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466 THE INDIAN ADVOCATE
it looked good to Camhere ?n' soon he was hard at work on
his little hill farm.
Short after Camhere was settled on his farm, 'till one mar
ket day the news spread over Ballyhawn and the surrounding
country, that on the next Sunday evening at three o'clock
Camhere would fly from the top of Mount Gabriel, an all who
wanted to see him mast be on the top o' the mountain at that
hour each to bring with him a good sized stone."
"Well Sir, there wasn't a dozen men or boys the country
'round, not to mention a good sprinkling o' girls an' women
everyone with a stone, that didn't foot it to the top of Mount
Gabriel the next Sunday. Foot it they had to everyone o' them,
as there was no getting a cart or other vehicle up the steep
hillsides:. Never before or since was such a crowd assembled
on Mount Gabriel. As the crowd collected old Mount Gabriel
echoed with the laugh an' the joke."
"Stone after stone was added to the pile, as each one arriv
ed an' added his stone some new.joke was cracked. Still the
"Camhere had not yet: put in appearance. Three o'clock
came, but Camhere was nowhere in sight. Half past three
an' still no Camhere.
As a late comer-added his stone to the pile somebody said:
"Camhere will have enough stones to build a big addition to
his cabin." "Not only that, said another, but enough besides
to enclose all the fields he can till this year or next either,"
for the matter o' that.
Soon the hoax began to dawn on the crowd. They had
'brought enough stones to save Camhere weeks of tiresome la
bor. There was enough sto'nes an' more to enclose his fields
an' enlarge his cabin!
Now the crowd began to turn the joke on one another, an'
the laifgh an' the jest shortened the road as they turned their
You may be sure there wasn't many days passed before Cam
here put his easily gathered stones to good use. Before long
you 'wouldn't have known the cabin for the same. The fields,
too, wereTsv6on enclosed, an' the hill farm throve and flourish
ed,' as 'it 'riWeV did before.