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The Home Acre - Chapter 9. The Kitchen-Garden (concluded) The Home Acre - Chapter 9. The Kitchen-Garden (concluded)

The Home Acre - Chapter 9. The Kitchen-Garden (concluded)
CHAPTER IX. THE KITCHEN-GARDEN (concluded)In the last chapter I dwelt somewhat at length on two vegetables for which thorough and enduring preparation is profitable. There is one other very early garden product which requires our attention during the first warm days of spring--rhubarb; sold in some instances under the name of "wine-plant." Wine is made from the juicy stalks, but it is an unwholesome beverage. The people call rhubarb "pie-plant;" and this term suggests its best and most common use, although when cooked as if it were a fruit, it is very grateful at a season when we begin to crave... Essays - Post by : jmilo1 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edward Payson Roe - Read : 1808

The Home Acre - Chapter 8. The Kitchen-Garden The Home Acre - Chapter 8. The Kitchen-Garden

The Home Acre - Chapter 8. The Kitchen-Garden
CHAPTER VIII. THE KITCHEN-GARDENThe garden should be open to the sky, and as far as possible unshaded by adjacent trees from the morning and afternoon sun. It is even more essential that the trees be not so near that their voracious roots can make their way to the rich loam of the garden. Now for the soil. We should naturally suppose that that of Eden was a deep sandy loam, with not too porous a subsoil. As we have already seen again and again, such a soil appears to be the laboratory in which we can assist Nature to develop her... Essays - Post by : srinivasraju - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edward Payson Roe - Read : 1704

The Home Acre - Chapter 7. Strawberries The Home Acre - Chapter 7. Strawberries

The Home Acre - Chapter 7. Strawberries
CHAPTER VII. STRAWBERRIESThere is a very general impression that light, dry, sandy soils are the best for the strawberry. Just the reverse of this is true. In its desire for moisture it is almost an aquatic plant. Experienced horticulturists have learned to recognize this truth, which the Hon. Marshall P. Wilder has suggested in the following piquant manner: "In the first place, the strawberry's chief need is a great deal of water. In the second place, it needs more water. In the third place, I think I should give it a great deal more water." While emphasizing this truth the reader... Essays - Post by : srinivasraju - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edward Payson Roe - Read : 3089

The Home Acre - Chapter 4. The Vineyard And Orchard The Home Acre - Chapter 4. The Vineyard And Orchard

The Home Acre - Chapter 4. The Vineyard And Orchard
CHAPTER IV. THE VINEYARD AND ORCHARDHe who proposes to plant grape-vines will scarcely fail to take the sensible course of inspecting the varieties already producing fruit in his locality. From causes often too obscure to be learned with certainty, excellent kinds will prove to be well adapted to one locality, and fail in others. If, therefore, when calling on a neighbor during August, September, or October, we are shown a vine producing fruit abundantly that is suited to our taste, a vine also which manifests unmistakable vigor, we may be reasonably sure that it belongs to a variety which we should... Essays - Post by : srinivasraju - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edward Payson Roe - Read : 3280

The Home Acre - Chapter 3. The Garden The Home Acre - Chapter 3. The Garden

The Home Acre - Chapter 3. The Garden
CHAPTER III. THE GARDENWe now approach that part of the acre to which its possessor will probably give his warmest and most frequent thoughts--the garden. If properly made and conducted, it will yield a revenue which the wealth of the Indies could not purchase; for whoever bought in market the flavor of fruit and vegetables raised by one's own hands or under our own eyes? Sentiment does count. A boy is a boy; but it makes a vast difference whether he is our boy or not. A garden may soon become a part of the man himself, and he be a... Essays - Post by : srinivasraju - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edward Payson Roe - Read : 1106

The Home Acre - Chapter 2. Fruit-Trees And Grass The Home Acre - Chapter 2. Fruit-Trees And Grass

The Home Acre - Chapter 2. Fruit-Trees And Grass
CHAPTER II. FRUIT-TREES AND GRASSIt is a happy proof of our civilization that a dwelling-place, a shelter from sun and storm, does not constitute a home. Even the modest rooms of our mechanics are not furnished with useful articles merely; ornaments and pictures appear quite as indispensable. Out-of-doors the impulse to beautify is even stronger; and usually the purchaser's first effort is to make his place attractive by means of trees and shrubs that are more than useful--they are essential; because the refined tastes of men and women to-day demand them. In the first chapter I endeavored to satisfy this demand... Essays - Post by : srinivasraju - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edward Payson Roe - Read : 3808

The Home Acre - Chapter 1. Tree-Planting The Home Acre - Chapter 1. Tree-Planting

The Home Acre - Chapter 1. Tree-Planting
CHAPTER I. TREE-PLANTINGLand hunger is so general that it may be regarded as a natural craving. Artificial modes of life, it is true, can destroy it, but it is apt to reassert itself in later generations. To tens of thousands of bread-winners in cities a country home is the dream of the future, the crown and reward of their life-toil. Increasing numbers are taking what would seem to be the wiser course, and are combining rural pleasures and advantages with their business. As the questions of rapid transit are solved, the welfare of children will turn the scale more and more... Essays - Post by : srinivasraju - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edward Payson Roe - Read : 3398

