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Tuesday, August 1, 1905.
PEOGEESSIVE FARMER. AND COTTON PLANT. OUR SOCIAL CHAT ah letten intended for thli department hoold be addressed to "Aunt Jennie," care of The Progressive Farmer, Raleigh, N. O. Aunt Jennie' 8 Letter. Tii is little poem tells the circle how I feel this morning when I real ize that He has been with me every moment during the past weeks in my watchcare, therefore I take pleasure inhaving you read it: Through all my little daily cares there is One thought that comfort brings where'er it comes. Tis this: "God knows." He knows Each struggle that my hard heart makes, to bring My will to His. Often, when night time comes. Mv heart is full of tears, because the good That seemed at morn so easy to be done Has proved so hard; but then, re membering That a kind Father is my judge, I say, "He knows." And so I lay me down with trust, That His good hand will give me needed strength To better do His worts m coming days. Sincere's letter .was somewhat de layed, but I know that she will ex cuse me,since she knows how a moth er feels who is caring for a sick child. Her suggestions as to pre serving are timely, and her tirade as to the evils of well read all of it, and you will enjoy it. Gertrude D. from South Carolina sens us an essay on man that will cause you to laugh. A nice little letter came to me this week from a little Virginia girl. Xow while I would like to publish all these letters from the children, they won't let me, but they can't keep me from enjoying them. We have the pleasure of welcom ing four new writers this week one from South Carolina, two from Xorth Carolina, and one from Vir ginia. ' I must tell you all how much I appreciated your kindness while things have been going badly with me. Your interesting letters cheer ed me and kept our page full. "We owe so much all through life to our friends, and it is with gratitude I remember your kindness. Please note the questions asked in this de partment and oblige the writers by answering them at your earliest con venience. AUNT JENNIE. Coca-Cola Drinking; Worthless Fathers, Helpless Children, and Some Other Topics. Dear Aunt Jennie: I have tried faithfully to get three new sub scribers for The Farmer. But I live in Charlotte city, and my neigh bors being city bred, are not inter ested in a farm paper. But I can not do without the dear old paper. JTy dear father, Mr. F. M. Shelton, began taking it in 1886, and was still a subscriber at his death, in Janu ary, 1005. And I am not going to give up trying to get some new sub scribers. Vell, Aunt Jennie, I suppose our country sisters are busy canning and preserving their fruits. . I will Wve you my way of making pre serves: Prepare your fruit, take about two-thirds as much sugar as you have fruit, put your sugar in your vessel, and add just enough wa I? .t0 solve it. Let this boil un- " t will spin a thread, like taffy. Put in your fruit. Boil until Tour syrurt is vato "P,,no aaes m this manner never ferment, and are very firm. If the fruit is juicy pour off the juice, and use in some other way, as it will spoil your preserves by making them soft and slopny. If all goes well, this will be my last summer away from the farm. I love it! I love it! and no other place can content me in this world. I would like to buy about one hun dred acres at twenty dollars an acre. wen wittered and timbered, and near a railroad station. Would want a good dwelling house and well. Would like an orchard; but would not buy a rocky or gullied farm, no matter what the inducement. Would want possession about December. If any oi the cousins know of such a place they can get my address by asking Aunt Jennie. I want some sister to tell me about the Raney canning outfits, as I in tend to buy one when I get back to the farm. I am also curious to know who Uncle Jo is. He must be near here somewhere. I should like to know him for I enjoy his poultry talks so much. I am going into the poultry Dusmess myselt next year. (To a selfish extent, however.) I am gardening some this season. My husband is a moulder, and works in a foundry in Charlotte. Our children were going to school, and now that they are over, I don't know what to do with five chatterboxes. I am glad to know of so sensible a young man as Jack Klinard. expect he will have his head turned with commendation. It is so sel dom that a young man gives serious thought to such problems, that it is enough to surprise us elder readers to read his able letter. Write again, Jak, and give your fellow-writers the benefit of your wisdom. Win. Riley Hayes writes a good letter. Who will rise up for me against evil doers? is a serious ques tion. One of the growing evils of my town is Coca-Cola drinking. Since Charlotte is a dry town the amount of the stuff consumed here is astounding.' Men who cannot buy bread and clothes for their children, whose wives work in factories and sewing houses for a living, men who have to buy on credit, and who can not bury their dead without help from neighbors or from the church es, can drink, and drink, Coca-Cola every day and Sunday too. If all the money spent for tobacco, Coca-Cola, and soda water in this town were spent to help the poor, there