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SIXTY YEARS IN TEXAS.
Father replied he did not care to dispose of any
of them. The loquacious gentleman then bade us
goodbye with a broad smile on his face, and an air of
self satisfaction to know that he had given us some
valuable information on the right pronunciation of
the English language. We were then in the edge of
the prairie. Father and Mother did not like Eastern
Texas. The piney woods and burning sands and
blazing summer sun had rather discouraged them.
But now we had reached a place we could look out
and see the country and get our breath more freely,
and we drove our team up on the high prairie and we
were all not only pleased but we were delighted with
the outlook. The broad and almost limitless prairie
stretched away in the distance and seemed as boundless
as the mighty ocean, and we looked on with admiration
and delight as the sun began to disappear
in the west, and looked like burnished gold, as it cast
its bright and glistening rays across the boundless
prairie, and looked like sparkling diamonds upon the
waving grass, and we were reminded of the many
glorious sunset scenes that we had witnessed in
crossing the broad seas, when the mighty monarch
would go down behind the boundless ocean and seem
to set in a sea of fire, and cast its bright and glistening
rays across the shimmering waters and multiplied
thousands of diamonds seem to sparkle and
dazzle and dance with delight in every moving wave
on the restless sea.
*As we looked over these boundless prairies that
seemed to be untouched by the finger of man we felt
like we were a part of the advance guard that was
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