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FROM CITY TO FARM
"Y« «»Im bln with crtMily to (U wkbpffin* *»f toner i who punw with MINMM llw pkulMM ol koM| who •■Mel that •«• will perform the promUea ol yowl*. ami that Iha rfafkUacia* of Iba premenl day will ha naplwd by tha nnrawi »ttoad to the hialorr of RamaUa. Prime* ml AbyaUU. By ERNEST McGAFFEY Author of **•/ Cun and Rorf.'* “ Outdoor j.” “Toomj of tho Teton. ** £fr. (Copyi ighl, by Jusc-plt li. Bowles.) Working Out a Poll Tax Along In tlu> fall the roads around Uh. ami on thu way to town, began to ■bow doridml signs of dilapidation. Cullios bad Ixxn worn In tho *ld**n uud cantor of tbo highway, ami long ruts formfd where tho clay had dropped down, had boon carried away by the rain, leaving smooth, spout-like open ings. Tho dirt had boon washed awa>. also, from rocks and boulders that protruded like fungs from the ■oil. Ilrldges hud lost some of their timbers, ami planks on them had been loosened by tho heavy and eonstunt traffic of ••thrashers.'' "clover-huller*" ■mi teams huullng grain to market. On tome hills it wus ulmost suicidal to try to d.4vo down thorn. It was bud enough going up. but to go down wus ■imply dry ‘roasting’' over ruts und boulders, with either a runaway or un upset long before you got to the bot tom The "road boas" of our district begun to bestir himself. "I reckon you'd rather pay your |h»II tax thuu work her out?** ho Inquired of me one morning, almost apologiz ing ut the id«-u of my deliberately going mil on the toad Instead of |*ay lug ihe comparatively small amount neeo*»ury. •'Why. no.” wus my answer. Til work It out " As I was neither blessed nor burdened with a horse this meant thui I would hnve to work twlee us long a« I would had I been |>o*aes*ed of a team. -Well* the boys will be ready at eight to morrow morning." said the ••boss.” "and we start In on "Suicide Hill,- I reckon It'll take us two days to fix that and the bridge across the creek then*, and then we can take her cant on the bottom road. Two days will |oiy your tax all right, und you'll Is* right in It up to your neck on the hill.' he added, with a grin. "Belter fetch an ax; we'll have everything else.- Now. I was not entirely certain as to Just what this "poll tax" meant, nor that I was due to either |>ay It or work It out. hut It was an op|*ortunity for new ex|M*rfences and a chance to get acquainted with the neighbors, so I hung over the grindstone that da> and go* niy ax down to a fine edge for the n<*xi da> tVctle put me up a heart) lunch, and at eight sharp I was at the hill ready to begin work for the day. This particular slope was Jogged with boulder*, seamed ami scarred with deep « uts ami gullies, and looked like several blasts of d>nantlle had been tom bed off under It A tougher patch of hillside never lay out of doors. No one . .»uld go down It without getting ■easlck. on account of the constant "slewing" from side to side, and as for ascending 11. Ihe Incline was so sleep that a squirrel would almost fall off back wards. I was directed to clasp a pickax and ■tart digging a ditch on the north side of tlio hill nnd on down towards the bottom This required digging In a rocky shale that lay on that side, and It was hard work Progress was nec- . essarily slow, but foot by foot I wore , down the shale and rock until I began to see the outlines of a serviceable ditch Mp|iearlng along the north line of the highway. Meanwhile some of the men clamped huge chains to the largest Isiolders and hauled them down and <liiiii|nml them In the creek | Others plowed a deep ditch along the aotifli border of the road, where there was a layer of gritty Mill. HUH others I took "scrapers" and dragged dirt, naml ami shale up and over the road ami packed it Into the ruts nnd hol lows. Horses and mules were hitched to the • scrapers." whirh were merely Iron scoops of large slxe. which had wooden handle* at each side. These handle* were held by the driver of the "scraper" and an he elevated the handles Ihe "scraper" slid Into the imill ami took up a load of dirt. It looked easy, and It was easy If you knew how. hut when you got Into heavy clay, or tough ground, or rocks, you were apt to And I* pretty rough sledding After I had worke a couple of hours with the pickax the "boss" came and relieved me. leaving In my charge a team of salmon-colored mules nnd a "scraper." with Instructions to go over the top of tho hill nnd cut Into tha hillside there and bring down a few "scrnpcr-load*" on to the top and shoulder of the hill and spread them out thore. I had brought along a pair of buckskin gloves that morning. I took tho nudes and drove over the hill, "hawed" my team around, took hold of the handles of the "scraper" nnd set the edge Into a bank of pretty stiff clay. Just beyond which was a ditch of shale and mud. (living the mules the signal, wo lunged forward. Now. my buckskin glove o i the right hand bad slipped over the handle of tho * scraper" without my noticing It. nnd the handle had gone Into the spare where tha glove buttoned. As we went ahead the "scraper" began to turn, on account of the toughness of the bank, and when I started to let go so as not to go up Into the air the glove held me. and I soared aloft with the soaring "scraper." The "scraper" upended, but I continued on my wild cureer, literally shot out und over Into the ditch, the glove unloosing from the end of the "scraper" Just enough to send me on In advance. I came down on my nose und fuce In the mud and gravel, somewhut scratched und soiled, hut unhurt. Fortunately, no ono wus there to see my mishap. If there hud been I should