ISBN-10: 1296839915

ISBN-13: 9781296839918

ISBN-10: 1376226952

ISBN-13: 9781376226959

This booklet used to be released in 1914.

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On a bluff overlooking the valley of 1 of
Western Virginia's mountain streams stands to-
day, because it has stood for 100 years, a sq.
stone condo. whilst first erected, it served extra
than as soon as as a shelter from the Indians who, in
friendly in addition to adversarial temper, infested the re-
gion ; and notwithstanding the marks of the fray can nonetheless
be traced, so securely was once it shaped, this
sturdy constitution, that the redskins deserted
the struggle, for the roof was once of tiling introduced from
England and again and again refused to take fireplace
from the burning arrows solid for the aim,
and the door and window facings have been of iron-
like oak which declined to betray the struggling with
men, girls and kids whom it secure.
Built by way of the unique Fielding — "Ole Mas'
Henry," the negroes referred to as him — whilst the
broad acres of efficient river backside and fer-
tile hillsides, so far as the attention may possibly succeed in on
both aspects of the river, have been his, surrounded through
a huge woodland of oak timber (remains of the orig-
inal progress of bushes) and one colossal shell-
bark hickory, it used to be a pleasant retreat to these
who trendy Nature and her methods. The huge
graveled stroll which prolonged throughout the garden
was bordered by way of cedars planted by means of this comparable
Fielding, whose love for the woods and wild existence
left its provoke on all his possessions.

Across the line under the good home is the
long line of white-washed negro quarters. those
are now quick falling into decay ; just one, "Mam*
Phyllis'," cabin is occupied, and that no longer via
"Mam' Phyllis" nor her daughter Lucretia, for
the hand which in slavery days twined the hop
vines over the thatch and educated the hardy stream-
ers to bloom within the small dooryard, has moul-
dered for lots of a 12 months in an commemorated grave on
the hillside, and Lucretia is a hard-working
grandmother in nation.

Mose and Lucy, too, are long gone. This invaluable
couple occupied the cabin subsequent to "Mam* Phyl-
lis." Lucy's mattress was once a wonder to all who observed it
— made from goose feathers and plumped to an
amazing extension — who might yet ask yourself, on
beholding it, that the occupant didn't smother
in its include. outfitted with a wealth of many-
hued quilts of wondrous designs and luxury-
ables adequate for 2 such locations of repose, and
last of all a coverlid of blue-and-white development,
woven through the tireless hands of the industrious
negress, from the wool clipped from the flock of
sheep that dotted the mountainside, carded by way of
her busy playing cards, then dyed, spun, and woven by means of
the related decided hand which stored every little thing
spick and span fresh in her loved domestic.

This outstanding mattress was once piled upon a mahog-
any bedstead. She may have advised you with
shining eyes that her mistress gave it to her while
she first went to housework. All this luxurious
was surmounted via giant pillows in crudely
decorated situations. the total room used to be supplied
with cast-off issues from the nice apartment, each one
carefully repaired and guarded via its appre-
ciative owners.

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