Dateline: 15 January 2014
|Drawing by Eric Sloane|
It takes a thousand men to get a load of fuel oil from the raw material to your furnace and probably as many to deliver a load of coal. It takes only one man, however, to make a pile of cordwood. Unlike a mess of oil or a heap of coal, a stack of wood is a living and gladdening thing to behold. It has long been the symbol of the double benefits of farm life, warming you twice—once when you cut it, another when you burn it. Actually, there is a third warming which is hard to define; and old almanac sys, "City homes are warmed by coal, but country hearths do warm the soul."
From the book, American Yesterday (1956)