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pounds to carry, but also had to drag his feet out of the gooey mud. A twitter went through the crowd, and his load began to shake. Her husband noticed the situation and called out, "Sarves ye richt for layin' a haund on anither man's wife!" There were peals of laughter, but the unfortunate man got assistance. He spent the next few minutes cleaning his shoes, then all went off to church­ on foot.

Another neighbor was going down the road one day with his team of oxen hitched to the wagon, when for no apparent reason, they decided they needed a rest. Nothing he could do would move them. Not to be beaten, he lit a fire under the oxen to make them move. Thy did -but only about six feet, which left the fire burning under the wagon. He had to act very quickly to put the fire out before the wagon burned.

In early times, a trip to Brandon with a load of grain was a real journey. Jack Musgrove and Will were going with two loads of grain one day in the winter. When they came to the regular stopping place there was no room left. It was getting near dusk, but they had to go on. Just at dark, they came to an abandoned shack. They put the horses up for the night, and lit a fire in the shack. All that was lacking was food. After looking around the shack, they found a squirrel nest with acorns in it. Knowing the squirrels were likely to sleep for weeks, they made their meagre supper of hazel nuts.

In the early days, bank barns and sad stables were used. Well do I remember ours! The spring freshette came down one nice afternoon in March when Will was in the bush. In spite of all my efforts, the cattle were standing in two feet of ice water when he returned home.

It wasn't many years before the farmers got more stock and Iarger barns. Anyone contemplating building a barn usually built a stone stable and got timber out from the bush (Turtle Mountain) in the winter time. These were hewed and made the floor supports for the barn. Mr. Jim Patterson and Mr. Jack Musgrove framed many of the barns.

The barn raising was an important event. All the neighborhood were invited. The men to work and the women to help with the lunch. It was quite as important as a sports day. The men worked steadily all afternoon. Usually by four-thirty they were ready to put up the rafters. They chose up sides, then the race was on, to see which side would finish first. The women all came out and watched-and held their breath. Even the children seemed to get a thrill out of it. There was always a mighty cheer for the winners. Then the lunch-and what a lunch!

The combining gang of today usually consists of two men.

Quite different was the threshing gang of years ago, with the steam engines. It might consist of any number of men, from twelve to twenty. They brought their own caboose.