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Title: A history of the United States of America, its people, and its institutions
Year: 1915 (1910s)
Authors: Morris, Charles, 1833-1922
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Publisher: Philadelphia London : J.B. Lippincott Company
Contributing Library: The Library of Congress
Digitizing Sponsor: Sloan Foundation

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ay was in danger of beingfined, whipped, or set in the stocks.^ Swearing was pro-hibited in nearly all the colonies, and in New England asplit stick was sometimes placed on the swearers tongue. Houses.—The early dwellings were log huts, one storyhigh, with steep, thatched roofs. Some few were of brickor stone, two stories high. The chimneys at first were ^ Robert Pike, the sturdy opponent of witchcraft, had urgent busi-ness one Sunday which called him from home. As the Mow EnglandSunday began at six oclock Saturday evening and ended at the samehour on Sunday, he waited impatiently for the close of the day thathe might be off. The sun sank into a bank of clouds, and, taking thisas a good excuse for sunset, he mounted his horse and rode awav. Butthe sun was not down, and as he rode past the house of an unfriendlyneighbor its tell-tale beams shone through a rift in the clouds. Thenext day Mr. Pike found himself fined for travelling on Sunday. CUSTOMS AND CONDITIONS OF THE COLONIES. 133

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<W-J:– I A Block-House. made of wood smeared with clay. In later days the farm-house was generally built of huge timbers, hewed or split,and covered with roughclapboards. The upperstory often projected, sothat the inmates couldfire down on Indians ifattacked. Cooking-.—In thekitchen of the later andlarger houses yawned ahuge stone fireplace, heaped in winter with blazing logs that served alike for cook-ing and warming. Swinging cranes bore pots over the fire,and cooking was also done with the aid of spits and skilletson the hearth. Some houses had brick ovens, which wereheated with blazing wood, and retained the heat for hours.In these bread was baked, the ashes being first swept out. Furniture.—Oiled paper often took the place of glass inthe windows, and when glass was used the panes were smalland diamond-shaped.^ Furniture was scanty and largelyhome-made. Carpets were almost unknown, the floorsbeing often covered with sand, which was swept into orna-mental designs in the bes

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