hovel these doughty emigrants braved the exposure of the varying seasons for an entire year.
At the end of that time Thomas
and Betsy Sparrow
followed, bringing with them Dennis Hanks
; and to them Thomas Lincoln
surrendered the “half-faced camp,” while he moved into a more pretentious structure — a cabin enclosed on all sides.
The country was thickly covered with forests of walnut, beech, oak, elm, maple, and an undergrowth of dog-wood, sumac, and wild grape-vine.
In places where the growth was not so thick grass came up abundantly, and hogs found plenty of food in the unlimited quantity of mast the woods afforded.
The country abounded in bear, deer, turkey, and other wild game, which not only satisfied the pioneer's love for sport, but furnished his table with its supply of meat.
, with the aid of the Hankses and Sparrows, was for a time an attentive farmer.
The implements of agriculture then in use were as rude as they were rare, and yet there is nothing to show that in spite of the slow methods then in vogue he did not make commendable speed.
“We raised corn mostly” --relates Dennis
--“and some wheat-enough for a cake Sunday morning. Hog and venison hams were a legal tender, and coon skins also.
We raised sheep and cattle, but they did not bring much.
Cows and calves were only worth six to eight dollars; corn ten cents, and wheat twenty-five cents, a bushel.”
So with all his application and frugality the head of this ill-assorted household