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MICHIGAN FOOD & BEES

BY A. D. P. VAN BUREN

They could only save for their immediate use what saw-logs, rail-cuts, and fire-wood they wanted; they "logged up" and burnt the rest. A settler would now and then remark Tis a pity to burn up so much valuable timber. " And haps he would hear in reply—"Oh, pshaw! there is timber enough in houn county to last two hundred years. Let the people after that look out -for themselves. " Many began to do this long ago. Such views were expressed by men who thought there were no other clearings, no other logging-bees, but that one, in the country. They did not think they were scattered all over the country then, and the work of burning up the timber was going on in all of them. In the timbered lands were found the largest trees and most of them, and there the hardest blows were given in making a clearing. A logging-bee was a good place to study the difference there is in men's knowing how to work, and to drive oxen. There was your man who never hitched to a log that his cattle could not draw, and he hitched to it in such a way that they could draw it to the best advantage. While another was continually hitching to the wrong log or to the wrong end of the log. Then there was the man, who, whether he drove an old or young yoke of cattle always drove a steer team. I saw such a one fail repeatedly to make his cattle start a log, when upon Jonathan Austin's taking the whip in his hand the cattle sprang at the word "go, " and fairly ran with the log to the heap. That was a little victory, and Austin got the cheers for it. There were good ox-drivers in those days, and there were those who never could learn to drive them wel

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