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An Old Story of My Farming Days Vol. I (of III). (Ut Mine Stromtid)   By: (1810-1874)

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2. The diphthong oe is represented by [oe].

Each volume sold separately at the price of M 1,60 .

COLLECTION

OF

GERMAN AUTHORS

TAUCHNITZ EDITION.

VOL. 34.

AN OLD STORY OF MY FARMING DAYS.

By FRITZ REUTER.

IN THREE VOLUMES. VOL. 1.

LEIPZIG: BERNHARD TAUCHNITZ.

LONDON: SAMPSON LOW, MARSTON & COMPANY, LIMITED. ST. DUNSTAN'S HOUSE, FETTER LANE, FLEET STREET E.C.

PARIS: LIBRAIRIE C. REINWALD, 15, RUE DES SAINTS PÈRES; THE GALIGNANI LIBRARY, 224, RUE DE RIVOLI.

This Collection of German Authors may be introduced into England or any other country .

COLLECTION

OF

GERMAN AUTHORS.

VOL. 34.

AN OLD STORY OF MY FARMING DAYS BY FRITZ REUTER.

IN THREE VOLUMES. VOL. I.

TAUCHNITZ EDITION: By the same Author, IN THE YEAR '13: . . . . . . . . 1 vol.

AN OLD STORY

OF MY FARMING DAYS

(UT MINE STROMTID)

BY

FRITZ REUTER, AUTHOR OF "IN THE YEAR '13:"

FROM THE GERMAN BY M. W. MACDOWALL.

IN THREE VOLUMES.

VOL. I.

Authorized Edition .

LEIPZIG 1878 BERNHARD TAUCHNITZ.

LONDON: SAMPSON LOW, MARSTON, SEARLE & RIVINGTON. CROWN BUILDINGS, 188, FLEET STREET. PARIS: C. REINWALD & CIE, 15, RUE DES SAINTS PÈRES.

Well, well, it was not always so. The father of the man who now rides to town with white reins for his horse, and who drinks his couple of bottles of champagne, had probably nothing better than small beer with which to quench his thirst, and had his reins tied together with his wife's garter. Ah, those were hard times in Mecklenburg when wheat was sold in barrels on the public road for sixteen pence a bushel, good measure too, to the labourers to feed their pigs with, and when, as in Rostock, a whole load of oats was given in exchange for a loaf of sugar.

Mecklenburg is a beautiful and a rich land, just the kind of country that delights a farmer, but at the time of which I am speaking there was great poverty and distress throughout the length and breadth of it, and the collector knocked at every door, and demanded that the rent should be paid, and whoever had anything to give, gave his last penny, and he who had nothing to give was sold up.

Let no one imagine from this that our country people hobbled about the land like scare crows during these hard times, or that one could read the "Vater unser" through their sunken cheeks Nay! they were as true Mecklenburgers every bit then as now, only they had to manage differently. Now a days one says: "Butter costs a shilling a pound, which comes to so much a hundredweight, and if I sell so many hundredweights of it, I shall be able to buy a glass coach and four horses to match from the sale of butter alone... Continue reading book >>




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