never have heard the lust of It. 1 worked the "*cru|ier'’ with bure bunds after that, and when It went over by reuson of too heavy going I did not go with It. I am happy to say. I soon got the knnek of handling the murhine with euse and grace, uud it wus not nearly so liurd nor so monot onous us swinging a pick. It Is won derful how much work »t guug of men cun do In u few hours by sticking closely to their tusk. The hillside, whleh hud looked so dungerous und stublKirn that morning, commenced to ussume the pro|»ortlons und iW|N*ct of merely a steep Incline, but perfectly safe for travel. • There was one "spring hole" In this hill, und this we hud to dig deep into, tile nnd then rock over with heavy boulders. The strength of a spring is some! hi ti g enormous, and a go.nl spring In the middle of a highway Is something that will cause more trou ble than any one other thing. In that country, with sheer descent of hun dreds of feet along the road*. the springs sometimes won* away sections of the n»ud from year to year. compel ling a retreat further and further Into the fields, until great bays and inlets would be eaten Into the mendown to wards the sources of the gunhltig wa ters. The brldg«»H In the country are gen erally very good or very bad. Home of them are neat Iron structures, well furnish***! with stone abutments, cal culated to stund for 50 years or so. Other*, the great majority, are make shift concern* of heavy enough lim ber*. but crudely put together nnd shored up with brush and dirt that the spring freshets carries off. leaving the support* to sag and drop as the traffic go*-* over them und the rains undermine them. We took hold of this bridge at the foot of the hill and pried out the tim ber* to the north, and set In. murh deeper than the original support*, straight and massive oak timber*, and braced them with iKiwldcr* so that they could not wear or shake Then we Ailed In nnd Imrk of them *-|ih more rock, and nailed them with heavy planks so that the entire square of sup|*ort made one framework solid ly set In the earth. Then we rein forced this framework to the top with additional itnitrers spiked to the square, and then laid on the road planks, spiked securely to the Joists or heavy upright timber* laid length wise on the bridge frame. Kvcrythlng was liberally fastened with spike* of huge size, driven down with sledge hammers. am! every point where weight would possibly cause the struc ture to wi*: was shored up with rock, so that the rains or high water could have no effect In causing the b*idgc to "give" In any direction. Then we nailed up stout side |mlc*. braced ut curb end. to keep skittish horses from tumbling down -10 feet to the bottom of the ravine, nnd reckoned we had done n good, clean Job of brldge bulldlng At noon we halted In our work, fed the teams and comforted ourselves with a substantial "meal of victuals." a* the ' boss'* put It. The "boss." by the way. ate more thnn anyone else, nnd did nt»out a man and n half's work. After dinner several more men drifted up to where wo were working ntul some of the morning "shift" went home, those who had come with teams being replaced by others with more teams. In this way the dove colored mules passed from my sight. I got acquainted with n great many men by reason of the changing about of the workers, and they wero most of them curious to see a man from the city handle an ax or a pick, drive a team or carry nnd help set up timbers Hut an niy garb was about the same ns the "scarecrows" wore, and entire ly guiltless of collnr, cuffs, tie nr any thing whirh might distinguish me from a tramp, the novelty wore off very soon. Indeed. I was so tanned, nnd looked so ninth like n section ‘ band" that when I was introduced to the newcomers they must have been unable to detect any urban signlA cance In my attire or looks. Ilolng "stuck up" In the city ninkes a man hated; In the country, laughed at and despised. If you will work in the country you can dress as elegantly as you please on Sunday, or on occa sions of social Importance; In fact the better you dress then the more you will bo appreciated. But don’t dress when you go out to work. Just cover yourself and no more. I had a set of hats that I wore which were unique In their tatters. For coats I wore usually my hunting coats If It was cold. FW shirts, except on state oc casions. I wore tho old-fashioned "hickory" shirts, preferably blue, while as for overalls. I had a collec tion that would have caused the blush of shame to mount to the cheeks of a self-respecting "scare-crow." During our noon wait, several Im promptu "rasslin*" matches were pull ed off, but I did not feel frisky enough to waste any energy In that direction. Tho "boss" proved to be the best "rassler" In our party, tipping up men much lurger than he was, with nppurent ease. Hy the time the afternoon had waned a little, “Huiclde" hill was as fine a bit of work us you would cure to see in a day's Journey: all the ruts hammered down with broken rock, ■hale, sand und well-packed dirt; ull the bowlders buried under a cushion of top-dressing that covered them deeply and offectuully, und u good ditch on each side of the highway. The bridge at ihe bottom was as good or better than when it was new, and from that time on. had lost, for the nonce. Its suggestive cognomen. When we turned our attention to the "bottom” roads. It becume u mat ter of faster work, and more scrap ing. filling and leveling of the high way. Here came ucross bridges where the huge bulk of the "separa tors" bad cracked or broken the plunks. Hud where we wore compelled to go luto the woodH