The mule, which was for a long time the symbol of Southern agriculture, gave way to mechanization and vanished from the scene in North Carolina. Kammerer gives a touching remembrance of the importance of the mule on the farm. It was believed that mules attracted lightning, that kissing a mule prevented scarlet fever and seeing a gray mule was good luck. He retells several stories about mules from Pitt County and believes them to be beautiful creatures and knew they knew they were. Tobacco production was directly related to the population of mules in Pitt County. J.W. Page allegedly had the smartest mule in Pitt County in 1892. A man from Beaver Dam Township had a hog in a mule-drawn cart in December 1892 and the hog bit the mule's tail and resulted in the man's arrival to his destination in record timing. Bryant Hardee used a mule to pick up some tobacco flues in Greenville in July 1895; Charles Case reported owning the oldest mule in Pitt County in March 1901; and M.L. Barber owned one of the ugliest mules.