The Olden Time Series, Vol. 5: Some Strange and Curious Punishments This book was story of a growing popular taste for quaint and curious reminiscences of Ye Olden Time, and to meet this, Mr. Henry M. Brooks has prepared a series of interesting handbooks. The materials have been gleaned chiefly from old newspapers of Boston and Salem, sources not easily accessible, and while not professing to be history, the volumes contain much material for history, so combined and presented as to be both amusing and instructive. The titles of some of the volumes indicate their scope and their promise of entertainment. It has been the good fortune of the writer to be allowed a peep at the manuscript for this series, and he can assure the lovers of the historical and the quaint in literature that something both valuable and pleasant is in store for them. Early in the settlement of New England, as is pretty generally known, some of the laws and punishments were singular enough.