plain white muslin cost at least two dollars a yard. Some of the Loyalists had, indeed, a few remains of former splendour, such as feathered hats, gowns of brocaded silk, and shoes with silver buckles; but these were care-fully saved for very great occasions.
For years the people lived almost entirely Food. on fish, game, and wild fruits, which were all plentiful. Wheat was not much grown, for without proper mills it was difficult to grind, and pounded Indian corn was used instead of flour. Real tea was dear, but