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Quotation by for the State of Massachusetts
The only thing that was dispensed free to the old New Bedford whalemen was a Bible. A well-known owner of one of that city's whaling fleets once described the Bible as the best cheap investment a shipowner could make.
For the State of Massachusetts, U.S. public relief program (1935-1943). Massachusetts: A Guide to Its Places and People (The WPA Guide to Massachusetts), p. 66, in "Labor," Houghton Mifflin (1937).
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