But children were not the only ones who knew of Miss Mabe’s abilities. It was customary for fishermen in the area to slow their boat as they passed her pier to donate a fish or two from their day’s haul. Miss Mabe, who was unable to catch her own, was always appreciative of the gesture and would call out a special blessing on the men and their boats. However, on days when the fishermen were too preoccupied to share, Miss Mabe could be seen walking circles around her old cabin, holding a torch and mumbling incantations. Inevitably, the wind would begin to blow from the northeast, making it impossible for a successful next day of fishing. Realizing their blunder, fishermen would do all they could to remedy their relationship with Miss Mabe, promising to never forget the poor widow in the woods. Miss Mabe would not let on that she could give anything in return but expressed gratitude for their thoughtfulness. But without fail, the wind would always shift, giving way to flourishing days of fishing. So, if you are ever out fishing in the sound and pass by an old cabin surrounded by black cats, leave a fish. You never know who might be counting on that day’s catch!