Long Meadows

ByMinnie Hite Moody
To call a book a labor of love is sometimes to disparage it. Certainly, in setting out to write one hundred and fifty years of family history in the United States, love, like patriotism, would be very sketchy equipment indeed. But it just happens that Minnie Hite Moody, descendant of that Baron Joist Heydt who left Strassburg because of the Palatine persecutions, is a writer who has long since proved her ability. The result is that the close-packed pages of Long Meadows are better reading than a historical novel, and miles ahead of dry biography. The Hites followed the frontiers, and wars patterned their lives. They found fat lands and long domestic days; and they died on scattered battlefields. Though Long Meadows ends during the War between the States, the characters in the book would recognize the clouds which gather in our skies today, and by the same token we know with bright and terrible accuracy what they, our kin and our blood brothers, thought about in the twilight in, say, 1812.
F. W.