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Clover and Blue Grass   By: (1856-1935)

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CLOVER AND BLUE GRASS

By Eliza Calvert Hall

AUNT JANE OF KENTUCKY

THE LAND OF LONG AGO

CLOVER AND BLUE GRASS

TO LOVE AND TO CHERISH

A BOOK OF HAND WOVEN COVERLETS

[Illustration: How could a man find words to thank a mother for giving him her daughter? FRONTISPIECE. See page 144. ]

CLOVER AND BLUE GRASS

by

Eliza Calvert Hall

With a frontispiece by

H. R. Ballinger

Boston

Little, Brown, & Company

1916

Copyright, 1916 ,

BY LIDA CALVERT OBENCHAIN.

All rights reserved

Published, September, 1916

TO MARTHA CALVERT AND VAL CALVERT WINSTON

CONTENTS

PAGE HOW PARSON PAGE WENT TO THE CIRCUS 1

MARY CRAWFORD'S CHART 33

OLD MAHOGANY 91

MILLSTONES AND STUMBLING BLOCKS 115

"ONE TASTE OF THE OLD TIME" 157

ONE DAY IN SPRING 207

HOW PARSON PAGE WENT TO THE CIRCUS

(The last of the "Aunt Jane" stories)

This story, the nineteenth and last of the "Aunt Jane" stories, appeared in the Cosmopolitan , July 1910, after the publication of The Land of Long Ago . Its publication in this present volume completes the set of stories told by "Aunt Jane of Kentucky."

"I hear there's goin' to be a circus in town next week," said Aunt Jane, "and if it wasn't for the looks of the thing, jest for the sake of old times, I'd like to go to town and stand on the old drug store corner and watch the procession go 'round the square, like me and Abram used to do in the days when we was young and the children growin' up around us."

She broke off with a laugh relevant to some happy thought.

"I never see a show bill," she said, "that I don't think o' the time Parson Page went to the circus. Times has changed so, I reckon a preacher could go to a circus nowadays and little or nothin' be said of it. I ricollect the last time the circus come to town Uncle Billy Bascom says to me, says he: 'Jane, they tell me the church members and their children was so thick in that tent to day that you could 'a' held a meetin' of the session right there and organized a Sunday school of any denomination whatever.' But in my day all a church member or a church member's children could do on circus day was to stand on the street and watch the procession; and as for a minister, why, it wasn't hardly considered fittin' for him to even go a fishin', much less go to a circus. Folks used to say a good many hard things about Parson Page for bein' so fond of fishin', but there wasn't anything that could keep him away from the river when spring come and the fish begun to bite. And when folks begun tellin' tales about the fishin' in Reelfoot Lake, Parson Page never rested till he got there.

"I reckon, honey, you know all about Reelfoot Lake?" Aunt Jane looked questioningly at me over her glasses and waited for my answer.

"Why, yes, it's a big lake where all the men go to fish," I answered hesitatingly.

The vagueness of my answer was a sure indication of shameful ignorance, and Aunt Jane shook her head disapprovingly.

"There's somethin' wrong with the schoolin' of children nowadays," she said gravely, "Knowin' what I do about Reelfoot Lake, it looks to me like the folks that make the geography books for children ought to put that lake down on the map in big letters and then tell all about it. Why, child, there ain't but one Reelfoot Lake in all the world, and every child ought to be able to tell all the hows and the wheres and the whens that concerns it. Schoolin's a mighty good thing, but every now and then there's somethin' you can't learn out o' books, and you've got to come to some old man like Uncle Billy Bascom or some old woman like me that can ricollect away back yonder. Not but what it's all hearsay with me, when it comes to Reelfoot Lake, for that was before my day; but many's the time I've heard father and Uncle Tandy Stevens tell about it... Continue reading book >>




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