Trail-Makers of the Middle Border

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CHAPTER XVIII
Richard Becomes a Farmer

TRUE to his promise, Richard notified his boss that he had planned to return to Neshonoc as soon as the ice went out. It was a little hard to refuse the extra pay which Cooper again offered, but his mind was set on seeding his farm. Catching a ride in a freight wagon as far as the Dells, he set out to walk across the divide which rose between the Wisconsin River water-shed and the valley of the La Crosse.

It was the last day of March, but the wind was chill and the land sodden and bleak. Settlement was sparse even in the neighbourhood of Kilbourn City (the new town which had sprung up at the end of the gorge), and when he left his hotel at dawn it was with intent to reach the big ridge before dark. It was nearly fifty miles as the crow flies, and the way unknown to him, but he had no fear of the wilderness nor of the weather, and he was capable of doing four miles an hour even on such a trail. Seven

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