MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
Fairy Abduction Story
James Maher NFLD 1 Tape 16A Track 4
Flatrock Audio:

I went on then down to, ah, Spaniard's Bay. And l went to a house there, and the story seemed so strange to me that l related the story to an old man and woman who were there. There was only the two of them living in the house. And of course l said l didn't believe it and the woman said, "If you don't believe," she said, "in fairies I'll make you believe in them." 'Well," I said, "you'll have something to do."

"All right," she said, "I'll bring you down to a house tomorrow morning," she said, "And there's a man there that'll prove what I'm going to tell you is true … as true," she said, "as the sun is shining." Then she started to tell me the story.

The people there used to go down on the Labrador fishing in the summertime and there'd be a vessel going down and she'd take down a crowd of passengers, thirty or forty men. And the night before she'd go they'd usually have a dance to one of the houses. So this house … there was a man and his wife and his brother lived in the house. And they had the dance there the night before the vessel was going … she was going the next day. And they had a dance in the house. Twas sometime in the night apparently the brother - the single man - he went to bed. Was sick. Next morning they started to go aboard the vessel and they called the man and his brother and … no, Jack couldn't go he was sick. He'd go though on the next boat. So the brother told him yes he'd better come on the next boat because boats weren't very plentiful. It'd be late to get down if he didn't.

Well he went down to the Labrador and up in the month of August the brother wasn't come. That was in June when he went and he wasn't arrived down in August. So he wrote his wife and asked what was the matter: was he dead? She wrote back and told him no, that he was in bed. And he was able to eat all she could give him but still he was sick. He couldn't get out of bed. Well, he didn't get out of bed till the brother came home in the fall in the month of October. First thing he asked was where's Jack? How is he? Is he dead? Or what about him? "Oh no," she said, "He's in bed yet."

So he ran upstairs and l believe he reddened the shovel in the stove. And he ran up with it and he told him to get out, and he threatened the shovel with him … on him. And he jumped out of the bed and went through the window. And about two hours after his brother came back. "Well," he said, "'tis a wonder ye didn't keep him all the winter. I'm out there," he said, "the whole summer not a stitch of clothes on me." His beard grew down a foot long. They hardly knew him. He said "I'm out there in the woods the whole summer," he said, "and l couldn't get clear of them. l was surrounded, be about 10,000 fairies and l couldn't get away from them," he said, "until that fellow came back. When he came back," he said, "l got clear." He said "l went out that night by the house," he said, "and when l went out there was about 10,000 fairies around the house. They took me," he said, "and they brought me away and they left this fellow behind." He said, "The fellow went up and got in the bed. They left him behind and they took me away," he said, "and I'm out the whole summer. My," he said, "if he hadn't got to drive him out," he said, "I'd be out all the whole winter."

So that's the story, believe it or not.


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