National Geographic : 1943 Dec
The National Geographic Magazine "Boy! Won't Jane Jump When We Put That Down Her Back!" Sent to the spring for a bucket of water for the school, two boys find a little lizard that gives them an idea for a prank. The question is whether to put it in the teacher's desk or use it to scare the girls. "Don't you go takin' my picture, Joe Clark," she said. "My har ain't been combed this day." The eternal feminine! She went into the house and got a comb. While she was putting her hair in order, Joe snapped the picture. Uncle Wiley, roused by the sound of con versation, hobbled out to the porch. "He's been sleepin' most of the day," Aunt Nora said. "Seems this warm weather makes him drowsy." Uncle Wiley was dressed in overalls, the invariable mountain costume. They were faded from much washing but spotless. Ev erything about Aunt Nora's house was clean, though the place showed marks of poverty. "How is Viola?" Joe asked. "She got a ketch in her leg yesterday settin' 'baccy," Aunt Nora answered. "Reckon she worked hit out, though. She an' her sister an' the boys is gone alookin' for wild straw berries. They can't finish settin' the baccyy till hit rains." "I'd like to see you and Uncle Wiley gin some cotton," Joe suggested. A Homemade Cotton Gin Obligingly Aunt Nora brought out a home made gin, and she and Uncle Wiley, sitting with the contraption supported between their chairs, turned the handles and removed the seeds from a handful of cotton grown on the farm. The gin is a simple device-two rollers set close together and turned by hand cranks in opposite directions so that the cotton which Aunt Nora fed between them was slowly cleaned of seeds. "Some folks has 'brought-on' [factory made] gins," Aunt Nora explained, "but a friend of ourn made this'n."