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To Get Running Water On The Prairie

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I have lived in lann (Jounty, lowa, three miles southwest of Cedar Rapids, on a dry prairie farm, íor eleven years. My only method of watering stock was by drawing or pnmping water for them all. Last August, during a dry spell, my well in tho pasture got very low, so I had to contrivo some plan to f h inore water for the stock. My plan was thi8 : To go up to the head of a slough above the pasture. The well is in the meadow, six rods above the pasture. I dug the well and ditch at the same time, so the water would rua off and not obstruct tho digging. Tho right grado or fall was easily found in this way. The well is eight feet deep, ditch twelve rods long, well ono foot deeperthan the upper end of the ditch, ditch dug as narrow as possiblo - so as to be able to work in it. The well is curbed up with flrst quality of pino fencing, the curbing reaching one foot above tho surface, so that ilirt cannot wash in. The pipo, or spouting, leadiug ïrom the well down the bottoin of the ditcb. into a large trough m the pasture, is made of tbe samo quality of foncing, ripped up in strips, two and four incluis wido, which makes a spout two inchea square on tho inside. Piec;8 of spouting sixteen f eet long. The encls I ture mitred together in wkito lead. A ! small piece of board is imbeddecl in the mud underoach joint. The late Bov. Daniel Isaac was a great Hmoker. "Ha! thero yon are," cried a j lady who suvprised him one day with a pipo in liis mouth," "at your idol again!" "Yob, ma'am," replied ha, ! coolly, "burningit." The firstUniversalistsermon preached in America was delivered by John MurI ray, at Crauberry Inlet, N. J., ou So}it. aO, 1770,


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