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and two hired hands. Capt. John B. and Thomas Harrison of Tilghman towed them down-river with their 44-foot power launch and flags a-flying – one proclaiming the name of the vessel (the Iva) and the other the Stars and Stripes. The Bay was kicking up as they neared the island, but they arrived safely and promptly set up camp in the old hotel. They spent a happy week on Sharp’s Island, fishing and eating and sleeping and enjoying the escape from their hot and dusty offices in Easton. When the watermen returned to tow them back home, they may have been the last party of hotel guests to spend more than a single night on Sharp’s Island. Fortunately, one of them, William Meintzer, was a photographer, and he produced a delightful booklet to commemorate the event. It is called A Vacation Symposium, a copy of which may be seen at the Easton Library. (Also, copies are for sale at fine nautical bookstores everywhere.) Drifting back another ten years or so, to 1895…. I watch with a curious sense of pride as the hotel, brand new, rises from the water, standing near the middle of the island, her paint bright and windows flashing in the morning sun. From the front steps, a path runs through a grassy field to the edge of the land. A stairway leads down to a boardwalk over the marsh, and 147

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