The railroads, controlling rates, and the bankers and stock exchange gamesters, controlling prices, had long since bled the farmers into indebtedness.
Thus the farmers were compelled to borrow more and more, while they were prevented from paying back old loans.
And as a result of this Telephone Crusade, there are now nearly twenty thousand groups of farmers, each one with a mutual telephone system, and one-half of them with sufficient enterprise to link their little webs of wires to the vast Bell system, so that at least a million farmers have been brought as close to the great cities as they are to their own barns.
As yet, few farmers have learned to appreciate the value of quality in telephone service, as they have in other lines.
Ask the woman," said the farmer
, nodding over his shoulder.
Benjy paused, in hopes of drawing the farmer
at once on the subject of his ailments without further direct application.
observed it, and concluding I must soon die, resolved to make as good a hand of me as he could.
Coleman has reported chiefly the expensive experiments of gentlemen farmers
, my outgoes were,--
opened the lid a little way, and saw him inside.
After this last warning, the Farmer
went into the house and closed the door and barred it.
I think I'll make the other a little bigger,'" said the farmer
, seeing before him this figure in full armour brandishing a lance over his head, gave himself up for dead, and made answer meekly, "Sir Knight, this youth that I am chastising is my servant, employed by me to watch a flock of sheep that I have hard by, and he is so careless that I lose one every day, and when I punish him for his carelessness and knavery he says I do it out of niggardliness, to escape paying him the wages I owe him, and before God, and on my soul, he lies.
But, father, don't you think that a young woman equally pure and virtuous as Miss Chant, but one who, in place of that lady's ecclesiastical accomplishments, understands the duties of farm life as well as a farmer
himself, would suit me infinitely better?
who told it was elderly and flourishing.
had a horse that had been an excellent faithful servant to him: but he was now grown too old to work; so the farmer
would give him nothing more to eat, and said, 'I want you no longer, so take yourself off out of my stable; I shall not take you back again until you are stronger than a lion.