A Tar-Heel Baron

A Tar-Heel Baron

by Mabell S. C. Smith


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Friedrich von Rittenheim
The incongruity of his manner of life was patent to all who saw. The mountaineers around him recognized it, but they attributed it to the fact of his being a foreigner. The more cultivated folk realized that a man of the world who bore every mark of good birth and breeding was indeed out of place in the gray jeans of the North Carolina farmer, guiding the plough with his own hand.
At first no one knew just how to take him, even to the calling of his name. Baron Friedrich Johann Ludwig-and a half-dozen more-von Rittenheim was a good deal to compass. The farmers and the negroes finally settled upon "Mr. Baron."
As to "taking him," it was he who took them, and by storm. He was as poor as his poorest neighbors, that was evident, so they felt no jealousy, and laid aside the mistrust which is the countryman's shield and buckler. He asked agricultural instruction from the men, was courteously respectful to the women, and played with the children. Among those of more gentle birth there was little question of their reception of him after once he had ridden to their doors, making the first visit, as in the old country. To be sure, he had appeared astride a mule, but neither his mount nor his dress could conceal a soldierly bearing that made him the envy of every man who saw him. And he had but to click his heels together and make his queer foreign bow that displayed the top of his fair head, and to kiss the fingers of the "gnädige Frau," to win the hearts of all the women. His English, in itself, was no small charm, for, though he had conquered his w's and th's, his use of idiom was ever new.

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ISBN-13: 9781497350120
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 03/18/2014
Pages: 102
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.21(d)

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