Where such natural defences are wanting the village is protected by high palisades and by fighting platforms on trees commanding its approaches.
The position of the village opposite the northernmost end of the Palisades gave it importance during the war.
And lies near the foot of the New Jersey Palisades, which rise both on the W.
The latter had a class of burgher called Pfahlburger, men who lived in the open country outside the Pfahle, or palisades of the town, but who could claim the protection of the municipal authorities.
The phantoms which are seen when we look at two parallel sets of palisades or railings, one behind the other, or look through two parallel sides of a meat-safe formed of perforated zinc. The appearance presented is that of a magnified set of bars or apertures which appear to move rapidly as we slowly walk past.