NCE upon a time there was a farm-house, and it was painted
white and had green blinds,
and it stood not far from the road. In the fence was a
wide gate to let the wagons
through to the barn. And the wagons, going through, had
made a track that went up
past the kitchen door and past the shed and past the
barn and past the orchard to the
In the orchard grew many apple-trees. Some had yellow apples and some had green apples and some had red apples and some had brown apples. And the yellow apples got ripe before the summer was over; but the green apples and the red apples and the brown apples were not ripe until the summer was over and it was beginning to get cold.
So, one day, after the summer was over and it was
beginning to get cold,
Then they stopped and Uncle John took a basket and
climbed up into the tree. And he picked
the apples very carefully and put them into the basket.
And when the basket was full, he climbed
down from the tree and emptied the basket carefully
into the cart. Then he climbed up
again and filled the basket again; and so he did until
the cart was full. Then
So Uncle John gathered all the apples from that tree and put them in the pen in the barn. Then he unhooked the tongue of the cart and took off the yoke, and the old oxen went to their places and went to sleep.
The next morning, Uncle Solomon and Uncle John and
little John all went out to the barn,
and they took little
Then Uncle John got out the old oxen
and they put their heads down low, and he put the yoke
over and the bows under and
hooked the tongue of the
Then little John sat down on the log and Uncle John put the apples in the chopper and chopped them up fine. Then he put some chopped apples, with some straw over them, in the place that was meant for apples, and then he took hold of the long handle, and walked around and around. That made the screw turn and the cover squeeze down on the apples so that the juice ran out below into the keg that was put there. And when the juice was all squeezed out of those apples, he walked around the other way, holding the handle, and that made the cover lift up. Then he took out the squeezed apples and put in some other apples and squeezed them the same way. And when all the apples in the cart had been squeezed, both kegs were full of juice. And they call the juice cider.
So Uncle John put the great stoppers that they call
bungs into the
Then Uncle John took the yoke off the oxen and they went into the barn and went to sleep.
After supper that evening, Uncle Solomon and Uncle John
were sitting in the
So little John took a pitcher down into the cellar, and his mother held a light while he put the pitcher under the spigot and turned the spigot; and the cider ran into the pitcher, and when enough had run in he turned the spigot the other way and the cider stopped running. Then he carried the cider up to his father, and his father drank it.
And when Uncle John had drunk the cider, he said to Uncle Solomon: "Father, that's pretty good cider; you'd better have some."
And Uncle Solomon said: "Don't care if I do." So little John had to go down cellar again and get another pitcher of cider.
Those two kegs of cider lasted for a while and then more apples were ripe and they made enough cider to last all winter and some to send to market besides.
And that's all.