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We soon were busily engaged unloading our things, pitching our tents, cooking dinner, etc. Mr. Kimball pitched his tent some four or five rods from us, which seemed quite neighborly. Our tent was composed of two sheets overhead, with bushes set up all round the sides except a small opening for a door, which we closed with a table-cloth. We lived in this manner three weeks before our house was ready to move into. We had but little room and needed less, as our stock of personal property was very limited. We had one cow, which, if she was not in clover, fared sumptuously every day on the fine grass that grew so abundantly all around us. Our flour-barrel served us for a cupboard, our tool-chest for a table, and two small trunks for seats. Four small forks driven into the ground with poles across, covered with our wagon boards, composed our bedstead. Our bed, when made up, looked as though an elephant had stepped on it. We had pillow-cases and ticks, but nothing to fill them with, as there had been no grain raised in the country, and consequently no straw was to be had. Could we have been favored with air-tight ticks we should have resorted to the expedient of blowing them up for the sake of looks, if nothing else, so anxious were we to make a respectable appearance. But our pride was forced to yield to our poverty, and we had to wait until the oak tree could be felled and the leaves dried, which made a very good bed and pillow.

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