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these were the intestines cleaned as a whistle & home-fed lard dripping & offal. The bladder would be blown up & tied & made a good football  the skin was hard as leather. You may think this was all revolting, but it was country life & very exciting  I never minded blood, which was O.K. for me as things turned out. Then there was the fair, which came every Whitsuntide & the Sunday School treat, when we went picnics & were given a bag with a bun & sandwiches & pop & a bag of sweets & ran races & had a book for a prize. Well! these childish things ended & I had to leave school. I was really broken hearted & scared. No way a girl at 14 could stay at home, out at work soon as possible  any money earned usually a few shilling went to Mum & she would give you 1/- back  Clothes were either provided by older sisters or home made or cut-me-downs or one joined a club & paid in 6d or 1/- every week when one could buy a really nice coat for 30/-  shoes about 4/11d a pair  underwear was shapeless, one wore a vest & bloomers, elasticated at waist & knee & very baggy, a liberty bodice or later a camisole on top. No bras then