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[American Story] 【整理】SENEWS-2008-0223-FEATURE On The Road (2)

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“And I try to do it well.” I asked him, which brought him more satisfaction, being a professor or being a cleaning man. He smiled and said, “it is not fair to ask me a question like that. I think I’ll have to say that every age in life has its own rewards. “I am still look at head”, this 85-year-old man said, “I do not want to die. There is too much fun in the world and a lot of good folks, a lot of them and good books to read and fish to catch and pretty women to look at and good men to know. Why? Life is a joy.”

 

Charles Kuralt also visited pilot town of Louisiana, near the mouth of the Mississippi River. All the houses there are built on thick wooden legs, so that they would not be washed away when the river floods. The community can be reached only by boat or sea plane. That is where he met Andy Spire. Andy Spire was a hunter and fisherman. He read books written in the Greek language. And for ten years he was the only teacher in a one-room school. Why did he stay in such a lonely place? “Well,” he said, “they have trouble to get teachers to live here. Somebody has to teach the children.”

 

As they continued driving across the United States looking for interesting stories, the other road team found a green mill on a little river in the state of Maryland. The man who operated the mill was Captain Frank Languill. He was 81 years old. The Winchester Mill Ground Cone for settlers in 1681. A hundred years later in ground cone for army of General George Washington during America’s war for independence from Britain. And it was still grinding corn almost 200 years after that. It must have been the oldest continuously operated business in the country yet the mill did not interest me as much as the miller. He had been working beside his mill stone for 65 years. Asked he tired of the job, “Yes,” Frank Languill said, “yes, there really is no more confidence in it any more, but these farmers depend on me, you see. There is no other place around here to grind their corn. ”

 

In professor John Franklin Smith, teacher / and miller Frank Languill I saw American’s assort I have never known before. They were linked to the places where they lived. And they worked not so much for themselves.

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