Hog killing and pork making on the farm have become almost lost arts in these days of mammoth packing establishments which handle such enormous numbers of swine at all seasons of the year. Yet the progressive farmer of to-day should not only provide his own fresh and cured pork for family use, but also should be able to supply at remunerative prices such persons in his neighborhood as appreciate the excellence and general merit of country or "homemade" pork product. This is true, also, though naturally in a less degree, of the townsman who fattens one or two pigs on the family kitchen slops, adding sufficient grain ration to finish off the pork for autumn slaughter.
Letters of a Woman Homesteader by Elinore Pruitt Stewart - The writer of the following letters is a young woman who lost her husband in a railroad accident and went to Denver to seek support for herself and her two-year-old daughter, Jerrine. Turning her hand to the nearest work, she went out by the day as house-cleaner and laundress. Later, seeking to better herself, she accepted employment as a housekeeper for a well-to-do Scotch cattle-man, Mr. Stewart, who had taken up a quarter-section in Wyoming. The letters, written through several years to a former employer in Denver, tell the story of her new life in the new country. They are genuine letters, and are printed as written, except for occasional omissions and the alteration of some of the names. 4 Park St.
A Victorian tale of murder and intrigue taking place on a snowy Christmas in 1897...During a bitter snowstorm, a mysterious stranger descends on the Netheridges' country home in Whitby, where a group of renowned actors have gathered to prepare a Boxing Day production of Dracula. Amidst an atmosphere of competing theatrical egos and artistic disagreements, the unknown Mr Ballin is brutally murdered. Determined to uncover the truth, but without help from the police who cannot reach the house through the snow, Caroline Fielding begins to investigate the circumstances surrounding the puzzling affair. Who was the victim? Was his appearance at the house as innocent and as circumstantial as he professed? And which of the guests knows more than they are letting on?
Ambrosine Thermutis Smith is a fictional character from the equally fictional Guinep Hill, a small, unknown district somewhere in the Caribbean. She arrives in the United States and experiences the culture shock that is common to most immigrants from the Caribbean. The resilient Ambrosine finds ways to survive 'Foreign' and adapt to her new environment while maintaining her sense of humor and her love for her homeland. Ambrosine represents the displaced immigrant whose journey has been chronicled in numerous volumes. The story remains the same: the decision to assimilate or maintain one's culture, recognizing for the first time that one is a minority and an alien dreaming of the return to the motherland and the way it used to be. The stories contained in Country Gal a Foreign are the voices of the many who come to 'Foreign' in the hopes of a better life or better opportunities. The idiom "Laughter is the best medicine" proves truthful for many who find that adjusting to a completely new culture is not as easy as they had envisioned and that 'apples were not available for the picking' and 'Uncle Sam is only uncle to some'. Ambrosine's journey is every immigrant's journey, though they may take different paths. She looks back with nostalgia at what she left behind in her homeland but recognizes that, in order to survive her new home, she must adapt and learn the 'foreign words'. Ambrosine makes us laugh, perhaps because there is a little bit of her in all of us, the side that learns to laugh, even in the face of adversity.
This Christmas, a tragic loss at Fort Laramie ushers in hope and healing.When a young mother dies after giving birth at Fort Laramie, Emmie Croftner is shaken by the death of her dear friend--and reminded of the dangers of childbirth. She won't be able to hide her own pregnancy much longer. She's dreading the day that Isaac Liddle, the handsome soldier she adores, discovers her secret.Then the young infant's father offers a solution: Emmie should marry him so the child can have a family.With the Sioux Wars threatening soldier and civilian alike, a ready-made family could be the answer to Emmie's prayers for safety. But at what cost to her heart--and Isaac's?
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