Sand Island Light Station, September 25, 1899
NE gale & Cloudy cold Devil Island Light visible
Keepers’ wife is still unable to do any work. Keeper shot the hawk that caught the Ruster. Keeper Slacked lime and went to E Bay & got his row Boat. Keeper shot a hare. The first of the season.
Okay, backtracking a little bit. Two days ago, Emmanuel Luick reported that Ella was not feeling well after his return from five days in town. Now we see she’s still not productive- what is the matter with this woman?
Meanwhile, yesterday we learned that the Keeper “lost his larg ruster by a hawk.” This was not the first hostile encounter Luick recorded with a hawk, nor would it be the last. In fact, there seems a distinct Donald-Duck-vs-the-chipmunks dynamic to his continuing battle with marauding raptors. After a while, you can imagine him jumping up and down and squawking unintelligibly at the sight of a broad wingspan.
Emmanuel Luick with dead hawk, undated