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Chapter 3: strangers in the land.

The ground is almost cleared; cleared of the original and the second growths. What crops will occupy the soil?

On strolling to the orchard, we find a Portu guese squatter living in a mud lhut, under a fruit wall, and in the midst of apple trees.

“Fine apples, Sefor,” smirks the Portuguese. “ Just try the flavour of our fruit.”

Though thin and cold, the acid has a grateful taste; but these Spanish apples cannot be compared with the American variety, a fruit which is at once meat and drink, food and medicine; one of the most gracious products of American soil and sunshine.

“These trees seem old?”

“ Hundreds of years,” rejoins the squatter, with

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