Letter: Two sides to the story
Re ‘Hannah Duston plan gets pushback” (Monitor front page, Oct. 28):
Hannah Dustin was a Webster on her mother’s side. At a Webster family reunion in the late 1990s in Newbury, Vt., I heard this account:
A Webster/Hannah Dustin descendent, Dorothy, was watching a parade in central Florida. She sat on the curb in the shade of some trees. A Native American contingent in the parade came along, and a woman stepped out of the group and sat with Dorothy in the shade.
“I’m not really from here. I mind the heat,” she said. “I’m from New England.”
“I’m really from New England, too,” Dorothy said.
When the woman said, “I’m Abenaki,” Dorothy said, “Oh, my ancestor, Hannah Dustin, is famous for escaping Abenakis in New Hampshire.”
The woman said, “My ancestor was scalped by Hannah Dustin!”
These two women became friends over their common, long-ago, gory history. We hardly stop to think that the story has two sides, as most stories do.
LYNN WEBSTER RUDMIN CHONG