A B Davis High School - Maroon and White Yearbook (Mount Vernon, NY)

 - Class of 1939

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A B Davis High School - Maroon and White Yearbook (Mount Vernon, NY) online yearbook collection, 1939 Edition, Page 129
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People Are Queer I am The soul oT a man. Perhaps you see me someTimes, as I darT ouT Trom behind The opaque specTacles OT my owner. You may noT realize iT, buT ThaT hungry gleam which shows iTselT Tor buT a brieT momenT is The resulT OT my TranTic eTTorTs To escape. The oTher day we were walking down The sTreeT, and l heard a liTTTe boy say To his moTher in a childish Treble, "MoTher, ThaT man iooks so queer!" ThaT Ii+Tle boy sTarTed me Thinking, and TonighT while my owner was sleeping, l escaped To a nearby sTar Through The open window. The child was only expressing his honesT opinion, buT I wonder if iT would have made any diTTerence To him iT he had known my masTer. l-le was born in a liTTle Scandinavian village in The midsT oT Tolk who earned a meager living as Tishermen. There was never very much money To go around: a neT Tor Tishing had To be replaced: or OiaT, his TaTher, needed a new pair oT booTs. EnTerTainmenT? l-Te scarcely knew The word. l-Tis greaTesT pleasure was To be Taken ouT wiTh The men in The large Tishing boaTs wiTh The saiT spray dashing over The side and The clean Tangy breeze Tugging aT his hair. And so he grew up To be a Tall, blond young man wiTh an inborn iove OT The sea in his blood and The inheriTed Tearlessness oT men who have had To baTTle The eTemenTs Tor cenTuries. BuT hard Times came To ThaT liTTie village. One year The Tishing was poor: anoTher season sTorms wrecked Their boaTs and Tore away Their overloaded neTs. Things grew worse, and one day OiaT suggesTed To his son ThaT he seek his TorTune in anoTher land. Several weeks TaTer The young boy waved goodbye To his loved ones on The shore. T-le was OTT To America, The promised land! New York TrighTened him aT TirsT. The buildings seemed so Tall, The sTreeTs were Tilled wiTh iosTling men and women, The language was sTrange, The people unfriendly To This boy used To The easy TamiliariTy oT a small village. BuT Viking blood was noT in him Tor naughT: he soon Tound a room To sieep in, made Triends, and became a sTevedore on The wharves near To his beloved sea. There was noT much Time Tor homesickness here: buT as he walked home Through The dark sTreeTs and smelied The ciear air, a nosTalgic memory would fill him wiTh a desire To reTurn To his village in Scandinavia. However, he had been in New York only a Tew monThs, when he received The news oT his parenTs' deaTh. He was alone in This sTrange new worid. Luck had been his porTion Tor a Time: buT one day he became embroiled in a dock TighT, and a chance blow senT him crashing down a Tlighf of sTairs. The hospiTal inTerne who sTood by his bed, when he regained his senses, inTormed him ThaT he had suTTered a compound TracTure oT The hip. When my masTer leTT The hospiTal, he knew he could seek acTive employmenT no longer: he was a cripple. As I siT here on This sTar, T look down aT my masTer sleeping TiTTuily in his narrow bed. AT Times his Tace conTorTs and his hands seem To reach ouT Tor someThing. ThaT liTTle boy walking down The sTreeT oT a dusTy, midwesTern Town would noT undersTand, buT his moTher who all her liTe has longed Tor The Teel oT a cool sea-breeze on her Tace would undersTand. A Viking lad, now an old cripple dereiicT and a Tarmer's wiTe-reachf ing Tor someThing? Courtney Groeschel The Storm An angry cloud STamps down The TrighTened sky. Lol IT is raining. Elizabeth Gips 0 I25 9

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