Decisions: The Ancient Right of Cows

The sight of Farmer Austin Stottlemyer's 50 handsome Holstein cows moseying down the main street of Antietam Furnace might have seemed properly bucolic to a casual visitor. But not to the natives of the little (pop. 51) Maryland village. Stottlemyer was careful to obey the state law—one farm hand walked in front of the herd and one behind—but the villagers complained that the cows obstructed traffic, trampled flower beds, and left a trail of manure that was not only tracked into houses but sometimes caused children to slip and fall perilously close...

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