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This is an EXACT reproduction of a book published before 1923. This IS NOT an OCR'd book with strange characters, introduced typographical errors, and jumbled words. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing ...
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Phoebe Tilson

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Overview

This is an EXACT reproduction of a book published before 1923. This IS NOT an OCR'd book with strange characters, introduced typographical errors, and jumbled words. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940026374342
  • Publisher: Rand, McNally
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Digitized from 1898 volume
  • File size: 328 KB

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CHAPTER III. There was no village in Byfield. The township was made up of farms, with here and there a shoe- shop, the latter mere appendages of the farms, in which the young farmers made shoes during the winter months, while those with whom shoemak- ing was a trade worked on the farms at off times, and in August took their annual holiday with the salt hay-makers on the marshes in Saxborough. It lies—I like to write of it in the present tense, although the incidents that compose this history lie back in the past—in that flat, sandy portion of the old Bay State known as the Old Colony, and not so very far from the famous rock, which so many regard as the corner-stone of our republic. A wooded region, abounding in oak and white pine, which supplied at that time many a tall mast and sturdy rib and keel for the ships built in a neighboring town. Green, too, with alluvial meadows, and good corn lands, and thriving orchards, watered by a small stream having its rise in Monponsett Pond on its northern border. The farm houses stood near enough to each other for a comfortable sense of neighborhood, and were strung on grass-bordered, winding roads, said to have been the aboriginal paths whenthe Indians held possession, and not as yet cut and straightened out of the line of beauty. Roads along which, although at times the wheels ran heavily in the sands, it was pleasant to drive, looking off on either hand over well-tilled fields, and comfortable though plain homesteads. Here and there a lane, into which a gate opened, led to some house like Phoebe's, a survival from earlier years, when the English settler put up his house in accordance with the traditions of Old England, at adistance from the highway. None of the population were rich, while almost all were well-to-do—in a moder...
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