ID AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JOHN FRITZ
which is important, they being much more Hkely to keep well than if put away wet and dirty. After you have driven up the cows, come to the field."
It was the custom on the farm to go to work at sunrise, the women doing the milking, properly putting the milk in place, and feeding the young stock and chickens before breakfast, which was taken at seven o'clock. After break¬ fast we again went to the field, all having been previously arranged for the plow. It was started and a furrow was made as close to the potatoes as possible without injury to them. Then spades or shovels were used to turn them out. There was no use for old rye in digging potatoes, conse¬ quently not so much water was used. My duties were, therefore, changed to that of picking potatoes, a task which did not to me savor much of a promotion, as it required neither technical nor practical knowledge; but being a private, it was my duty to obey commands and to faithfully do as ordered. My father being a particular man and at times exacting (at least as a boy I often thought so), every- tliing had to be done in the best possible and most careful manner, consequently the potatoes were put in a basket and gently placed in the cart or wagon without a bruise or an abrasion of even the outer skin.
I mention this fact as an illustration not only of how I was taught to pick potatoes, but also of how I was taught to do everything, for aU I was called on to do had to be done in a like manner, to the best of my ability. And I unhesi¬ tatingly say that much of the success that I may have attained in life is largely due to the careful and exacting training received in early youth from a kind and exacting father.
It was early in the hot month of August and a hot day. In picking potatoes you can neither stand erect, sit, nor lie down, but must be in a stooping position, and as the hot