This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1912 edition. Excerpt: ... a much smaller amount of damage to man than one would imagine from the outcry against him. Occasionally, it is true, a chuck will ...Read MoreThis historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1912 edition. Excerpt: ... a much smaller amount of damage to man than one would imagine from the outcry against him. Occasionally, it is true, a chuck will begin nibbling at early pease, or beans, and do real, measurable harm, but the injury which he inflicts on the farmer in the hay-fields is generally much exaggerated. In the "south field" that year, there were two acres of red clover, where not less than seven or eight wood-chucks dug new holes and threw out mounds of yellow earth, which in some places crushed down the crop. Then, too, in feeding and running about, they trampled on plats of the thick clover, particularly where it had "lodged" from its own rank growth. There were, in all, five or six square rods of the grass which it was not deemed worth while to attempt to mow at all, and the loss of which was due in part, but not wholly, to the wood-chucks. The hired men scolded about it, and Gramp himself, who had a farmer's natural aversion to wood-chucks, fretted over it. We boys, too, magnified the damage and discussed ingenious plans for exterminating them. But after all, I do not believe that we really got two hundred weight of hay less in the field, in consequence of wood-chucks; and certainly the clover as it stood was not worth sixty cents a hundred. A dollar and twenty cents would probably have made good the entire loss; and I suspect that one-half of the damage from trampling on the clover was done by us boys, in pursuit of the chucks, rather than by the chucks themselves. At least, I still remember running through the grass in a very reckless manner on several occasions. I am keenly aware that to write anything in defense of the wood-chuck will prove unpopular with farmers and farmers' boys. Still, I venture to ask whether we are not, perhaps, a little...Read Less
Poor. No dust jacket. Signed by previous owner. Book cover shows wear due to use & aging. Binding is separating in the front. Inside & Outside pages soiled due to use. Pages Inside & Out show yellowing due to aging process. Very nice readable copy of... 420 p. Includes illustrations. Illustrations very nice. A-Copy.
Poor. No dust jacket. Book cover shows wear due to use & aging. Binding is separating in the front & back. Inside & Outside pages soiled due to use. Pages Inside & Out show yellowing due to aging process. Very nice readable copy of an older book. 420 p. Includes illustrations. Illustrations very nice. Name inside front page & date, Dec.25, 1921. B-Copy.
Fair. 0548424810 Original edition printed in 1912 by The Colonial Press. Cover shows wear and pages have browned but are very readable. Purchase of this item will help support the programs and collections of the Johnson County (Kansas) Library.
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