By Casey Sherman
The actual tale of a dangerous feud in New England's north state.
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The Old Man's unforgiving profile was both a welcome and a warning to those seeking freedom and adventure here in the North Country. Daniel Webster made note of this in one of his most famous oratories. “Men hang out their signs indicative of their respective trades,” Webster wrote. “Shoe makers hang out a gigantic shoe, jewelers a Monster watch, and the dentist hangs out a gold tooth; but up in the Mountains of New Hampshire, God Almighty has hung out a sign to show that there He makes men” (in Mudge, Old Man's Reader).
Unlike the outgoing, sometimes fiery Liko, Caleb was both quiet and shy with timid, fawnlike eyes that complimented his dark features. “I love my job,” he would tell investigators later. “I'm in greenhouses all day; I get to think about stuff. ” Caleb was the timid puppy to Liko's alpha dog. Their personalities were poles apart, but that may also have been the secret to their lifelong friendship. Caleb was planning to follow his pal out west to Oregon, if he could only keep Liko out of trouble long enough to make the trip.
Caleb had been staying with Liko while his parents were out of town, but so far it had been no bachelor's paradise. It had been a long twenty-four hours for the two young men; much of the previous evening had been spent chasing down several of Liko's pet hens and roosters after the birds had escaped from their pen during a thunderstorm. That night ended with their enjoying a couple of beers on the couch, watching The Simpsons before passing out from exhaustion. This night would be different. Liko and Caleb would get their second wind and make the most of it.
Bad Blood. Freedom and Death in the White Mountains by Casey Sherman