“The Man Who Stuck to the Plow,” from the Christian Science Monitor, reprinted in the French Broad Hustler, November 1, 1917
The average citizen of the United States this year owes at least a thought
of appreciation to the farm hand who stood by his rake and his plow and refused
the lure of higher wages in the cities and larger towns. There was surely
something besides selfishness in the motives that caused these men to work in
many cases from 12 to 14 hours for a wage of $3 a day, when unskilled labor was
bringing $5 for an eight-hour day within 12 hours’ ride from the average
eastern farm. Not only have the farm hands helped to sow and cultivate, but
thousands of them are still at work on the soil, gathering in a record harvest.
One seldom hears of strikes among farm hands, yet few laborers work so long and
so energetically as do they.