband," Mary had explained. "He'll be out soon." "That's nice," the woman beamed. "Paroled for good behavior?" Dunderberg's Goblin Summons Storms Above Ossining sprawls Haverstraw Bay, the broad est and perhaps handsomest of the Hudson's varied reaches. The town of Haverstraw looks down to it on one side and Croton-on-Hudson on the other. Croton Point Park attracts thousands of summertime picnick ers and bathers. We watched pleasure boats furrow its surface, their captains unmindful that they skimmed an enchanted sea. Bold precipices line the western shore, leading up to High Tor and higher Dunderberg Mountain. Between Dunderberg and the peak called Anthonys Nose, the river narrows into a dangerous channel subject to sud den storms - called down, it is said, by a bulbous-bot tomed Dutch goblin who sits atop Dunderberg, shout ing orders through his speaking trumpet to the winds. Only by dropping the peaks of their sails in homage to the goblin could sloop masters hope to pass safely. Why did the Dutch, usually so practical, people the Hudson with monsters, goblins, and ghosts? Probably because, after the flat landscape they had known in Holland, the precipitous mountains, deep gorges, dark forests, and thunderbolts hurtling from peak to peak bred mystery and spurred imagination. KODACHROMESBY WILLARD PRICE - NATIONAL GEOGRAPHICSOCIETY Decks a-swarm, the Hudson Belle and Peter Stuyvesant take sightseers to Bear Mountain State Park. Robert Fulton's Clermont ushered in the age of steam on the Hudson by thrashing from New York to Al bany in 1807 at nearly five miles an hour. In their heyday scores of pad dle-wheelers plied the river. Most passenger travel is now by road, rail, or air, but the Hudson still carries a heavy flow of cargo. Bear Mountain Bridge, a 2,257 foot suspension span, arches 155 feet above the water just upstream of the excursion-boat landing. Happy holiday-goers crowd the Alexander Hamilton. Upper deck offers a superb view of the river.