Trail-Makers of the Middle Border

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CHAPTER X
The Turkey Shoot

FOR nearly three months Richard worked for Robey, making a hand at harvesting, stacking, and ploughing the land for the next year's crop, acquitting himself in such manly fashion that he won the respect even of the redoubtable "Eastern" Starr, but as the soil froze and activity on the farms began to slow down, he found him- self confronted by the question of employment for the winter. Having contracted for the plot of land adjoining his cabin, he must earn money to pay for it, and as the village had few industries and offered little even to its carpenters and masons he turned with interest to "the Pineries" of which the men of the village increasingly talked.

The township in which the Grahams had found lodgement was situated on the verge of the prairie in the extreme south-western corner of the state, whereas the famous pine-lands boundless and dark, lay far to the north on the upper waters of the Wisconsin River.

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