The Delia Mahon Collection
Delia Mahon - 5th or 6th class student
Man has discovered useful plants which help him to eke out his existence. There are two kinds of plants namely cultivated and uncultivated. Cultivated are those which we have to till the soil for, uncultivated are those we never have to take care of after we plant them. First we select the best seed, secondly we manure them and thirdly we weed them carefully.
There are different kinds of cultivated plants namely – grain, vegetable, fruits and fibres. The grain is produced from all kinds of grasses such as oats, barley and rye. There are many kinds of vegetables as potatoes, cabbages, peas, beans etc. The fruit consists of gooseberries, currants, apples, plums, cherries, grapes etc and the fibres of flax, jute and cotton.
If we had no cultivation we should suffer many hardships, we should have nothing to live on but fish and animals and if the whole country had to live on these things, the stock would soon die out and then we should cease to exist. But so long as we keep cultivating the ground there will be no scarcity of food and the people will be able to support their families and live happily.
Editor’s Note: Above Essay is from Delia Mahon’s 1906-1907 school year copybook
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