[Thanks to Linda Smith for transcribing this chapter]

CHAPTER XLIX.

Brant Rock.

   This sketch of Brant Rock I obtained from T. B. Blackman, Esq., one of the earliest permanent residents of the Rock.   I will give it in his own words, as follows:
   "I have known Brant Rock for sixty years.   In those days there was not much to attract people to these shores but the sea fowl in the fall of the year, which then were very abundant.   My father visited Brant Rock even before I knew the place; I could not have been more than six years of age.   He came down gunning, his gun burst in his hands, and his lower arm was blown to pieces, which laid him up for a long time.   It was a great treat in my boyhood days to come to the shore and get lobsters from under the rocks with a gaff hook.   I gathered strawberries from the pastures, which in those day were plenty.
   "I do not remember of any house in early days at Brant Rock proper, westerly of the Rock.   There was a house located up the beach north from what is now called Ocean Bluff; this was known as the Charity House, in which was kept a stove, a little wood and a few matches.   It was provided and equipped by the Massachusetts Humane Society for the mariner when driven upon the beach by storms.
   "In those days the grass growing on this beach was a source of litigation, many thinking they had a right to let their cattle feed upon it, while others thought this grass a strong protection to the beaches and should not be fed.   It hazarded all that property westerly of the beach, and finally an ordinance or law was passed, prohibiting the feeding of the grasses, and in my opinion it was a wise provision and should have continued for all time.   These uplands, to-

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