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R. and we were living in a rented house in the village of Lansing, Minnesota. Mother got hold of some literature sent out by the B. & M. R. telling of the glories of Nebraska and how there were homesteads to be taken within 4 miles of the State Capitol and the University. " He very sensibly told her he had absolutely nothing to start on except one team and wagon but she still urged him to put our household goods in the wagon and start out before all the homesteads close to the Capitol were taken.

So little do outside manners tell of the pure gold in the heart. Without that friendship that day begun I know I must have fainted and dropped by the wayside ere many years had flown. Among those who had no women folks present was T. B. Burns and C. B. Powers. Mrs. Burns was still in Pennsylvania. He had a sod house built and she soon came. Powers' family were near Lincoln and came on that fall. He ran a blacksmith shop on the corner of his land. Both were old soldiers. In fact I think Old Man Higgins and Charles Buss were the only men present who were not.

This was a fife and drum corps. They were civil war drummers and had the best band in the Page 18 country. They had called a meeting at the school house to appoint committees etc. and he wanted me to go and agree to read the Declaration of Independence. ] schooled, a stranger in a strange land, and to be put forward when I actually could not go at all. I told him I had no clothes. I really did not have a new thing that summer and hat and all must be old-fashioned I knew and to get up before the audience that way I nearly fainted.

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