A feature of the eclipse which greatly impressed watchers here who were fortunate enough to observe it, was the crescents of the sun on the ground when the sun shone between the leaves of the trees. Miss Martha A. Hurlbut of Hurlbut-by-the-Sea, Oak Bluffs, describes the phenomenon as follows:
“Although we did not see the total eclipse, we did have the privilege of watching a most interesting and beautiful display of the crescents.
“Under the catalpa trees at one of the homes on the Highlands the family spread a sheet on the ground, as suggested by one of the papers. At 3:25 p.m. the light spots on the sheet were quite circular, that is, the ordinary shadows being seen. Before 4 p.m., as the sun shone between the leaves, a semblance of crescents appeared by 4 definite crescents were scattered all over the sheet, until designs of more than common interest were manifested.
“The neighbors all around gathered to watch this unusual sight. As the shadow of the moon began to leave the sun, the crescents changed completely their position and were just the reverse of the first ones. As the shadows lengthened, these crescents were thrown on the nearby road and extended for a distance of about thirty feet very clearly and distinctly.”