Book of Short Stories, By Fifth Grade Pupils

A Book Of Short Stories page 17


Milton Gaiser

Cotton is raised in the southern part of the United States. It requires plenty of rain, seven months growing season, rich soil, and a warm climate. Negroes work for the owners of the cotton plantation. Before the cotton gin was invented by Eli Whitney the negroes had to pick the seeds out of the cotton by hand. In 1916 the cotton boll weevil destroyed twenty-five million dollars worth of cotton, so now many of the plantation owners raise vegetables instead. The cotton seed oil is made into soap and salad oil. The United States raises more cotton than any other country in the world. I would like to see a cotton plantation.

Milton Gaiser

School No. 25