Among the Trees at Elmridge

Language: English
Wordcount: 66,297 / 193 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 81.8
LoC Category: PZ
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Added to site: 2009.01.06
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Genre: Nature
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rawn through the holes. Another way is to draw the rod through two pieces of iron joined together, and with one end thrust into the ground to make it stand upright. The willow-peeler sits down before his instrument and merely thrusts the rod between the two pieces of iron and draws it out again. This proceeding scrapes the bark off one end, and then he turns it and fits it in the other way; so that by a simple process the whole rod is peeled. When the rods are quite prepared, they are again tied up in bundles and sold to the basket-makers.'"

"But how do they make the baskets?" asked Clara and Edith. "That is the nicest part."

"There is little to tell about it, though," said their governess, "because it is such easy work that any one can learn to do it. You saw the Indian women making baskets when papa took us to Maine last summer, and you noticed how very quickly they did it, beginning with the flat bottom and working rapidly up. It is a favorite occupation for the blind, and one of the things w

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