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Memoirs of My Great-grandfather James Albert Hirtle

I was browsing online tonight and found something I submitted online many years ago--the memoirs of my Great-grandfather, James Albert Hirtle.  Born in 1866 in Nova Scotia, he wrote his memoirs in 1955.  I hope you enjoy.  http://www.flora.org/nancy/lunenburg/james-albert-hirtle-1.html

Here's a glossary provided by someone whose name I apparently didn't write down:
Glossary 

Billet (noun): A piece of wood cut to a proper length for fuel; billet-wood. A thick stick used as a weapon.

Fitch (noun): A brush made of the hair of a polecat, also, a small hog's-hair brush.

Hornbeam (noun): A tree indigenous in England, so called from its hard, tough, close-grained wood. Also in America the Blue Beech , earlier called hard-beam.

Penstock (noun): A sluice for restraining or regulating the flow from a head of water formed by a pen as in a water-mill. A tube by which water is conveyed from a head of water into a turbine.  Also applied to the barrel of a pump.

Pipkin (noun): A small earthenware pot or pan, used chiefly in cookery. Pipkinet, a small pipkin.

Rick (noun): A stack of hay, corn, peas, etc, especially one regularly built and thatched; (verb) To form (hay, corn, etc.) into a rick; to stack.

Swingle (noun): A wooden instrument resembling a sword, used for beating and scraping flax or hemp so as to cleanse it of woody or coarse particles. The striking part or swipple of a flail; (verb) To swing or flourish about. To beat and scrape (flax or hemp) with a swingle, in order to cleanse it of the coarser particles.

With, withs (noun). Also withe, withes: A pliant twig or bough.

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