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Tuesday, August 30, 1904.'
THE PROGRESSIVE FARMER
OUR SOCIAL CHAT
All letter intended for this department
should be addressed to "Aunt Jennie." care
of The Progressive Farmer, Raleigh, N. c.
Another Prize.
Another prize is now offered to
readers of Social Chat. A copy of
Webster's International Dictionary
is offered to the writer of the most
interesting and valuable letter sent
to this department between Septem
ber 1st and November 15th. This
particular copy has been in use in
The Progressive Farmer office for
several years, and though not new by
any means, will be good for use
for several years yet to come,
and we nope that the competition
will be spirited. Send on your let
ters. AUNT JENNIE.
Aunt Jennie's Letter.
During years of experience I have
often noticed a sad lack of even
simple knowledge in a sick room.
For instance, a young mother was
caring for and anxiously watching
her baby night and day through its
first serious illness, and a neighbor
herself the mother of several chil
dren came blustering in and waked
the little one from its first natural
sleep in many days. But this was
not all. She explained to the anxi
ous young mother why she knew
that the child would certainly die.
Then she insisted on holding the child
in her own arms and commented on
its pallor and the temperature of its
headend hands; and finally handed
it back to the tearful mother with
the consoling (1) remark that. 'that
was the last time she ever exnected
,to see it breathe, and she felt like
it would have been a sin if she had
not held it the last time she would
ever see it. Now, I think it was a
sin for her to see it at all. She left
the young mother doubly anxious
about the child and so exceedinglyJ
nervous that every picture in her im
agination pvas over-drawn and many
times during the days and nights that
followed before its recovery she saw
her darling cold and white, ready
for the grave. Why she even had the
little clothes she meant it should
wear laundried and ready for im
mediate use. Can you realize the
harm which that one call did ?
Never go into a sick room in a
hurry, and don't talk loud or slam
things around. Be gentle and don't
comment on how the patient looks or
ask about the medicine they take, and
then talk of its deleterious effect on
this person and that one whom you
have known. Be cheerful; be full of
hope ; don't wear a long face. If you
feel badly yourself, why stay away
from those who seem sicker than
yourself.' Don't be a Job's comforter;
find the bright side. Even if you
know that the patient must die, you
can with tact make his last days
more" comfortable; for if he is a
Christian, he is-not loath to go home,
and may tell you &i much. Then of
course you can discuss the beauties
of that country with him and the
rest awaiting him where sickness is
unknown. Don't sit with folded
hands and fear, that you, too, will
take the same disease, and whisper
about him and what you have heard
that the doctor has said about him.
This is wrong; and, besides, a whis
per might make him nervous and
consequently worse. Visit the sick
by all means. Be helpful, but don't
forget to be quiet.
AUNT JENNIE.
Another Defender of the leathered
Tribe.
Dear Aunt Jennie: I have been
very much interested in the several
articles that have appeared in your
department of The Progressive Far
mer urging the importance of bird
protection, and I think it probable
that this subject can be most ef
fectively presented in the shape of
an appeal to the young people who
read your columns.
Taking altruism out of the ques
tion, it is very objectionable from
any point of view to prosecute the
slaughter of the feathered and mus
ical innocents. I can remember
when every boy who could throw a
stone straight, use a bow and arrow
with skill, or fire a gun with accu
racy, waged a war of extermination
on the king-bird, or bee-martin. The
reason given was, he ate bees. This
very fact proved him an insect-eater,
and a means of destroying pests det
rimental to growing crops. The
blue-bird came under the ban like
wise because he fought the house
martin. Taking up for a pet had
some redeeming features, or at least
some extenuation, but the blue bird
is also a friend of the farmer, being
likewise an insect eater.
In my youthful days I considered
it a religious duty to shoot the Bob
white because, in the expressed opin
ion of every neighborhood oracle,
they took up corn and ate wheat. He
is guilty on both counts of the in
dictment, but does a hundred fold
more good than harm in the amount
of bugs and worms he destroys. The
moaning dove, the emblem of inno
cence and the bird that returned to
the ark as the friend of man and as
the bearer of the symbol of peace,
came under condemnation, because
some wiseacre had seen it eat wheat.
