Teaching Cleveland

Lesson 2

SHORT STORY - "A MEAL IN THE NEW CABIN"
by Kathleen Winterbottom, The Story of Cleveland, 1957

Can you guess what the pioneer mothers worried about? It was food, food for their hungry families.

Mrs. Carter was worried when she first came to Cleveland. The building of their new home had kept them busy. They got up with the sun and worked until dark. The fresh air and hard work made them very hungry.

Would you like to peep inside the new cabin? The Carters are eating their first dinner in their new home. Mother and Father are seated on puncheon benches. The children are standing. They are excited. They are talking very fast.

"Oh, Mother, this looks like a feast. Where did you get all this good food?" asked Laura.

"I can guess," interrupted Alonzo. "I saw Mrs. Stiles and Mrs. Gun going home as I came from the spring."

"Yes, Alonzo, our good neighbors brought it to us. What would we have done without such kind neighbors?" Mother exclaimed.

"Oh, Mother, may I please have some of what is in the big trencher. It smells so good. It smells like rabbit stew," said Laura.

It is rabbit stew, Laura. And today there is plenty for all," answered Mother.

First the family had rabbit stew and hot johnnycake or corn bread. Then Mother poured cups of fresh milk for them. The children took the cups of fresh milk outside. They sat on the tree stumps near the door.

"Oh, Laura, doesn't this milk taste good? I am glad Father brought our cow with us, aren't you?"

Father came outside the cabin and said, "I am sorry that you have to stand while eating. I will make puncheon stools for you very soon. But tomorrow I must go hunting. Mother needs food to keep us well and strong."

"Oh, Father, may I go with you?" begged Alonzo.

"We shall see," said Father.


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