Small Town South
small town south A LIFE-IN-AMERICA Prize Book Already published NO LIFE FOR A LADY by Agnes Morley Cleaveland THE ROAD OF A NATURALIST by Donald Culross Peattie TO MARK CHERRY contents PART ONE. GO HOME IN THE SPRING 1. Mrs. Byrds Liltk Boy Comes Home 3 2. Look for iht Lesters 22 3. Mrs. Southerland Requests the Honor 38 4. River Road 53 5. Hickory Nut Hill 77 PART TWO, RIDE A GOLDEN SUNBEAM 6. Obituary of an Era 107 7. Children of the Boom 129 8. The Farmer in the Dell 150 9. Meet the Mayor 163 10. Miss Sophia, Social Worker Extraordinary 176 11. Tourists Accommodated 215 PART THREE. I HAVE BEEN HOME AGAIN 12. Everythings Going To Be Att Right 229 small town south art one Go Home in the Spring one Mrs. Byrtfs Little Boy Comes Home I T WAS spring along the river road and I was going home. The train rolled out of Goldsboro along the Atlantic Coast Line. A few miles more a few minutes more. I leaned forward to watch the sun coming up out of the Carolina fields. Farmhouses clusters of Negro shacks a country church familiar landmarks.. A wagon drawn up at a crossing for us to pass. Souther lands Springs. The patch of woods this side of West brooks farm, dotted white with dogwood this time of year, and the peach orchards at Brogdens in blossom. Seasons trouping theatrical circuits and long nights in Tobacco Road and Of Mice and Men, I had imagined myself riding home on the morning train like this. Two nights before, I had left a darkened stage door and walked over to the heart of Times Square and sat down at Father Duffys feet to survey Broadway with a homesick eye. Douglas Leighs neon roses climbed like rockets to the sky, but my spirits were earthbound. Soft-coal cinders lodged under myeyelids and scratched them red and blew away in the March wind. My head
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