would put on their husband's old overcoats and wrap up their little ones and take one or two of them on their beasts.
Their husbands would walk, and thus they would go to church, frequently remaining till the second day before they returned home.”
The old men starting from the fields and out of the woods would carry their guns on their shoulders and go also.
They dressed in deer-skin pants, moccasins, and coarse hunting shirts — the latter usually fastened with a rope or leather strap.
Arriving at the house where services were to be held they would recite to each other thrilling stories of their hunting exploits, and smoke their pipes with the old ladies.
They were treated, and treated each other, with the utmost kindness.
A bottle of liquor, a pitcher of water, sugar, and glasses were set out for them; also a basket of apples or turnips, with, now and then, a pie or cakes.
Thus they regaled themselves till the preacher found himself in a condition to begin.
The latter, having also partaken freely of the refreshments provided, would “take his stand, draw his coat, open his shirt collar
, read his text, and preach and pound till the sweat, produced alike by his exertions and the exhilarating effects of the toddy, rolled from his face in great drops.
Shaking hands and singing ended the service.”
The houses were scattered far apart, but the people travelled great distances to participate in the frolic and coarse fun of a log-rolling and sometimes a wedding.
Unless in mid-winter the young ladies carried their shoes in their hands, and only