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noticing those fishing boats coming in through the channel.”
“Well,” said the Doctor, “Massachusetts owes a great deal to fish. The codfish has always been especially important in our state. In colonial days a wooden codfish was our emblem, just as a flour barrel was the emblem of New York. And you know that, to-day, the historic codfish hangs in Representatives' Hall in the State House, Boston.” “Yes," said Uncle Jack, “the codfish has brought much wealth to your state. But it has cost the lives of thousands of your men.
” “There is no doubt of that,” replied the Doctor. “Gloucester, our most prosperous fishing port, has many a sorrowing home.”
“I can well believe it,” said Uncle Jack. “I remember once when my ship was in Gloucester harbor, I went ashore to attend the memorial service for those who had been drowned during the year while off on fishing trips. It made a deep impression on me. At its conclusion, I remember, the minister recited Kingsley's poem:”
THE THREE FISHERS. Three fishers went sailing out into the west,
Out into the west when the sun went down; Each thought of the woman who loved him the best, And the children stood watching them out of the
town; For men must work, and women must weep; And there's little to earn, and many to keep,
Though the harbor bar be moaning.
Three wives sat up in the lighthouse tower,
And trimmed the lamps as the sun went down; And they looked at the squall, and they looked at the
shower, And the night-rack came rolling up, ragged and brown;
But men must work, and women must weep,
And the harbor bar be moaning.
Three corpses lay out on the shining sands
In the morning gleam as the tide went down,
For those who will never come back to the town;
- Charles Kingsley
“Yes,” said Doctor Worth as he rose to take leave, “the fisherman's life is a hard life at best.”
TO THE PUPIL:
1. Compare the following adjectives: Positive
Comparative shallow keen strong good
big prosperous deep
2. Study the models on page 430. Write two sentences of the b type, and two of the c type.
3. Memorize the first stanza of "Three Fishers."
TO THE TEACHER:
The first exercise is to be corrected from your Bb. work. The second should be collected, corrected, and returned.
Test the pupils' knowledge of the memory gem.
About ten o'clock the next morning, a telegram was received from Father, reading as follows: “Meet us to-morrow at Provincetown. Leave there day after to-morrow for Boston.”
Immediately after reading it, Uncle Jack said, “Ben, please telephone the Doctor at once that we leave to-morrow morning, and ask him if he won't have luncheon with us to-day.
“All right, Uncle Jack,” said Ben, going into the telephone booth.
Ben: Hello, Central! Give me two-nought.
Ben: Yes, it's I, and I am telephoning from the hotel.
Ben: Uncle Jack wishes me to tell you that should be pleased to have you lunch with us to-day, Doctor.