In Great Waters

By Jeremiah DiggesMACMILLAN
MR. DIGGES, after several years on Cape Cod, one year on Cape Ann, and some cruises to the Banks, undertakes in this short book to do for the Portuguese fishermen of New England something like what Mr. James B. Connolly has done in a succession of volumes for the Yankee fishermen of Gloucester. With more emphasis, proportionately, on the miseries and dangers of the life than we find in Mr. Connolly’s pages, he nevertheless gives us no single episode of stark endurance quite so heart-warming as the Gloucester writer’s classic narrative of Howard Blackburn. The material of Mr. Digges’s sixteen chapters is, however, abundantly worth preserving, some of it as history, some as folklore, and all as the composite portrait of a lovable, valiant people committed by an innate talent to a precarious and highly specialized way of life. W. F.