Therefore, it must die the death.
All well-informed people know
that worms and insects have caused
a great deteriment to crops and
fruit trees, and one reason of this
is that the singing birds, with the
dove and quail have been nearly ex
terminated. I can remember proving
my skill with a rie, when a mere boy,
by shooting off the heads of sap
suckers. In my ignorance I did this,
because he pecked fruit trees. I Jid
not then know he was hunting for
the very borer that has worked such
havoc in our orchards.
It is pleasant to know that the
Audubon Society has been organized
to protect these feathered friends
of man, but it is mortifying to con
template how the law is evaded and
openly violated. A sense of innate
kindness to the weak and helpless
will restrain the truly good and mer
ciful, but if a person has none of
these finer feelings it is better to
spare the birds from sordid consid
erations. Bull-bats are shot for
sport in eight miles of where I live
just out of the corporate limits of
the town, and boys shoot birds on
the shade-trees of the very streets
with spring guns.
Taking an esthetic view of the
question, who would like to live
where there are no singing birds ?
Speaking for myself, I enjoy the
song of the mocking bird, the whis
tle of the quail, the notes of the dif
ferent members of the thrush, lark,
and -robin family.
The man who sees no beauty in
flowers, hears no music in the song
of birds, has a makeup not to be en
vied. While I do not know the names
of many feathered songsters, and
am woefully ignorant of botany, I
can certainly appreciate the beauty
and fragrance of a flower; as well
as the grace, beauty and music of
many of our birds. Some critic
might say he has no music in his
soul, and all birds do not sing, any
way. That is a fact, and many good
and useful people do' not make music
either. Neither have all useful peo
ple beauty and accomplishments.
The birds of the wood-pecker family
have not the captivating strains of
the eolian harp, nor yet the cadence
of the last tuneful effort of the dying
swan. But if he destroys bugs and
worms that hurt fruit trees and
crops, let him live.
Vhile I am not as pious in the
estimation'of some as I ought to be,
because I don't wear a face long
enough to eat oats out of a churn,
yet I see pious people, so-called, per
form and sanction acts of cruelty
towards birds and dumb animals at
which my mind revolts. What I have
said regarding religion, also applies
to my bravery. I am not valiant to
hurt, but I am too brave and gener
ous to wantonly wound, torture, or
kill the lowest of the animal king
dom, except for food or in self-defense.
CORN CRACKER.
Cleveland Co., N. C.
A Suggestion for Brides.
Dear Aunt Jennie: The mothers
of young women who are .preparing
their wedding outfits are unconsci
ously assisting them to set the trap
that will deprive them of some of
the sweetness of life. By this I mean
that they encourage needless ex
travagance, consequently the girl
buys too much, and oftentimes finer
articles than she will henceforth be
able to buy after the first are worn
to fragments. I sometimes think
that it would be well and more con
ducive to peace and harmony in our
homes were the prospective bride to
begin life with the young man of her
choice without so extensive a ward
robe. Let her have what she will
really need and then depend on his
generosity to procure the extras. He
will then learn that she is dependent
and will gladly help her to get things,
but I have so often seen brides whose
super-abundant supply of clothing
lasted for years after marriage in
fact, until the good man had time
and' again congratulated himself on
securing an economical wife, one
who never needed anything. The
awakening was something shocking
and awful to both parties. She
realizing that she must have new
garments occasionally, appealed to
him who had so seriously and earn
estly repeated, "With all my world
ly goods I thee endow," on the
day of their marriage and found
that he did not mean even the half
of those goods, and refused, saying,
by way of consoling, that he meant
to buy a new horse in a few days.
And so she waited. Then the horse
needed a saddle, and after that a new
buggy. Still she waited uncom
plainly while the wagon and farm im
plements were replaced by new ones
of better make. It may be that she
is waiting still yet they tell us that
Job was a man. x
, MRS. J. L. D.
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