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By John L. Idol

A local of the Piedmont region of North Carolina, John Nicholson Idol, a accomplice Sharpshooter, searching for the way to make a lifestyles for himself within the Reconstruction South, involves Deep hole, meets and marries a daughter of pioneer settler Solomon Greene, and starts off to evolve to Blue Ridge methods of operating and dwelling. How he and generations of his descendants turned absorbed into Blue Ridge tradition is the tale informed during this ebook. it's a tale drawing on relatives letters, oral background, and private adventure. even supposing the booklet specializes in a specific family members, it displays extra mostly Blue Ridge traditions, the making and utilizing of instruments, the stairs taken to develop into greater farmers, craftsmen, and homemakers, and the expression of principles and ideology. It lines a method of existence very like that of Colonial the US (log cabin, produce hauled to far away markets by way of wagon, and marriage among cousins) first and foremost to the period of airplanes, tv, and Christmas-tree farming. it's also a chronicle of survival, loss, clash, love, and loss of life.

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But when it came to his idea of cutting down on the wear of his radio battery (or later on the cost of his electricity) by keeping the volume knob turned low we considered him something of a Scrooge. Somewhere he heard or read that the louder a radio was played the greater amount of juice it took. When he played his radio, a small table model, he and Nancy pulled their chairs close to the table on which it sat. He turned it on, tuned it to catch the news, the obituaries, or an early Sunday morning sermon, and barely twisted the volume control, advancing it just enough for it to emit a hearable sound if he and Nancy cupped their ears and listened attentively.

The plug unwrapped and the tag removed and bestowed upon the one who correctly answered his presidential query, Rufus then took his knife and sliced off a piece of tobacco, rolling out his lower 25 JOHN LANE IDOL, JR. lip to receive the modest sliver that he had allowed himself. Working it over with his remaining teeth and gums, he then spat out a wad of homemade chewing tobacco (his everyday plug). Brown Mule was his treat, his liquorish, his reward to himself, his one extravagance. For he was a frugal man, a man who earned scarcely more money than it took to buy seed, fertilizer, feed for his livestock, and pay his taxes.

Now in the possession of Rodney Howell, the acrobat entertains his grandchildren. The upstairs bedrooms were reached by a stairway that attached to the far wall of the downstairs bedroom. Not one of the rooms was painted and neither was the outside of the house. The inside wood slowly darkened to a brownish gold; the outside weatherboarding, beaten by wind, rain, and snow, turned gray or black except where it was protected by eaves. The house had a venerable look, something like that of a New England house dating from Colonial days.

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