Farnborough Hall, Or, New Life On The Old Farm by Hubert A. Simmons

Farnborough Hall, Or, New Life On The Old Farm

byHubert A. Simmons

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1882 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER III. Like all busy men, I have at last undertaken more than I can accomplish, viz., the dissection of our poor-rate. I have been called to account at our monthly farmers' meeting, and have offered to resign the post of investigator. "Oh no, Mr. Hope," said my brother farmers; "none of your jibbing. You undertook it; carry it out." To tell you the truth, I wish that I had not undertaken it. My first idea was to get hold of the half-yearly returns, and then to put the poor-rate, as it were, through a winnowing machine, to turn the handle, and to see through which screens the money goes, how much blows away for chaff, and to try and find out how it is that nothing comes down the spout but chickens' meat for the paupers. I thought I could easily get my head inside the machine, and see what they are up to with the machinery, and probably suggest some improvement as to the riddles, or perhaps the blower was on a bit too strong, or maybe the machine wanted oiling, or even the paupers' spout might be stopped up, so that only now and then a corn slips down that way; because it seems to me such nonsense to winnow up such a great heap of corn when the returns show that so little is used for the purpose for which the returns set forth the money is collectedI never was more deceived in my life, for when I began to look into it I found that there are so many sieves wanted that I couldn't get a carriage of tailing corn for our workhouse unless I winnowed it over about ten times, and then all the other best samples would have to be sent off first, in newly branded sacks, and tied up with red tape. Why, it would take my men a fortnight to riddle it. I can't spare the barn just now, nor the time either, and I told my brother farmers they must wait until after harvest...

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Title:Farnborough Hall, Or, New Life On The Old FarmFormat:PaperbackDimensions:30 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.06 inPublished:February 8, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217473350

ISBN - 13:9780217473354

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