Books [Yankee Fisherman]
“Hello, Lucy! Where you headin'? Oh, going over to the bridge. Well, say Lucy did you hear tell how the Captain made out with the swordfishin'? What's that?
“You don't mean it! Hear that, Archie? Says Capt. George reckons one he got today weighed eight hundred. We'll have to take a look at it later. No, not now. Jest rest a spell. You know what my father used to say, swore it was gospel truth, that every time Lucy Brown came round the landing, there was sure to be a high wind. I've seen him go so fur as to send a boy down the road if 'n he see her comin', to tell her to turn back, give her a dollar if she would go, 'specially if he wanted to set trap at the Old Bull. All the fishermen hated to see Lucy put in to the bridge if they planned on much fishing the next day, cause she was an omen, so my father used to say. Never noticed myself. Those old sailors was full o' omens.
“Is Lucy old? Nigh on to a hundred I guess. She was a slave for the Brown family so you can see how old she must be.
“Yes, there's one more born slave as I know of. She's Bess Wanton, was one of the Wanton family slaves. You know the Wantons was rich my yes; That's the old Gov. Wanton place up the road a piece. Built like a southern mansion. Yes that's the one where the Barkers live now.
“Well, now, son
“No can't get on to any long whalin' yarns tonight, but did I ever tell you about old Gid Fox as used to work for us back along? Well, during the winter when the boats were on dry dock we kept our men busy, knitting up