100 years ago in COUN­TRY LIFE

Au­gust 11, 1917

Country Life Every Week - - Town & Country Notebook -

ONE of the re­gret­table fea­tures of hay time and corn har­vest is the dis­ap­pear­ance of the gangs of Ir­ish helpers whose ad­vent was hailed with so much sat­is­fac­tion in the Mid­lands. They were al­ways ex­pected, but none could tell the time of their com­ing and year af­ter year the whole gang was the same. Each man car­ried a car­pet bag big enough to sleep in at a pinch, and their tools, sick­les and scythes, each blade wrapped with rags, over their shoul­ders. Their num­bers grew less with the ad­vent of ma­chines and now they have prac­ti­cally ceased to come and the name ‘wild Ir­ish­man’ is a dy­ing mem­ory.—thomas Rat­cliffe

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