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SIXTY YEARS IN TEXAS.
productive, and declared if we would only stick to it
when dry, like it was sticking to us when wet, we
would certainly make a glorious success in life. It
stuck to everything it came in contact with, and our
shoes became so heavily loaded we sometimes felt like
we were rooted to the spot, and we often thought of
the talkative man that spoke the English language so
perfectly and said it had rained a right smart chance
of a sprinkle.
We again went into camp very early. We were
all very tired, both man and beast. My oldest
brother, John, then fourteen years old, was the chief
cook and bottle washer. He decided to boil some rice
for supper, and not being acquainted with the expansive
nature of the rice, he put too much in the
large coffee pot, the only suitable vessel we had to
boil it in, and it soon began to swell and expand and
come out of the top of the pot, and he filled all the tin
cups and then called for the water bucket; but it still
continued to come out of the pot like the widow's barrel
of meal and the cruse of oil, we thought it would
never fail, and John said, "Mother, don't you tiink
we had better try to trade a part of this rice for
something that won't swell up so much? We have
enough to last us for a camping trip around the
world, and it's still coming out of the top of the pot.
I will call supper," said John, "and see if this bountiful
supply can be reduced. Now, come around and
give honor to the cook, and all eat rice. But if it
still continues swelling there might be danger."
We moved out of camp the next morning with
enough cooked and half cooked rice to last us for the
balance of the trip. The black' mud still sticky in
some places, and we again thought of the
scholarly gentleman that spoke the English
language so perfectly and said, "When you
get up on the high perari in black waxie land you
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