from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as butter-spade.
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He was in deep thought that he seemed to work into the butter-paddle he was fashioning, whistling softly.
[Illustration: And Bud was beautiful in the "custom-made" fifteen-dollar gray cheviot with his violet eyes and yellow smock, in spite of his red ears] "Town girls are all movie-struck and don't want a man if a butter-paddle goes along with him," said Bud, with a laugh that was echoed from the overalled group.
"Is that a compliment to me and the milk, too?" laughed Rose Mary from over by the table as she again took up her butter-paddle.
The bases in this game instead of being bags are iron stakes about three feet high, the ball the size of a tennis ball, and the batting is done with one hand and with a bat that resembles a butter-paddle in shape and size.
"Every woman in Riverfield will have to put down needle and fry-pan and butter-paddle to feed them so plum full of compliments that they'll strut for a week.
"Here I sit enchanted by -- by a butter-paddle, when you and I both know that not two miles across the meadows there runs a train that ought to put me into New York in a little over forty-eight hours.