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pun, held it on top of the child鈥檚 head and brought the material down to the floor and then up again to the head. This would make one full garment for the child, and was the way to assure there being enough, with no waste. The red flannel was handled the same 鏉窞妗戞嬁鎸夋懇浠锋牸 way, and the colored homespun for every-day frocks, and the calico for Sunday frocks. It was an interesting thing to watch: a name was read out by mamma, papa, or my sister from the book, and up the step came the little girl, dropped a courtesy to each of us and then to Maum Mary, and stood before 鏉窞鎸夋懇浼氭墍鏈嶅姟 her to be measured. Maum Mary

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was sometimes inclined to be very impatient and cross, but she dared not give way to the inclination openly, with us all watching her. She would just jerk the timid ones around a little; but if papa was there he would say quite sternly: 鈥淕ently, Mary, gently.鈥?The little girl, as she went out loaded with her things and the things of her little brothers and sisters, would drop another courtesy of thanks. The boys were taught to 鈥淭ech dey furud,鈥?as Maum Mary called it; being really just what the{155} military 鏉窞娲楁荡鍦烘墍 salute is now; but they were generally very awkward about it.

The hardest thing of all was the shoes. Every man, woman, and child on the place, about a month before, was called on to give their measure鈥攁 nice, light strip of wood about an inch wide the length of their foot. Each was supposed to put 鏉窞妗戞嬁缁忕悊鐢佃瘽 the weight of the foot down on the piece of wood and have some one mark and cut it off the right length; then take it himself, so that there would be no mistake, to Mr. Belflowers, who wrote the full name upon it. These measures Mr. Belflowers brought 鏉窞娌℃湁妗戞嬁浜?to papa, all clearly and distinctly marked in pencil; and they were sent to the factor in Charleston, who took them to a reliable shoe dealer, and each measure was fitted into a pair of shoes. These shoes were all boxed up and sent up to the different plantations in time for distribution on 鏉窞姘寸枟鎸夋懇 the third day after New Year. Darkies have a very great dislike of big feet, so many of them were tempted to send too short a measure; and then what a disappointment and what suppressed groans and lamentations when the new shoes were tried on!

鈥淪omebody change my meshur.鈥?And often I was called on to 鏉窞澶滅敓娲荤綉鎺ㄦ补 examine the stick and read out{156} the name on it. No mistake there. But these victims of vanity were few, and were always much ridiculed by the others who had wisely given the full length of the foot.

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There was much visiting among the neighbors during this season. Every one had friends from the city to spend the holidays in the country. The plantations were large, so the neighbors were not near; but they all had an abundance of 鏉窞瓒崇枟搴楁渶澶氱殑鍦ㄥ摢閲?horses and vehicles, and the roads were excellent. An absolutely flat country, the dirt roads were kept in the best condition. There were Mr. and Mrs. Poinsett at the White House, eight miles south of Chicora at the point of land between the Pee Dee and the Black Rivers. Mr. Poinsett was