OF REAPING, THRESHING, AND WINNOWING.
WELL then, continued I, after this it is likely I we shall have a harvest: so teach me, if you can, something about this too.
Yes, said he, unless you show yourself about this too quite as learned as I. Well, the corn has to be reaped, -- you know that?
Of course, replied I.
When you are reaping it, he asked, would you stand with your back or your face to the wind?
I should not face the wind, I replied, for it would be troublesome, both for eye and hand, to reap with chaff and sharp ears of corn flying into one's face.
And would you only cut off the tops, he asked, or crop it close to the ground?
If the stalks were short, I answered, I should cut it near the ground, that the straw may the rather be sufficient. But if long, I believe I