This reading is from Mollie E. M. Davis's 1899 novel, "The Wire-Cutters." Much of the novel is set in frontier Texas of the 1880s. In this selection, country folks have gathered for a Christmas dinner and dance at the home of one family, the Crouches. There is dancing and boiled candy pulling outside in the icy cold night. For more about early western writers, go to buddiesinthesaddle.blogspot.com.