Page 41 - A Visit with Dave Epstein
ISSUE : Issue 35
Published by Ronald Caplan on 1983/12/1
Left (and Back Coyer): standing, left to right, Perl in (came to Canada in 1914), Dave Epstein, Celia Lubchansky Epstein, Saul Epstein (came in 1910); seated, Bella and Morris Lub? chansky; in front. Max Epstein (1910). In the photo above are Dave's brother Jack (right), his sister Libby. and her husband and children. Dave brought Jack to Canada in 1921. The others in this photo "were killed by Hitler." Then take the boat from North Bay. I went to Neil's Harbour; I spent a few days. From Neil's Harbour I went to Dingwall, and I stayed in Dingwall a couple days. And then from Dingwall I started walking around the Cape, down as far as Sugarloaf. In Sugarloaf there--on a Friday, it was, and it was rain? ing like hell. So I went in where people were living down below, in the valley. So, I asked her if I could stay there. "Sure." So I stayed there from Friday till Tuesday. In order to make myself at home, I started making tzimmis (traditionally cooked carrots, sweet potatoes, short ribs of beef, and prunes, mixed together). A Jewish feast I used to make. They thought it was wonderful. And then I came in another house; a woman was giving birth to a child. I acted as a doctor. I was only 16 years old! I came in another house, a boy had had a paralytic stroke. I tried to cure him with different things, massages a lot. My late mother was very good at home remedies. Medicine is only what's in your mind. 907o of medicine is of the mind. There were about 7 or 8 houses, that's all I used to stay. Probably I repeated that .2 or 3 times in the 7 months, you see. No? body will ever starve in Cape Breton. First thing I used to come in a house, "Did you have breakfast?" Or, "Did you have lunch?" I used to ask, "Can I get a drink of water?" "No"--buttermilk, they used to give me, buttermilk or milk or cream. You know, they were poor people themselves, but they shared. Hospitality galore, this kind of people. Farm to farm, carrying. And I began to learn the language. But I said to myself. Where am I? And I cursed my uncles for sending me down there. And I was debating with myself whether I should commit sui? cide or what. I hated the pack. The first couple of weeks, till I got adopted to it. After that, I didn't mind. But I hated it at first and at last. When they called me "peddler," that was degrading me. "Oh, Mr. Peddler"--that was degrading to me. They saw me coming in with a pack. I used to PROBLEM With Your EXHAUST SYSTEM Or SHOCKS? Visit The Master Muffler Master Muffler 'The Specialist '349 GEORGE ST. DOWNTOWN Ph: 539-6691 Family Planning Resource Team Box 1598, Sydney, Nova Scotia BIP 6R8 Telephone: 539-5158 I Every Child a Wanted ChiJdl Office: 180 Charlotte Street, Sydney INFORMATION * COUNSELLING * REFERRAL Phone (902) 794-7251 Cable BRENNANS Telex 019-35149 Night 6e Holiday 736-8479 794-3178 Brennans Travel Agency 'l58 QUEEN STREET, NORTH SYDNEY STEAMSHIP -- AIRLINE -- RAIL AND HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS (41)
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