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An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. "A fight is going on inside me," he said to the boy.

"It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil—he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego." He continued, "The other is good—he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you—and inside every other person, too."

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, "Which wolf will win?"

The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed."

First People - The Legends. Cherokee Legend of Two Wolves. November 16, 2004. [accessed April 7, 2012].

Saturday, January 18, 2014

In from the Cold in Old Upper Marlboro - News from January 18, 1874

Dredgers and Tramps in Marlboro'.
[Special Dispatch to the Baltimore Sun.]

         Upper Marlboro'. Md., Jan. 17. - Since the cold weather set in the Upper Marlboro' jail has been filled each night with tramps who come and apply for food and lodging. A great many of the discharged crews of oyster pungies pass through on their way to Washington.[1] They -apply for food and shelter at the farm-houses, where their pitiful condition excites compassion. Many of them have frost-bitten feet, hands or ears, and appear to have suffered terribly, all of them have harrowing tales of cruelty by their captains to tell.[2]

[1] John Wennersten. 2007. The Oyster Wars of Chesapeake Bay.  p. 99.

"The securely name to pungy boat was a direct descendent of the Virginia pilot schooner and came into use in the oyster industry in the 1840s. Plungies were colorful boats painted in light pink and an bottle green, with large keels and two tall raking masts. In the words of maritime historian Robert Burgess, "In all but superficial details of construction, the pungy was merely a reduced version of a Baltimore clipper." The pungies were strong sailing vessels of 23 to 69 tons and where long favored by oyster dredgers."

[2] Sun, published as The Sun; Date: 01-18-1893; Volume: CXII; Issue: 54; Page: [1]; Location: Baltimore, Maryland.

Transcribed by John Peter Thompson, January 18th 2014.

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