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To Farmer's Wives

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During a summer tour araong tho .New England mountains, Col. Higginson caine aorosa two types of farmer' wives. The ihougbt imprwiicd by the meeting was, that " home " mcant touch in their pa tient, silent live, which are seldoui broken ty a holiday. He wrote to the Woman'i Journal wh:it be naw : Walking by a comfortable faim-housp the other day, l was attracted by a remarle ably fine lily, of a species new to me, wliic! grew in a wooden urn on the doorstep. On closer mpeetioo it provecí o beauti fu! that my ooapUMOB and I made bild to ring at the door and ask tor i'urtlier intbr mation. We were at cordially greeted by i oheery wotuan of iuiddle age, who receivet with delight our pnim of tlie lily, .showe pa a frcnitiiiim and fuch.sia which rivaled i in her aSeotioos, and insisted on our goioj into her old-fasbioned parlor, where a niagnifieent, ivy Hu-rally eucircled the four sides of the room from a bingle root in tlie corner. She had come to us frotu the wash-tub but abe l'Miked perfectly neat, and was a reiidy to talk as we to lUten. She had lived all her life in the house where we saw her ; it had beun occupiei by thrce gunerations oTher owd fiuily be fore her; relins il thtir old faabioDed fur niture were theto, stoutly retained agains the blan üehmeotD (f furniturehuaters Meh a ourselve. K.specially curioun wan a quaiut oíd minor, with heavy gilt frame atul ao odd liulc olook at the top. , " - ¦ ,"l t"fM bad been oiarried, hèto íliií had borne su ',.m..., .-ml o whom had die3 ; had lived for a vea or two in Boston, "hab of the uoiverse,' but ,she liked tln old homeatead l'tter. She did all lier own work - the ehildren at boiM bwu still young - and the apolo gized profusely for the untidy appearanee of a room in which we eould nowhere de tect a speek of dust. In her uunners anJ laoytute she would have appeared to ad vantage anywhere. 8he lived, to+e sure, neir the village but I ara constintly receiving the baiue sort of impressioD from the wonen whom one uieet.s at the doors of lonely houses ('ar up on the nmuntain side. Hiiving a loog distance, one day, in search of a lost spy-glass, I waa directed a last up a by-road leadiog from a by-road, and ending at length in a solitary mountain gorge, tbeie was but a single house. I could not imagine what brought a set tier there, until I noted a fine "sugar orchard" of maple trees, the tinest to be seen in that whole región. On my knocking at the farm houso door it was oponed by an old lady - I use tbx term advisedly - so neat, so kind, so agree able in expresión and manners, that a eity -vi-,i(or would have feit justified in en gaging a month's board at onoo, on the face of appearancee only. For twenty five years she had lived up in that lonely glen, going out of t only to attend "meeting" on Sunday, or to inake rare purcliases ia the little village store. SUe ülU not seeui 10 tiuve thoughtofit as distant or solitary uutil all of her ehildren had left the farm to seek their fortunes elsewhere ; but now she coufessed to a wish to leave it, not because it was in itfelf lontly, but because it was far from thera. Consequently she now hoped that "he" would buya farm nearerto other folk s.


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