Yarn Ones Knitted at Home

"Presently the United States mail arrived, on horseback. There was but one letter, and it was for the postmaster. The long-legged youth who carried the mail tarried an hour to talk, for there was no hurry; and in a little while the male population of the village had assembled to help. As a general thing, they were dressed in homespun "jeans," blue or yellow--there were no other varieties of it; all all wore one suspender and sometimes two--yarn ones knitted at home,--some wore vests, but few wore coats. Such coats and vests as did appear, however, were rather picturesque than otherwise, for they were made of tolerably fanciful patterns of calico--a fashion which prevails there to this day among those of the community who have tastes above the common level and are able to afford style. . . . many hats were present, but none were erect and no two were canted just alike. We are speaking impartially of men, youths and boys." (12)

Twain, Mark, and Charles Dudley Warner. The Gilded Age: A Tale of To-day. American Publishing Company, 1873.

These boys really start with a bang! Now you know what kind of town it is. If you'd like to know about their whiskers, pick up a copy....

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