The Young Surveyor

or Jack on the Prairies

Author: John Trowbridge
Published: 1875
Language: English
Wordcount: 62,838 / 183 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 89.6
LoC Category: PZ
Downloads: 397
Added to site: 2009.05.04
mnybks.net#: 24067
Genre: Adventure
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t. Now go forward to the top of it, while I sight you, and we'll set a stake there. As I signal with my hands this way, or this, move your stake to the right or left, till I make this motion; then you are all right."

The young surveyor had got his compass into position, by looking back through the sights at the tree. He now placed himself between it and the tree, and, sighting forward, directed the old man, who went on over the knoll, where to set his stakes.

On the other side of the knoll, it was found that the line crossed a slough,--or "slew," as the old man termed it,--which lay in a long, winding hollow of the hills. This morass was partly filled with stagnant water; and the old man gave it a bad name.

"It's the wust slew in the hull country. I've lost tew cows in 't. I wouldn't go through it for the price of my farm. Couldn't git through; a man would sink intew it up tew his neck."

"Then we may have to get a boat to find your section corner," laughed the young survey

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