- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 27, 2003

The way we heard it, not long ago a fisherman from Pennsylvania spent the night at the Harrison's Chesapeake House on Tilghman Island, fished and ate sumptuous food, but then refused to pay his entire bill. After leaving a portion of it on the checkout counter, the man jumped into his car and headed down the hotel's driveway (consisting of crushed oyster shells, of course) to leave this storied Eastern Shore isle.
Unperturbed, Levin "Buddy" Harrison, the patriarch of a charter fishing, hotel and restaurant complex that has thrived since 1895, picked up the phone and called the tender at the drawbridge that crosses the Knapp's Narrows. You can't leave the island by automobile without using the bridge.
"The span went up instantly when I told the bridge tender what had happened," said Harrison, a twinkle in his eyes. "Yeah, that fellow paid up instantly. It was that or spend the night in the pokey and then go visit a judge who probably wouldn't think kindly of a visitor who thought he could get away without paying his bill."
Then there was a recently concluded goose hunting season, and Grandpa Harrison was sitting around with some friends, sipping a drink and recounting how he had one of the best goose hunting days ever. "Those geese wouldn't stop decoying," he told his pals. "They'd come in, and I'd shoot. I think I had six or seven before it was over."
Well, everybody in these parts knows that only one goose per day is permitted. Suddenly, a hand tapped Harrison on the shoulder and the Tilghman Island legend looked at a federal game warden's badge. The Fish & Wildlife Service man told Harrison he needed his name and address pronto.
The old fishing captain stood up and said, "My name is Levin F. Harrison. I live on Tilghman Island, and I'm the biggest liar on the Eastern Shore." Amid loud laughter, the rest of the gang vigorously nodded in agreement. The federal man eventually left, wondering whether he'd been had, or if the Tilghman Islander might have told the truth. But you need more evidence than somebody having fun in a bar room.
Gene Mueller

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