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while we were hurrying after nightfall to our destination, and where we hastily threw the bag back upon the load and kept on our way regardless of what ran out. When we afterwards were in want, we were very glad to come back and gather it up after it had lain three weeks on the ground. The winter rains had coated the flour with a covering of paste, and we found the major part of the pile in good preservation, which we gathered as carefully as if it had been manna or gold dust. The potatoes we brought with us were frozen as hard as " gun stones," but we found that heaping coals of fire on them was as good a way for us to obtain bread as heaping them on an enemy's head. Twice we went six miles to get a loaf of bread, wading through swamps and marshes, and frightening the deer from their hiding places in our route. In the spring we went ten miles through an unbroken forest to attend " town meeting " when the three townships, Quincy, Algansee and California, were under one jurisdiction. We have still living the man (then a stripling in his teens, now a gray-haired sire of near three score years), who drove the first team of oxen and horses into the township, drawing provisions a distance of seventy miles for the family that was expected in the spring. Driving the first yoke of oxen drawing a sled load of household furniture-and such a load as that was when it reached its destination. There were chairs with broken backs, and chairs without backs; chairs with broken legs, and chairs with no legs; tables with the leaves torn off, and other household goods broken, bruised and marred; for we had driven that load ten miles over a road never before traveled,

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