Ninety Years of Shoals.
Boston MA, Star Island Corp, (1971). reprint. VG PB. Being the only one left of the Leighton family I have been urged by the many visitors here every summer. to write what I can remember of my life covering ninety years on those islands. the only merit to my my modest yarn is that its is a true story."clinging to the modest hope that those who may have the courage to read it, will find it in their hearts to forgive."Lobsters were so plent iful tha twe could them crawlinlg on the sand. Ceila seemed quite grown up a t fifteenShe was then doing up her hair. Cedric and I were pretty good in the water, but sister could out-swim us, and could sail a boat with the best os us, often going out alone in "The Lady of Shalott" beating her to windward days were gone and we were hauling up our boats and making things snug for the long and stormy winter ahead. Everyone had a part except Mr . Thaxter, who planned to remain with us. We were fortunate in our friend, Mr. Thaxter; a man of education and refinementand a most delightful companion. Finding that sister was fond of poetry,he encourageder to write bringing her the best works to study. In April of the year 1851, the fiercest northeast storm in a hundred years swept the New England coast. The sea went clear across both valleys of Appledore making it look like three islands. Father Appledore was worried, fearing the hotel would be swept away, Our boats under the piazza were afloat. Seaweed and rocks were washed up to the doors. On the 17th of April Minot's Lodge Light went down and the keepers were drowned. Reprint of the Beacon Pres 1930 edition. Privately reproduced.
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