In the Open; Stories of Outdoor Life

In the Open; Stories of Outdoor Life

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ...round with the buckets." Wonderfully white and clean were all his buckets and shoulder-yokes, and his wooden troughs that caught the sap as it dripped into them from the ends of the wooden spiles he had driven into the trees he had tapped already. There was plenty of work for him and his son, and so Jerry Buntley and Phin Meadows and Rush Potts marched away to the east, while the girls hung around the kettles and tested the syrup in ever way they knew how, to see if any of it had boiled long enough. "We'll have plenty to sugar off with in the house this evening," said Sally Wire; "but we mustn't let any of it get burned." Jerry took possession of an auger and a bundle of spiles, and Phin took the other auger, and Rush Potts said he'd just go along to learn how. "Catching cold are you, Phineas?" asked Jerry, as he began to work his auger into a splendidly tall tree, and Phin and Rush both were seized with a sudden fit of coughing. "Ugh, ugh, ugh--no--ugh--I guess not. Bore it deep, Jerry. Old man Wire is particular about that." "Guess I know how to tap a tree," said Jerry. "The sun shines right on this one, and the sap 'll run well." " Ugh-ugh-ugh," coughed Rush Potts. " I guess I'll help Phin. He doesn't know as much as you do." "I should say not," diffidently replied Jerry; but he had finished his first tree quite skilfully, and now he went for his second with all the zeal of a true sportsman. "Phineas," he shouted, a moment later, "when you come to a maple of this kind, knock off the outer bark! It bores easier." "All right," replied Phin, with his mouth half full of his. handkerchief. But he added, in a lower voice: "Rush, stop rolling in the snow. He's tapping a hickory this time." "T'other was an elm. Oh, if he isn't fun! What 'll old man...show more

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  • Paperback | 36 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236671104
  • 9781236671103