Boll-weevil: a six millimeter long beetle which feeds on flowers and cotton bud. In the 1920s, these beetles infested and destroyed many cotton-growing areas in the south.


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“I works to suit de man whut pays me Sat’dy night,” he says. “When I does dat, it don’t leave me a whole lot of time to please other folks.” He screwed up a nut. “Ain’t nobody works much in dis country cep de boll-weevil, noways,” he says. (TSAF 189).