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328 JLOWELIi AND ITS OPERATIVES.
Two Hundred Years Ago, The Fawtuckets, A...
in a happy hunting ground , where her Brave would pursue his game in deep forestsand spear his fish in running waters ; but
with no hiher irations , than to be the slave thereas hereof him who should gasp take her to his wigwam to grind his , corn and ,
dress his game . A hundred years later the artist would have found the scene at
the same place changed , and now called Chelmsford . The forest felledthe lands tilledcattle grazing on the hill-side and in the
pastures , , or cooling themselves , in the shallow edges of the streams ; the Rapids foaming and _roaring as of yore , but on the banks , here
and there a neat farm-house , before which rows of polished milk pans of thrift shine and in c the omfort sunli ; g sturd ht like y yeomen silver . in Well ic homespun -filled barn " s driving , indicative the
, plough ; comely matrons busy at household duties ; under the porch , a rosy-cheeked lass , whose blue eyes and fair hair tell her
Anglo-Saxon origin ; clad in garments she has made from the raw materialand fashioned in a style of rigid propriety . As she spins ,
maiden and , wheel sing at their labour . Sabbath services in the village church , the free school a part of the year , evening singing
school , " quiltings _, " "huskings , " and " apple bees / ' bound the experience of the Puritan maiden . She has been religiously
taught ; her faith is as firm as the : granite hills , and has some features almost as hard .
A century later , and the scene is again changed . In the same placenow Lowellwe see an American manufacturing city—a
Yankee , Venicewith , the waters of the Merrimack divided and subdivided into , canals , dispensing the moving power to the several
corporations . The margin of the river bordered with large edifices Rve and six stories high . Leading from these , pleasant
streets , lined by " blocks" of two and three story buildings . These piles of red brick as clean and fresh looking as if just
erected . In strong contrast , in other parts of the city snow-white dwellingswith green Venetian blinds , peep out from amid the
foliage . , School-houses , many of them large and handsome edifices , scattered all over the city area . Numerous church-spires point
heavenward . On an elevated site , in beautiful grounds , and overlooking the city and surrounding country , a spacious hospital for
imposing sick operatives architecture , a court _^ - Marts house , of jail trade , and , showing other public the business buildings , life of ,
and prosperity of a city in which there is as much capital invested as there is in the rest of the state , and one-fourth as much as in the
United States . Two : _" commons , " one of twenty acres and the other of nine , kept in order and beautified for public use by annual
appropriations . A mile from the confluence of the rivers is a cemetery containing forty acresembracing the natural beauties of
woodland , water , and diversified , surface ; embellished with costly
monuments , and consecrated as a _" garden of graves . " In it repose
328 Jlowelii And Its Operatives.
328 _JLOWELIi AND ITS OPERATIVES .
English Woman’s Journal (1858-1864), July 1, 1863, page 328, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/ewj/issues/ewj_01071863/page/40/