| Stories of Great Americans for Little Americans|
|by Edward Eggleston|
|Very simply told stories of warriors, statesmen, explorers, scientists, inventors, men and women of letters, and others. Featured are Marquette in Iowa, Penn and the Indians, Thomas Smith and the beginning of rice culture in South Carolina, Franklin and the ants, Putnam and the wolf, and dozens of other stories. Ages 7-9 |
THE STORY OF A WISE WOMAN
 YOU have read how Thomas Smith first raised rice in
his death there lived in South Carolina a wise young woman. She
showed the people how to raise another plant. Her name was
The father of Miss Lucas did not live in
Carolina. He was
governor of one of the islands of the West Indies. Miss Lucas was
fond of trying new things. She often got seeds from her father. These
she planted in South Carolina.
Her father sent her some seeds of the indigo plant. She sowed some
of these in March. But there came a frost. The indigo plant cannot
stand frost. Her plants all died.
But Miss Lucas did not give up. She sowed some more seeds in April.
These grew very well until a cut-worm found them. The worm wished to
try new things, too. So he ate off the indigo plants.
But Miss Lucas was one of the people who try, try again. She had lost
her indigo plants twice. Once more she sowed some of the seed. This
time the plants grew very well.
Miss Lucas wrote to her father about it. He
 sent her a man who knew
how to get the indigo out of the plant.
The man tried not to show Miss Lucas how to make the indigo. He did
not wish the people in South Carolina to learn how to make it. He was
afraid his own people would not get so much for their indigo.
So he would not explain just how it ought to be done. He spoiled the
indigo on purpose.
But Miss Lucas watched him closely. She found out how the indigo ought
to be made. Some of her father's land in South Carolina was now
planted with the indigo plants.
Then Miss Lucas was married. She became Mrs. Pinckney. Her father
gave her all the indigo growing on his land in South Carolina. It was
all saved for seed. Some of the seed Mrs. Pinckney gave to her
friends. Some of it her husband sowed.
 It all grew, and was made into
that blue dye that we call indigo. When it is used in washing clothes,
it is called bluing.
In a few years, more than a million pounds of indigo were made in
South Carolina every year. Many people got rich by it. And it was all
because Miss Lucas did not give up.
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