Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription SAM JONES THE BIG. 23
echoed far and wide, from the heights of Weehawken to the breakers of Barnegat. The feeling of each Jerseyan was that of the North Carolinian from Tar river, on his way to Texas, when he heard of Santa Anna's invasion of the single star republic. They flourished their plover-guns, where the son of the old North State flourished his rifle, preparing, like him, to assert
their rights, in nubibus. Well might the oyster family become
proud of the excitement occasioned by the contemplated invasion of their abodes. The banner of lust and avarice, carried by the Gothamites, was borne forward with sufficient audacity to show the estimated value of the prize."
Here our captain put in with a fragment of one of the ballads made on the occasion :
" It was Sam Jones, the fisherman, so famed at Sandy Hook, That, rising proudly in the midst, the oyster-banner took, And waved it o'er the host, until, convulsed in every joint, They swore with him a mighty oath to capture Oyster Point: Such luscious pictures as he drew of treasures hoarded there, Such prospects of the future stew, the broil and fry to share, No Greek or Roman, Turk or Goth, with such an eager scent, By such a fierce marauder led, to raid or slaughter went. All glory to Sam Jones the Big�a mighty man was he ;
And when he next goes forth to fight, may I be there to see."
Bravo, captain ! you are as good as a chronicler. Let us have the rest."
That is all I recollect of the ballad ; but, had I known your wishes in season, we might have got it all out of the pilot. He was in the war, and was one of. the wounded�taken with the fine edge of an oyster-shell on the left nostril, where he carries the proof of his valor to this day in a monstrous scar. The only further curious. fact I know, in the history, is that the said scar always opens afresh in the ' R' months, � the oyster-season."
The curious fact thus stated led to some discussion of the occult subject of moral and physical affinities, in which we wandered off to the philosophies of Sir Kenelm Digby and Hahnem ann. From these we concluded that there is a latent truth in the vulgar proverb which asserts the hair of the dog to be good for the bite" a proverb which we hold .to be the true source of homeopathy. The practical inference from the discussion