The Grist Mill
UY and Freddy like to go down to the mill which stands by the side
of the brook.
There they watch the great wheel as the water dashes upon it and
turns it round and round to make the mill go.
See the water-wheel, how it goes
While the water so freely flows;
Always turning round and round,
Never idle is it found.
Once the miller let them go into the mill. He went with them and
took good care that they should not get into any danger. What a great
noise the mill made, and how hot and dusty it was in there! At the
sides of the room were bags filled with wheat and corn. The miller told
them that the wheat and corn which is brought to the mill is called grist.
Then he showed them the hoppers into which the grist is poured. There
was one hopper for the wheat, and one for the corn. The miller poured
corn into one hopper and showed the boys how it ran down between two
heavy stones and was ground into corn meal. Into the other hopper he
poured some wheat, which ran down between two other heavy stones and
was ground into flour. The miller showed them how this flour is sifted
until the bran is all taken out of it and only the fine white flour is left.