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A composite work including a great variety of subjects, but seldom having the most satisfactory account of any one of them. Rogers, J. E. : History of Agriculture and Prices; Six Centuries of Work and Wages; Economic Interpretation of History. Professor Rogers' work is very extensive and detailed, and his books were largely pioneer studies. His statistical and other facts are useful, but his general statements are not very valuable, and his conclusions are not convincing. Palgrave, R. H. : Dictionary of Political Economy.
The rod was of different lengths in different parts of the country, depending on local custom, but the most common length was that prescribed by statute, that is to say, sixteen and a half feet. The length of the acre, forty rods, has given rise to one of the familiar units of length, the furlong, that is, a "furrow-long," or the length of a furrow. A rood is a piece of land one rod wide and forty rods long, that is, the fourth of an acre. VILLAGE WITH OPEN FIELDS, NÖRTERSHAUSEN, NEAR COBLENTZ.
The breed of all farm animals was small, carts were few and cumbrous, the harvesting of grain was done with a sickle, and the mowing of grass with a short, straight scythe. The distance of the outlying parts of the fields from the farm buildings of the village added its share to the laboriousness of agricultural life. MODERN PLOUGHING WITH SIX OXEN IN SUSSEX. (Hudson, W. : Nature in Downland. ) The variety of food crops raised was small. Potatoes were of course unknown, and other root crops and fresh vegetables apparently were little cultivated.