Marco Paul's Voyages and Travels Volume 3

Marco Paul's Voyages and Travels Volume 3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1880 edition. Excerpt: ...as smooth and as straight-grained as possible. So, that one of these trees that grow detached, in the fields, would not be of much value for lumber. It has so many branches, that the boards made from it would be full of knots." " That is the reason, I suppose," said Marco, " why they don't cut them down, and make them into boards." "Perhaps it is," replied Forester. "Has pine any other very good qualities?" asked Marco. "I believe it is quite a durable wood," said Forester. " At any rate, the stumps last a very long time in the ground. I have heard it said, that there are some stumps in the state of Maine with the old mark of G. R. upon them." "' What does G. R. mean?" asked Marco. " Georgius Rex," replied Forester, --"that is, George, the king. If there are any such, the mark on them means that they belonged to the king of England, before this country was separated from England. In those days, the king's workmen went into the forests to select and mark the trees which were to be cut down for the king's use, and these marks were left upon the stumps." "And how long ago was that?" asked Marco. " O, it must have been sixty or seventy years ago. But I can hardly believe that the stumps would last as long as that." "I mean to ask some of the men, when I get up in the woods, how long the stumps do last," said Marco. "' They last very long, I know," said Forester. "The people after getting tired of waiting to have them rot out, tear them up with machines, and make fences of them." "I don't see how they can make fences of stumps," said...show more

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  • Paperback | 34 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 123674067X
  • 9781236740670