Re: RARA-AVIS: The Op and San Francisco

From: Schooley (
Date: 29 Oct 2001

William Denton wrote:

> "Paget was following some sort of track. I couldn't
> see it, either because he and the Italian [farmer] blotted it out ahead of
> me, or because I'm a shine Indian." I know "shine" is an old disparaging
> term for blacks, but I just can't figure out what it means here.

I'd take it that "shine" is short for "moonshine", meaning he was like a drunken Indian, no good for tracking.


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