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Page 36 - Mae Wilcox, 98 - Poet from Big Lorraine

Published by Ronald Caplan on 1992/1/1 (449 reads)

perhaps you know what I mean--cutlasses. That was something like a round circle of metal, something like that, and long han? dle on it like that--that was cutlasses. If they had of ventured down, they would have killed them. But they went along about that: they sai' Main-a-Dieu. And the CAPE BRETON conpwTtn TUTOR • General Introduction to Personal Comptrters • Computer Literacy Courses • Children's Classes & Computer Camps • Bedford Accounting • Business Training • Consultations and Solutions Research • Tutorials and Private Training Courses CALL 562-6110 66 Wentworth St. Sydney, N.S. B1P6T4 Thomas MacLeod • Res. 539-2981 Will Naylor • Res. 539-0578 I remember something d that they went to people had put their sheep in the cellar. And they lost a lot of them. There's no? body there in Main-a- Dieu remembers that.... And another story she told me was that the fishermen would go out on the back shore of Louisbourg. And they only had small boats. And one man would stay on the shore and would cook the food. Arid I think it wasn't much that they had, according to story. This day one of them was cook? ing- -must have been, I guess, meal. Any? how, it was mush of some sort. And three naked Indians arrived out, yelling and yelling. So, there MERCER FUELS ?? FURNACE OIL ?? STOVE OIL ?? LUBE OIL ?? KEROSENE ?? AUTOMATIC DELIVERY ?? BUDGET PLANS - SERVICE PLANS Serving SYDNEY, GLACE BAY, NEW WATERFORD and Surrounding Areas 539-7580 24 HOUR EMERGENCY SERVICES 64 BROOKLAND ST. SYDNEY was one of them just there alone. He didn't know what to do, I guess, first. So, he had a dipper. He dipped it into the mush and he threw it over the Indians! And he frightened them, and they left and they went to the woods. That's true, because those stories are what my grandmother told me. It's not something that was made up, 'cause it hap? pened. You know what I mean--it really happened. (Iris; Tell him the story about the ship? wreck.) Oh, I didn't have much to do with many shipwrecks. I didn't live down there too many years in Lorraine. But there was one in particular. The boat, ship, came from Wales with a general cargo. And a storm came on, and I guess she struck on a rock. And got damaged, and landed on the shore. I'm not sure, now, how many men there were--I don't know. I would think it was about 12. But when they came ashore, they went to different places. That was just about the second year I was married, I guess. And we had a house down quite near the shore. And three of them came to our house. They were soaked--dripping, dripping wet. They were from Wales. The ship's name was (sounds like) Estiana. And the captain's name was Pritchard. And they stayed--well, I didn't have enough clothes to fit them all out, but I borrowed some. I got them dry clothes. And they stayed at my house--some more stayed at my father's, and some more stayed at my hus? band's father's. And they stayed there for I think it must have been over two weeks. The government, see, took over for them, and looked after them. And do you know, af? ter they left, there was months that I used to get a letter from a woman in Wales, and her name was Jane Catherine Thomas, thank? ing me for the kindness and help that I was to one of her boys. His name was John Henry Thomas. That was the shipwreck I had--I didn't have any more.... • OPEN Monday to Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. • Country • Bluegrass • Rock • Folk Fiddle and Newfoundland Music Largest Atlantic Region Music selection in Eastern Canada. Tap your toe to Cape Breton & Newfoundland Fiddle, Accordion & Folk Music, & "Down East" Presentations. Write or ask for our list of Newfoundland & Maritime Music. ~ Available by Mail Order ~ 2 miles south of CHETICAMP, on the Cabot Trail iP.O.Box 516, Cheticamp, NS BOE 1H0 • Ph: (902)224-3782
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