American Motherhood Volume 18
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from ... Show synopsis This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1903 Excerpt: ... air under the first floor of the house. Furnishings, of course, differ materially in character also; for, while in our cold northern winters thick hangings, a warm floor-covering, and a cushioned chair are the acme of comfort, in the south they would be discarded with horror as being an oppression to the body and a likely harbor for vermin. Nature in its varying manifestations cannot by any known human agency be changed to suit the taste of the individual, who must therefore conform to it in building his habitation. But, while nature is fixed and unalterable, from the most primitive times there have been at work forces in man himself which have acted upon the planning and building of his house, --growth in knowledge chiefly and changes in economic conditions. In tracing the course of these alterations and modifications, it will perhaps be interesting to consider the ancient Scandinavian dwelling, the ancestor of those we live in to-day. Its forerunner was in all likelihood a cave; but, in the form which we wish to observe, it had come to be a huge barn-like structure of sufficient size to shelter the whole family, with its branches and dependants, which latter included the live stock belonging to the establishment. Its frame was of wood; its low walls, covered with sod, supported a roof sloping gently and rising to a great height, upon whose surface, of turf decked out with grass and flowers, sometimes grazed the domestic animals. Within was one huge apartment, lighted and warmed by a roaring fire in the middle, whose smoke, the only outlet for which was a small hole in the peak of the roof, must have acted as a much-needed disinfectant in the absence of other sanitary agents, including air and sunlight. The furniture was scarce and simple, consisting of be..