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On a bluff overlooking the valley of 1 of
Western Virginia's mountain streams stands to-
day, because it has stood for 100 years, a sq.
stone condo. whilst first erected, it served extra
than as soon as as a safe haven from the Indians who, in
friendly in addition to adverse temper, infested the re-
gion ; and although the marks of the fray can nonetheless
be traced, so securely used to be it formed, this
sturdy constitution, that the redskins deserted
the struggle, for the roof used to be of tiling introduced from
England and repeatedly refused to take hearth
from the burning arrows solid for the aim,
and the door and window facings have been of iron-
like oak which declined to betray the combating
men, ladies and kids whom it secure.
Built by means of the unique Fielding — "Ole Mas'
Henry," the negroes known as him — whilst the
broad acres of efficient river backside and fer-
tile hillsides, so far as the attention may well achieve on
both facets of the river, have been his, surrounded by way of
a huge woodland of oak timber (remains of the orig-
inal development of bushes) and one colossal shell-
bark hickory, it was once a pleasant retreat to these
who famous Nature and her methods. The extensive
graveled stroll which prolonged throughout the garden
was bordered via cedars planted via this related
Fielding, whose love for the woods and wild existence
left its galvanize on all his possessions.
Across the line less than the nice home is the
long line of white-washed negro quarters. those
are now quick falling into decay ; just one, "Mam*
Phyllis'," cabin is occupied, and that no longer by means of
"Mam' Phyllis" nor her daughter Lucretia, for
the hand which in slavery days twined the hop
vines over the thatch and educated the hardy move-
ers to bloom within the small dooryard, has moul-
dered for lots of a yr in an venerated grave on
the hillside, and Lucretia is a hard-working
grandmother in nation.
Mose and Lucy, too, are long past. This necessary
couple occupied the cabin subsequent to "Mam* Phyl-
lis." Lucy's mattress used to be a surprise to all who observed it
— made up of goose feathers and plumped to an
amazing extension — who may possibly yet ask yourself, on
beholding it, that the occupant didn't smother
in its embody. geared up with a wealth of many-
hued quilts of wondrous designs and luxury-
ables adequate for 2 such locations of repose, and
last of all a coverlid of blue-and-white trend,
woven through the tireless arms of the industrious
negress, from the wool clipped from the flock of
sheep that dotted the mountainside, carded by way of
her busy playing cards, then dyed, spun, and woven by means of
the related made up our minds hand which saved every thing
spick and span fresh in her adored domestic.
This extraordinary mattress was once piled upon a mahog-
any bedstead. She could have instructed you with
shining eyes that her mistress gave it to her while
she first went to house responsibilities. All this luxurious
was surmounted by way of significant pillows in crudely
decorated situations. the entire room used to be provided
with cast-off issues from the good apartment, every one
carefully repaired and guarded by way of its appre-
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