8 AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JOHN FRITZ
butt; unfortunately, however, he would never forget it and often became troublesome and at times vicious, frequently practicing his early learned tricks on people, much to their annoyance and sometimes to their detriment, which caused timid people to give him a wide berth. At times some of his butting was amusing to spectators, but annoying to his victims.
Children on a farm also get a correct knowledge of all domestic animals, such as learning how to take care of the noble horse — to handle, harness, and drive him. They also learn about the forests, —the names of the various trees, and their peculiar properties, the character of the wood, and the various purposes it is used for. They have an excellent opportunity to study botany, learning the names of flowers and plants and how to cultivate them. They visit the orchard, and in season pluck the ripe and delicious fruit from the trees with their ovra little hands and eat it with a relish that they will never experience in after hfe. They hear the birds sing and admire their beautiful plum¬ age, and learn their manner of building their nests and rearing their young. They learn a useful and instructive lesson from the industrious ant and the busy bee. The study of the habits of the bee is an exceedingly interesting one, not only to naturalists, but to all people who take an interest in the habits of the more intelligent insects, amongst which the bee ranks high. They visit the sweet little brook and see the small fish darting through the water; they wade and dabble in the stream, which is as clear and fine as their own dear little hearts. Where can children have such an opportunity to commime with nature as on the well-regulated farm? Moreover, the information gained in early youth is frequently retained in the mind, when that which is gained in after years is forgotten.
Between the ages of six and seven years my farm labors