from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A mode of cultivating the soil and improving it by means of deep digging with the spade instead of using the subsoil-plow.
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But I am surprised that the economists, who have so clearly shown the disadvantages of spade-husbandry, have failed to see that it is caused entirely by property; above all, that they have not perceived that their plan for mobilizing the soil is a first step towards the abolition of property.
I will close my talk upon the Bible by offering a specimen of such spade-husbandry.
Then, practise also a diligent _spade-husbandry_ in your Bible study.
No doubt Cyril Carey would be glad to have Ned's chance; Cyril, who had renounced his delicate plush vests and Indian gold chains and charms, his loitering and dawdling, and taken to a shabby shooting-suit and spade-husbandry.
The investment of small savings in land with a view to spade-husbandry, was a few years ago brought prominently before the working-classes.