and cut logs to replace the s|Mi||**d timber. The "roud boss" hud u general discretion to ap propriate timber for mud purposes, uud sometimes nel abhor hood feuds grew out of the fact that the "boss" has cut down some sturdy tree for a bridge timber which the owner lias .been savlug for some purtlculur pur I lose. Credit tuny be given to the party furnishing the tree, or the town ship may In* churged for It. and the owner puld In cash. Hut thu "boss" cun cut where und when he please*-, and the farmer must grin and bear It. I found that several months of out dtHir Ilf** und u constant round of dally exercise had so burdened my muscles and Improved my breathing apparatus that I luid no trouble in "keeping up my end of the log." either actually or figuratively. Work which would have tired in** mortally seven months before, was only stood. healthy exercise. I bud to walk a>>otit three miles to the work, nnd the same distance back at night, und wield an ax. a pick, or drive team and "scrape” or help lift hoavy timbers, and yet I was not "played out" at the end of a day. In fuct. the longer I was at the work, th** more accustomed 1 got to it, and ufter all. work In the »|H*n air Is much less hard thun when a man Is conAn*-d to four walls The necessity of good roads In the country Is so Immediately apparent that It seem* strange that there has not been some attempt to make It compulsory on each farmer to krep the roud* In front of his farm In shajH*. opposite owners to Join In at tending to the hlghwaya between their property. It Is also surprising that the "giMtd roads" movement has so far been conflned to comparatively a limited *|iace. A government turn pike, built und maintained by the government, to act as a "trunk line" of roads In earh state, or two or thr**<* of them In the more Important agri cultural atates. would In* a "good thing" for an ex|H*rlmcnt. The aid** roads would branch ‘into these road*, and while they would carry In some mud on them. It would not make much difference on a thorough!) good turn pike. I quailAed aa not exactly an "ex pert." but a fair average "hand" at working OOt n>y "poll tax." and have the satisfaction of knowing that I have done something towards the "good roads" movement beside* talk Ing about 11. It was currently reported, after this experience, that I was not too proud to work, and that I must have tioen on a farm nt some time during my life, or I would never have been able to handle an ax. or drive a "•eraper." And as a means of break ing down the impalpable barriers that seem to exist between the man from the city nnd the man on the farms, "working out your poll tax" may In* cnnAdently recommended as a pay ing pro|»o*ltlon. I met a number of men while on the road that I would not have known otherwise, and In my trips to the county seat I could always of a Hnturdny afternoon And some one "out my way" who would In* gln<| to give me a lift to the farm four miles away. Just because we hnd worked aide by side together with Ihe axes, the picks, the scrapers nnd the teams. My work was eminently satisfactory to the "road boss." for I worked stead ily. nnd did not try to stand around nnd "soldier" on the job. A man ran easily look out for the soft "snaps" In work of that kind, nnd he mny bn successful In getting them. Hut lio will be wntched. nnd his work In that line will tie noted and commented on. The only way to do If you are going Into n deni of thnt kind Is to do your share, and not shirk the dlMgtecabln features of the work. (iolng into three or four feet of mud and water to help hoist a heavy piece of tim ber Is not so very pleasant, nor even safe, but some one has got to do It. and it might ns well be you. I got my receipt for my work from the "boss." duly signed nnd attested with his official authority, and I still possess thin piece of paper which attests that I have well nnd legally paid my separate and several "poil tnx" hy mnnual labor honestly per farmed, although the document doei not go Into any elaborate detail about It. After that experience I began to have a critical eye for had roads, nnd when I used to ride down "Sul* clde Hill" towards the "bottom" coun try. I viewed with an extremely com* pWent gaze tho fine work which l hnd put Into the ditch which border ed the hill to the north, nnd took a sort of semi-proprietary Interest In the bridge nt the foot where I had put In such strenuous, such bercluean licks in working out my “poll tax." ERNEST M'GAFFBY. CAUSE FOR HIS HURRY. "Ah. I love to see a little boy in such a hurry to get to school!" "Yes. sir. Me little brother's got de measles, an* I'm hurrying up to get (Accused!” A Kansas Girl's Advice. A Lincoln county girl writes this ad vice to the Kansas City Star: "Why do young men do so much loaAng? Go to work. Push ahead! lam but a young girl, but I clothe myself and have money In the bank. 1 lay up more money every year than any young man within three miles of my home. When they get a dollar they go to a dance and go home a dollar out. 1 advise all girls to cut clear of loadng boys. Stand by the boy who works, and never put your arm thiough tho handle of a Jug." Bees in Block of Stone. While workmen were sawing through a block of Hath stone at Exeter. Kng land, they cut Into a cavity In which was found a cluster of two or three dozen live bees. The incident occurred at the works of Messrs. Collard A Hons, monu mental sculptors. There was not much sign of life in tho bees at Aral, but when air was admitted they gradually revived and after a few hours several of them were ablo to Ay. 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