By Betty MacDonald

Relates the thrill and frustrations of existence on a fowl farm within the mountains of Washington.

summary: Relates the thrill and frustrations of lifestyles on a bird farm within the mountains of Washington

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Of L. by making all his employees work on Labor Day. “Go pinch somebody who can’t type,” she told a surprised and amorous lumber exporter. “Henry Ford has proven that a rest period and something; to eat in the morning and afternoon raises efficiency two hundred per cent and as Henry Ford’s got a lot better job than you have, I’m going out for coffee,” she told the personnel manager of an insurance company. ” Even though Mary’s jobs didn’t last long, she never had any trouble getting new ones. All the employment agency people loved her and she enjoyed applying for new jobs.

Mary said, “He didn’t mean this flume, Betsy dear, he meant flumes that go into dams or end up in waterfalls. Of course, those flumes are very, very dangerous, but this old thing,” she patted the flume like an old dog, “is perfectly safe. ” Cautiously I again knelt and peered down into the long green tunnel and it did seem much safer. At least it was perfectly quiet and I couldn’t hear the roar of any waterfalls. “Let’s just slide a little way in it and then crawl out again,” Mary suggested. “You go first,” I said.

Then one lovely hot summer’s day, Mary and I decided to go huckleberrying. Dressed in overalls and straw hats and each swinging a little lard pail, with a lid, by its wire handle, we started off. It was a wonderful day. The sun was hot and the air was filled with the delicious smell of hot pine needles and huckleberry juice. We found a big spruce gum tree and pried off mildewed-looking hunks and chewed them. We found the bitter pitchy flavor of the gum mixed well with the tart huckleberries. We also found that we could lie on our backs under the huckleberry bushes and scrape the berries into our buckets.

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