A Catskill Woodsman: Mike Todd's Story - Purple Mountain Press


As told to Norman Studer

From "Yarns of a Catskill Woodsman--Closest to the Fire":

"This ain't no tale--it's a true story, very near as old as I am, but not quite. It happened in Delhi. An agent named Lyons traveled around on horseback taking orders for everything: orders for hardware, groceries, clothing stores. He even took orders for fruit trees.

Well, this fall Lyons came to a hotel in Delhi durin' court week. Delhi is the county seat of Delaware County. He was wet and cold, and he came into the main room and found a gang of lawyers seated around the fireplace. They wouldn't give Lyons a seat near the fire, so he sat off to one side.

The lawyers started asking questions of one thing or the other. They said, "You traveled all over the State, what's the custom in Unadilla?" Another asked, "What's the custom in Roxbury, Hobart?" They were making fun of him. One feller thought he'd be smarter than the rest. He said, "You've been all over the State. What's the custom in Hell?" Lyons said, "They're just about the same as they are here--all the lawyers closest to the fire!"

Norman Studer (1902-1978) educator, folklorist, poet, humanist, was the founder and educational director of Camp Woodland near Phoenicia, New York, for all its twenty-four years. In 1933 he bacame a teacher at the experimental Little Red Schoolhouse in Greenwich Village and later director (1951-1970) of Downtown Community School in New York City. Norman Studer's philosophy of education and humanitarian values made an indelible imprint on countless educators, students, and campers.

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