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Scientific Agriculture

Scientific Agriculture

There is a revealing story about one of the combination farmer-merchant-bankers of Western North Carolina.  A book agent came to sell him a set of books on scientific agriculture.  The old man thumbed through them. “No, I don’t want ‘em.” “You ought to buy these...

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Travelers in Eden-Land

Travelers in Eden-Land

As a storied region, celebrated in history and romance, the South has never lacked inspiration or material for storytelling.  Ever since the first voyagers touched on its shores, the Eden-land of the South has been an Eden-land of the imagination, rich not only in...

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Chaucer’s English

Chaucer’s English

The highlander often speak in Elizabethan or Chaucerian or even pre-Charcerian terms.  His pronoun hit antedates English itself, being the Anglo-Saxon neuter of he.  Ey God, a favorite expletive, is the original of egad, and goes back of Chaucer.  Ax for ask and kag...

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Soundings

Soundings

When it is necessary to know the depth of the water at any point in the river, the test or sounding is made by dropping a 33 foot rope, to the end of which is fastened a pipe filled with lead.  The pipe is about one and a half inches in diameter and twelve inches in...

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The Hounds and The Law

The Hounds and The Law

The fox had his eye on a turkey perched in a treetop.  “Hey, Brer Turkey,” called the Brer Fox, “is you heard about the new law? – Foxes can’t eat no more turkeys, and hounds can’t chase foxes.  Come on down and we’ll talk about it.”  “Nothin’ doing,” said Brer...

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Darling Cory

Darling Cory

Considerable study remains to be done on the white “blues” of the hills, of which “Darling Cory” is an excellent example.  This song is as mountain as hog and hominy or po’k and possum.  It might have been inspired by a boy riding down the creek on a mule after he had...

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The Miller and The Devil

The Miller and The Devil

Once there was a miller who could “toll ‘em heavy” or “toll ‘em light” as he ground corn for rich farmers, ordinary farmers, and farmers who made barely enough to eat.  As he ground the corn, the miller always carried on a conversation with the devil, who stood behind...

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Reconteurs in Homespun

Reconteurs in Homespun

As the South has never lacked story materials, so it has never lacked storytellers, audiences and occasions for storytelling.  On farmhouse and country store porches, in the parlor and the nursery, at religious and political gathers, on courthouse steps and benches,...

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Corn Liquor

Corn Liquor

Corn liquor is the most maligned stimulant in America.  It is the purest whisky in the world.  The only difference between bourbon and corn is that bourbon is the parlor name for corn! There is a story of a local boy who once made some good corn and buried it in...

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