Callahan, James

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    Introduction
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    Discusses demographics: how first settlers moved around. Speaks of the best farming land on the Island and who owned it.
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    Discusses French and English history in terms of the land and farming areas. Speaks of farming cattle. History of the Irish and French settlement on the island.
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    Talks about lobster traps. Tells a story about a man (Mr. Arsenault) with a broken tractor and poaching. Mixed farming no longer working.
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    General appearances: small house with a big barn meant man was the boss; big painted house with a less impressive barn meant wife was the boss. Story of visiting someone's wife as a tax assessor while husband John was in the fields. She was afraid to tell him anything in case their taxes went up. Cost $800 to run the school for the year and teachers got $300, plus cost of coal to heat the school, so taxes were needed.
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    Discusses his job as a tax assessor- wanted to make sure everyone paid their fair share. Speaks of the unfair tax system. There were no seniors homes so when you aged you'd move your bed downstairs to the parlour. Wasn't always welcome as a tax assessor. People didn't always pay their income tax. Helped that he understood human nature.
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    SIDE A ends