SLAVE LIFE IN GEORGIA. 179
elastic, will "swell back," and the bag will not
weigh the right weight, namely, from three hun¬
dred and fifty pounds, or over. The packer has
no guide but the hardness of the cotton to <r0
by; so that it is pretty much guess-work with
him. If his bag should be short in weight, or he
does not keep up with the jin, he gets a flogging.
The average day's packing is two bags for each
man. Packing is very hard, oppressive work.
The dust and fibres fly about in thick clouds, and
get into the chest, checking respiration, and in¬
juring the lungs very seriously. It is a common
thing for the slaves to sicken off with chest
diseases, acquired in the packing-room or jin-
house, and to hear them wheezing and couo-hino-
like broken-winded horses, as they crawl about
to the work that is killing them.
As a closing remark on the subject of cotton-
growing, I may say that cotton-lands work out in
two years, when they require rest. Corn is sown
on them for a rotation, one year, which is often
ploughed in green. The fourth year the land is
quite fit for another sowing of cotton. The
average produce per acre varies more than any
thing else that is grown.
I will now give an account of the cultivation of