An Original Belle - Chapter 53. 'Missy S'wanee' An Original Belle - Chapter 53. "Missy S'wanee"

An Original Belle - Chapter 53. 'Missy S'wanee'
CHAPTER LIII. "MISSY S'WANEE"THERE is no need of dwelling long on subsequent events. Our story has already indicated many of them. Mrs. Merwyn's bitter lesson was emphasized through many weary days. She hovered about her son like a remorseful spirit, but dared not speak to him. She had learned too well why her voice might cause fatal agitation. For a time she tried to ignore Marian, but the girl's gentle dignity and profound sorrow, her untiring faithfulness, conquered pride at last, and the mother, with trembling lips, asked forgiveness and besought affection. Blauvelt arrived in town on the evening of the... Long Stories - Post by : srinivasraju - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edward Payson Roe - Read : 2601

An Original Belle - Chapter 52. Mother And Son An Original Belle - Chapter 52. Mother And Son

An Original Belle - Chapter 52. Mother And Son
CHAPTER LII. MOTHER AND SONFOR a time Merwyn did keep quiet, but he soon began to mutter brokenly and unintelligibly. Marian tried to remove her hand to aid the physician a moment, but she felt the feeble tightening of his clasp, and he cried, "No, no!" This, for days, was the last sign he gave of intelligent comprehension of what was going on around him. "We must humor him as far as we can in safety," the doctor remarked, in a low whisper, and so began the battle for life. Day was now dawning, and Thomas was despatched for a very... Long Stories - Post by : srinivasraju - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edward Payson Roe - Read : 2448

An Original Belle - Chapter 51. A Tragedy An Original Belle - Chapter 51. A Tragedy

An Original Belle - Chapter 51. A Tragedy
CHAPTER LI. A TRAGEDYMR. VOSBURGH and his daughter had passed a very anxious day, the former going out but seldom. The information obtained from the city had not been reassuring, for while the authorities had under their direction larger bodies of men, and lawlessness was not so general, the mob was still unquelled and fought with greater desperation in the disaffected centres. In the after-part of the day Mr. Vosburgh received the cheering intelligence that the Seventh Regiment would arrive that night, and that other militia organizations were on their way home. Therefore he believed that if they escaped injury until... Long Stories - Post by : srinivasraju - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edward Payson Roe - Read : 3453

An Original Belle - Chapter 50. Zeb An Original Belle - Chapter 50. Zeb

An Original Belle - Chapter 50. Zeb
CHAPTER L. ZEBMERWYN awoke early, and, as soon as he heard the German servant coming down-stairs, wrote a line to Mr. Vosburgh saying that he would call on his way to headquarters, and then hastened through the almost deserted streets to his own home. To his great satisfaction he found everything unchanged there. After luxuriating in a bath and a bountiful breakfast he again instructed his man to be on the watch, and to keep up a fire throughout the coming night, so that a hot meal might be had speedily at any time. More than once the thought had crossed... Long Stories - Post by : srinivasraju - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edward Payson Roe - Read : 896

An Original Belle - Chapter 47. A Fair Friend And Foul Foes An Original Belle - Chapter 47. A Fair Friend And Foul Foes

An Original Belle - Chapter 47. A Fair Friend And Foul Foes
CHAPTER XLVII. A FAIR FRIEND AND FOUL FOESTHE reader has already discovered that I have not attempted anything approaching a detailed history of the dreadful days of the riot. I merely hope to give a somewhat correct impression of the hopes, fears, and passions which swayed men's minds and controlled or directed their action. Many of the scenes are too horrible to be described, and much else relating to the deeds and policy of recognized leaders belongs to the sober page of history. The city was in awful peril, and its destruction would have crippled the general government beyond all calculation.... Long Stories - Post by : srinivasraju - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edward Payson Roe - Read : 1827

An Original Belle - Chapter 46. 'I Have Seen That You Detest Me' An Original Belle - Chapter 46. "I Have Seen That You Detest Me"

An Original Belle - Chapter 46. 'I Have Seen That You Detest Me'
CHAPTER XLVI. "I HAVE SEEN THAT YOU DETEST ME"After her father had left her on that eventful afternoon, Marian felt as if alone in a beleaguered fortress. The familiar streets in which she had trundled her hoop as a child, and until to-day walked without fear, were now filled with nameless terrors. She who had been so bent on going out in the morning would now as readily stroll in a tiger-infested jungle as to venture from her door. When men like her father used such language and took such precautions as she had anxiously noted, she knew that dangers were... Long Stories - Post by : srinivasraju - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edward Payson Roe - Read : 2111

An Original Belle - Chapter 45. The Decisive Battle An Original Belle - Chapter 45. The Decisive Battle

