The Cassowary

The Cassowary

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Excerpt: ...called "our room." "She won't mind," he thought. There is spur to effort for the real farmer and a great comforting pride in looking out upon a conquered province, to note the corn swaying full-eared, the timothy and clover and grain fields changing color with the shift of the clouds and sweep of the breeze, the lowing cattle in the pastures and the general promise of Autumn's wealth. Jason enjoyed it all, for was it not the product of his design and energy, and as the farm grew, he grew with it. Success fairly earned made him zealous for more. He broadened and was for trying things. One day old Rubens came along, and leaning idly over the front fence, began a farmer's chat with Jason, who was digging among the flowers. Rubens looked away at the vacant log barn. "What are you going to do with the old barn?" he asked, "tool-house?" "No," said Jason, "I have a tool-room in the big barn. I don't know what I'll do with the old one. Pull it down, maybe." Rubens gazed meditatively at the abandoned but still sound structure: "It would make a mighty good sheep barn," he suggested. 203 No more was said at the time, but Ruben's idea was not forgotten. It remained in Jason's mind and the more he thought upon it the more he became impressed. Jason had never raised sheep, successful as he had been with other animals. He considered, and rightly, that most of his land was too low for them. There was an eighty acres of woodland adjoining that which he had latest bought that was hilly, not heavily timbered and with many springs and brooks. Partly cleared, with what woods were left well under-brushed, it would make a perfect sheep pasture. He had half a mind to buy it and experiment. And the plan grew in his mind until it overmastered him and he bought the land. Not the sort of man to venture upon a new venture carelessly was Jason, and he had a problem before him now: What sort of sheep should he raise? His cattle and hogs were of good breeds and to have seen to it...
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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 159g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236716612
  • 9781236716613