Homesteading: Two Prairie Seasons

Homesteading: Two Prairie Seasons

by Edward West
     
 
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ISBN-13:
2940026677634
Publisher:
T.F. Unwin ltd
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HOMESTEADING CHAPTER I WEST BOUND The door opened and a young man entered, just an ordinary young Britisher, such as one sees by dozens during the dinner-hour in the cafes of our large towns. He had been a grammar-school boy, but was now three-and-twenty, full grown and fairly well proportioned, if somewhat slender. We had a very slight acquaintance, and I felt a mild surprise at his entrance, but he soon broke silence by remarking, as he dropped into a chair, " I heard you were off to Canada again, and thought I would give you a call." His tone arrested my attention, and I said, after a few seconds, " My next visit home will find you head of a department, with a fine salary and a growing family perhaps—eh ? " He stood up, thrust his hands into his pockets, and remarking, " Excuse me, but look here," went - '-:.;--. v /: Jbftiesteading on.:. Ifi.;Stilfck jtjV, this job pretty well for five years, but there are a lot in our place better than me, and they hold on like limpets. Then there are brothers and sisters coming on with the same chances—the boys with perhaps thirty bob a week when they are five-and-twenty; and as for the girls—there ! I don't call it good enough; and as I'm no hand at beating about the bush, the long and short of it is, I looked in to say, if you'll have me, I'll go along with you." After a pause he added, " Of course, I'm not such a duffer as to think things may not be worse over there, but I've talked to you before, and other fellows, and you say there are chances, and I've made up my mind to try it." He had been fully charged, and after the explosion silence fell on us for a few minutes, and my thoughts ran rapidly over what hehad told me. At last I said: "Well, Tom—by the by, I suppose I may call you Tom, and you may cal...

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