An Original Belle - Chapter 45. The Decisive Battle
CHAPTER XLV. THE DECISIVE BATTLEMERWYN was now very anxious to reach police headquarters in Mulberry Street, for he felt that the safety of the city, as well as all personal interests dear to him, depended upon adequate and well-organized resistance. The driver, having been promised a handsome reward to remain, still waited. Indeed, he had gained the impression that Merwyn was in sympathy with the ruthless forces then in the ascendant, and he felt safer in his company than if returning alone. Mounting the box again, Merwyn directed the driver to make his way through the more open streets to Broadway... Long Stories - Post by : srinivasraju - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edward Payson Roe - Read : 2185

An Original Belle - Chapter 44. A Wife's Embrace An Original Belle - Chapter 44. A Wife's Embrace

An Original Belle - Chapter 44. A Wife's Embrace
CHAPTER XLIV. A WIFE'S EMBRACE"O PAPA," cried Marian, after reaching the library, "we let Mr. Merwyn go without a lunch, and it's nearly two o'clock. Nor do I believe you have had a mouthful since breakfast, and I've forgotten all about providing anything. Oh, how signally I have failed on the first day of battle!" "You are not the first soldier, by untold millions, who has done so; but you have not shown the white feather yet." "When I do that I shall expire from shame. You rummage for a disguise, and I'll be back soon." She hastened to the kitchen,... Long Stories - Post by : srinivasraju - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edward Payson Roe - Read : 3297

An Original Belle - Chapter 43. The 'Coward' An Original Belle - Chapter 43. The "Coward"

An Original Belle - Chapter 43. The 'Coward'
CHAPTER XLIII. THE "COWARD"MERWYN now felt that he had carried out the first part of his plan. He had looked into the murderous eyes of the mob, and learned its spirit and purpose. Already he reproached himself for leaving Marian alone so long, especially as columns of smoke were rising throughout the northern part of the city. It seemed an age since he had seen that first cloud of the storm, as he emerged from the park after his quiet ride, but it was not yet noon. As he sped through the streets, running where he dared, and fortunately having enough... Long Stories - Post by : srinivasraju - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edward Payson Roe - Read : 722

An Original Belle - Chapter 42. That Worst Of Monsters, A Mob An Original Belle - Chapter 42. That Worst Of Monsters, A Mob

An Original Belle - Chapter 42. That Worst Of Monsters, A Mob
CHAPTER XLII. THAT WORST OF MONSTERS, A MOBAFTER reaching the sidewalk Merwyn soon found a chance to mount a dry-goods box, that he might better observe the action of the police and form an idea of their numbers. The moment he saw the insignificant band he felt that they were doomed men, or else the spirit abroad was not what he thought it to be, and he had been witnessing some strong indications of its ruthless nature. It was characteristic of the young fellow that he did not rush to the aid of the police. He was able, even in that... Long Stories - Post by : srinivasraju - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edward Payson Roe - Read : 2142

An Original Belle - Chapter 41. Sunday's Lull And Monday's Storm An Original Belle - Chapter 41. Sunday's Lull And Monday's Storm

An Original Belle - Chapter 41. Sunday's Lull And Monday's Storm
CHAPTER XLI. SUNDAY'S LULL AND MONDAY'S STORMSUNDAY, the 12th of July, proved a long, restful sabbath to Marian and her father, and they spent most of its hours together. The great tension and strain of the past weeks appeared to be over for a time. The magnificent Union victories had brought gladness and hopefulness to Mr. Vosburgh, and the return of her friends had relieved his daughter's mind. He now thought he saw the end clearly. He believed that hereafter the tide of rebellion would ebb southward until all the land should be free. "This day has been a godsend... Long Stories - Post by : srinivasraju - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edward Payson Roe - Read : 2822

An Original Belle - Chapter 40. Love's Triumph An Original Belle - Chapter 40. Love's Triumph

An Original Belle - Chapter 40. Love's Triumph
CHAPTER XL. LOVE'S TRIUMPHTHE month of June was drawing to a close. Captain Lane, his surgeon, and a little company of wounded men, equally with the Confederates, were only apparently forgotten. They were all watched, and their progress towards health was noted. Any attempt at escape would have been checked at once. The majority of the Federal soldiers could now walk about slowly, and were gaining rapidly. Although they were not aware of the fact, the Confederate wounded, who had progressed equally far in convalescence, were their guards, and the residents of the neighborhood were allies in watchfulness. The Southerners were... Long Stories - Post by : srinivasraju - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edward Payson Roe - Read : 3415

An Original Belle - Chapter 37. Strahan's Escape An Original Belle - Chapter 37. Strahan's Escape

An Original Belle - Chapter 37. Strahan's Escape
CHAPTER XXXVII. STRAHAN'S ESCAPEAFTER Blauvelt had left Mr. Vosburgh's breakfast-table in obedience to his own and Marian's wish to see Strahan at once, the young girl laughed outright--she would laugh easily to-day--and exclaimed:-- "Poor Mr. Merwyn! He is indeed doomed to inglorious inaction. Before he could even start on his search, Strahan found him. His part in this iron age will consist only in furnishing the sinews of war and dispensing canned delicacies in the hospitals. I do feel sorry for him, for last night he seemed to realize the fact himself. He looked like a ghost, back in the shadow... Long Stories - Post by : srinivasraju - Date : May 2012 - Author : Edward Payson Roe - Read : 2554