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the chimney, if they would. Logs four feet long and several feet in circumference, which required all the strength of a strong man to roll them in, were placed back, a forestick of corresponding dimensions was laid in front, and smaller wood was then filled in and heaped up; plenty of light wood or fat pine being at hand to revive the fire and in the evening to keep up a bright and pleasant light. Oil or candles were used only occasionally.
"The chimneys sometimes were made of layers of wood notched at the crossing, the interstices filled in with clay, and the whole interior plastered with the same. The floors were nicely protected by a fine, washed, white sand. The immense andirons, with hooks to receive the spit holding over the dripping-pan the roast, enabled the housewife to furnish, with the aid of frequent turning and basting, a dish that the epicure now covets in vain. Roasts were then roasts.
"In a few years houses of better construction began to appeartwo stories in front, the roof in the rear sloped down to within six feet of the ground. The windows were supplied with hinges, opening outward, and were quite small. The glass was diamond shape, and set in sashes of lead. The dwelling houses were always so placed with front to the south, without regard to the street or road.
Everybody went to meeting in those days, however distant they resided from the place for public worship. Those who owned horses held them as justly liable to do service for any of the neighbors on meeting days, and it was no unusual thing for the owner and his wife, the one on a saddle and the other on a pillion, with perhaps a little boy or girl before the man and an infant in the woman's lap, to ride half way to the place of worship and then dismount on arriving at the halfway block and hitch the horse for the neighbors who set out on foot, walking themselves the rest of the way. Chaises or such-like vehicles were then un-
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