Field And Hedgerow By Richard Jefferies

 -  The labourers, greatly incensed - for they
regarded threshing by the flail as their right - tried to burn them, but
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The Labourers, Greatly Incensed - For They Regarded Threshing By The Flail As Their Right - Tried To Burn Them, But The Structures Were Guarded And Still Exist.

Under the modern conditions of farming they are still found useful to cut chaff, crack corn, and so on.

The ancient sickle is yet in use for reaping in Somerset; the reapers sharpen it by drawing the edge through an apple, when the acid bites and cleans the steel. While we were sauntering through a village one morning, out rushed the boys from school, and instantly their tongues began to wag of those things on which their hearts were set. 'I know a jay's nest, said one; 'I know an owl's nest,' cried a second; a third hastened to claim knowledge of a pigeon's nest. It will be long before education drives the natural love of the woods out of the children's hearts. Of old time a village school used to be held in an ancient building, the lower part of which was occupied as almshouses. Underneath the ancient folk lived as best they might, while the young folk learned and gave their class responses, or romped on the floor overhead. The upper part of the building belonged to one owner, the lower part to another landlord. It came about that the roof decayed and the upper owner suggested to the lower owner that they should agree in bearing the cost of repairs. Upon which the owner of the basement remarked that he contemplated - pulling his part down.

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