would be no needf or poor little girls and boys to Work in mills and stores and spend their childhood in slavery as they are doing now ! Before God, is there a man left who- is worthy to be a father to train immortal souls? And is there a woman who is worthy the holy boon of motherhood? Lord, have mercy upon us when we are such slaves to sinful habits that we sacrifice our children to our own selfish ends. In the old days, one hundred years ago, there was the family altar: the peo ple served God; and children were a heritage from the Lord. They were beloved, and trained in the nurture 'and admonition of the Lord. Husband and wife were one. Love was abroad. Every man loved his neighbor as himself. If his neighbor was sick, all went and helped him with his work and nursed him back to health. Now the altar is a thing of the past, comparatively. Children are just as much account as they are able to help their parents. No body wants them; they are just a necessary evil I Husband and. wiie are two, distinctly, understand. The divorce court has settled that. They are now talking about marrying for a riven time a year, or ten, or .twenty, and letting the law provide for the children, .roor little cnua- ren! Hay God intercede for you, then. A woman could then have ten or twenty different husbands in a lifetime, and as many sets of chil dren, and wouldn't she feel honora ble! God forbid! My neighbor now is the man who has the money; there are enough churches to take care of the one who has not any. (Well I don't have any idea of ever see ing this harangue in print, but I have had the satisfaction of letting off steam and settling my nerves on some points.) Just a word to Snow Bird in con clusion, as our preacher says. Your Vm iTin n c ( fnr T lrnrmr TT-n ova. a ttt- man) and my xhusband, and my neighbor's husband, are just exactly alike about sitting around the store. Don't let it errieve you. It is noor man's nature: he can't help it. So let him depart in peace, and sit on a barrel, while you walk a colicky baby, and sincr "Home. Sweet Home" and "What Is Home Without a Father?" and "Hush-a-bye, Baby, Father Will Come To You Soon" yes, just as soon as he gets ready and no sooner. Well, I have finished. SINCERE. Mecklenburg Co., N. C. From a Virginia Reader. Dear Aunt Jennie: I will try to night for the first time to write you a few lines. I read The Pro gressive Farmer every week don't take the paper myself, but my father takes it, and I always have enjoyed reading Aunt Jennie's letter. I was very much imDressed with Maple's letter last week. I think it was fine. I am very tired to-night, and don't feel like writing: much, as I am a housekeeper, and have eight in f am ily. I have four children, and my oldest one seven can o to school next session, and I am Jike Maple says, I am a woman of all kinds of work. I do all of my work, with the help of my children, and I am fond of doing fancy work. and other sew ing. I also have my flowers, and work in them, and raise chickens. I like to work out of doors. In the spring I just feel like staying out all the time. Well, I agree with Ma ple with all she says about the men, for it is true. I wish more of our married women would write to Aunt Jennie. I am a Tar Heel; was born and reared in Pasquotank County, but have been living in Virginia ever since I was married. I was married at 19. I think girls ought to be oldei don't you? In conclusion. I will tell you if any housekeeper wants to keep dish es always looking new. clean the dark places with a little cooking soda. It is fine. Maybe everybody doesn't know this, and I am sure we should try to help one another in these little ways. MRS. J. V. C. Norfolk Co., Va. Agrees with Jack Klinard. Dear Aunt Jennie: I have been a reader of The Progressive Farmer for several years, and I am greatly interested in the Social Chat. Every time the paper comes, I take it up and turn to Social Chat before any thing else. I also agree with Jack Klinard as, to women's dress. I think all women, married as well as single, should strive to dress neatly. A woman can make her husband love her or hate her, just whichever she chooses. No man can love a woman that goes around the house with an ugly frown on her face, her hair not combed, and a dirty, ragged apron on. Of course,' there are lots of wo men that have their work to do, but they can dress after they get their work done, and be sweet and clean to meet the husband when he comes in from his work. Nothing makes a man appreciate his home more than a pure-hearted, sweet little wife that goes to the door to greet her hus band when he comes in from his daily toil. DEW DROP. Vance Co., N. C. $2.50 Over the Counter. For a Pair of AUTOGRAPH SHOES Worth $3.00; An EASY COMFORTABLE feeling that TAKES THE FROWN AWAY; And that BRIQHTNESS OF SPIRIT which Ease and Comfort always gives, or that comes as the result of a good Trade. INSIST on having them. Your dealer has them or can get them for you. MADE BY CRADDOCK TERRY COMPANY, Lynchburg, Va. The South's Largest Shoe Manufacturers. I'M cms. lyiiisLows S00TIIMG SYRUP lias been used by Millions of Mothers for their cnlldren wnue Teething for over Fifty Tears. 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