Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small building constructed over a spring or brook, where milk, fresh meat, etc., are placed in order to be kept cool in or near the running water.
“The rattlesnakes could take the spring-house, for all he cared—he had already removed his whiskey jug.”
“It was nothing to him but a deserted spring-house.”
“Likewise, the spring-house door suddenly opened and out popped a funny, little old lady.”
“She come into de kitchen one time where I was helpin 'git de dinner ready an' de cook had gone to de spring-house, an 'she says:”
“It was this: There was a certain cave (originally a spring-house) behind the walnut trees, quite covered over with trumpet-vines and partridge-berries.”
“Then he carries the cans to the spring-house where it is cool, and leaves them overnight by the well.”
“The old stone house in front, the spring-house in a green little hollow just below it, the walled garden, with its clumps of box and lilac, and the vast barn on the left, all joined in expressing a silent welcome to their owner, as he drove up the lane.”
“Abram used to say that if I started to the spring-house, I'd go by way o 'the front porch and the front yard and the back porch and the back yard and the flower gyarden and the vegetable gyarden to git there.”
“Sam'd killed chickens the night before, 'says she,' and they was all dressed and ready, down in the spring-house; and the vegetables was right there on the back porch, but I never touched 'em, 'says she.”
“And Milly jest looked him square in the face, and says she, 'The chickens are in the spring-house and the vegetables out on the back porch, and,' says she,”
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