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Harbor Tales Down North With an Appreciation by Wilfred T. Grenfell, M.D.   By: (1871-1916)

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HARBOR TALES DOWN NORTH

WORKS OF NORMAN DUNCAN

The Soul of the Street The Way of the Sea Doctor Luke of the Labrador The Mother Doctor Grenfell's Parish The Adventures of Billy Topsail The Cruise of the Shining Light Every Man for Himself The Suitable Child Going Down from Jerusalem Higgins: A Man's Christian Billy Topsail and Company The Measure of a Man The Best of a Bad Job Finding His Soul The Bird Store Man Australian By Ways Billy Topsail, M.D. Battles Royal Down North Harbor Tales Down North

[Illustration: (signed) Norman Duncan 1871 1916]

HARBOR TALES DOWN NORTH

by

NORMAN DUNCAN

Author of "Doctor Luke of the Labrador," Etc.

With an Appreciation by Wilfred T. Grenfell, M.D.

Illustrated

New York Chicago Fleming H. Revell Company London and Edinburgh

Copyright, 1918, by Fleming H. Revell Company New York: 158 Fifth Avenue Chicago: 17 North Wabash Ave. London: 21 Paternoster Square Edinburgh: 75 Princes Street

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

APPRECIATION BY WILFRED T. GRENFELL, M.D. 5

I. MADMAN'S LUCK 17

II. THE SIREN OF SCALAWAG RUN 59

III. THE ART OF TERRY LUTE 91

IV. THE DOCTOR OF AFTERNOON ARM 115

V. A CROESUS OF GINGERBREAD COVE 141

VI. A MADONNA OF TINKLE TICKLE 165

VII. THE LITTLE NIPPER O' HIDE AN' SEEK HARBOR 189

VIII. SMALL SAM SMALL 223

IX. AN IDYL OF RICKITY TICKLE 255

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FACING PAGE

Norman Duncan Title

"Well, I'm off, whatever comes of it" 48

"'You're a coward, God help you,' Skipper Tom groaned" 108

"If he comes by the bight he'll never get here at all" 126

"We found Skipper Sammy squatted on a pan of ice" 250

NORMAN DUNCAN

An Appreciation by

WILFRED T. GRENFELL, M.D.

As our thoughts fly back to the days when the writer of these stories was a guest aboard our little hospital vessel, we remember realizing how vast was the gulf which seemed to lie between him and the circumstances of our sea life in the Northland. Nowhere else in the world, perhaps, do the cold facts of life call for a more unrelieved material response. It is said of our people that they are born with a netting needle in their hand and an ax by the side of their cradle. Existence is a daily struggle with adamantine facts and conditions; and quick, practical response, which leaves little encouragement or opportunity for dreamers, is, often enough, the only dividing line between life and death. As I write these lines the greatest physical battle the world has ever seen is being fought. Yet here, as my eyes wander over the great ocean around me, nothing but absolute peace meets my view. But it too has its stormy times and its days when its strength and its mighty depths of possibilities are the most insistent points about it. And this spirit of the deep Norman Duncan seems to have understood as did no other of our visitors.

Our experience of the men from the hubs of existence had led us to regard them all as hardened by a keener struggle than ours, and critical, if not suspicious, of those who were satisfied to endure greater physical toil and discomfort than they for so much smaller material return. In the Labrador even a dog hates to be laughed at, and the merest suspicion of the supercilious makes a gap which it is almost impossible to bridge. But Norman Duncan created no such gap... Continue reading book >>




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