American Farming and Food

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Longmans, Green, 1881 - Agriculture - 477 pages
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Page 202 - No piecework is adopted, but so thorough is the superintendence that full work is obtained from both man and beast. There is no difficulty in obtaining extra hands, amongst whom are many Norwegians, Scandinavians and Germans. During harvest and thrashing, which is done in the field, as many as 600 men are frequently employed. Even with this great accession of labourers, work proceeds systematically and harmoniously. No rows occur ; brawling and fighting are extremely rare, but when they do occur...
Page 202 - Hard as such wholesale dismissal would be in Great Britain, it is no hardship here, for these men readily find lumberwork in the forests. It is obviously an enormous boon thus to get rid of men whom the farmer cannot profitably employ during the five winter months. Many an English wheat grower would gladly practise this retrenchment and send most of his staff to other vocations during the short days and bad weather of midwinter.
Page 214 - There is a court-house and two portly courteous judges, and a provost marshal or commandant of police, all these important officers holding their appointments from year to year ; a successful daily newspaper, two cornmerchants, a thriving school, while preparations are being made for building churches. An OperaComique is in successful operation, where the nightly attractions consist in dramas, nigger and other songs, and dancing. I can vouch for the fun and humour and never-flagging spirit of the...

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