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The Blue Grass Country

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The blue-grass country is reached by traversiDg central Virginia and Kcntucky along the line of the picturesque Chesapeake and ühio Railway, unless, indeed, one prefers the swift and solid Pennsylvania route to Cincinnati, and drops down to it froro the north. On t.hi articular iourney, at any rate, it was reached past the battle-tields and springsof Virginia, and up and down the long slopes of the Blue Kidge and gorges of the Greenbrier and Kanawaha. in the wilder Alleghanies. It is found to be a little cluster of peculiarly favored counties in the center of the Stale. Marked out on the map, it is like the kernel, of which Kentucky is the nut;or like one of those "pockets' of preeions metáis happened upon by miners in their researches. The soil is of a rich fertiiity, the sv.rface eharmingly undul&ting. Poverty seems abolished. Un everv hand are evidences of thrift correspönding with the genial bounty of nature. A leading erop in times past has been hemp, and land that will grow hemp will grow anything This is more and more withdrawn in favor of stockraising oxclusivcly, bul the tall stacks of heinp, in shape like Zulu wigwams, still plcntifully dot the lanscape. One drops into horse talk miniediate ly on alighting from the train at Lexington, and does not emerge froni it again till he takes his departure. It is the one subject always in order. Each suceessive proprietor, as ho tucks you into his wagon, if you will go with hirn -and if you will go with him thero is no limit to the courtesy he will show you- declares that now, af ter having seen animáis more or less well in their way, he proposes to shoiv you a horse. Fortunately there are many kinds of perfection. He may have the best horse or colt of a cortan age, the one which has made the best single heat, or fourth heat, or quarter of a mile. or average at all distances, or the best stallion, or brood-mare, or the one which has done some of these things at pvivate if not public trials. Each one has, at any rate, the colt which is going to bothegreat horse of the world. This is an amiable vanity casily pardoned, and the enthusiasm is rather catching. A nian's stock is greatly to his credit and standing in this section while he lives, and when he dies is printed prominently among the list of his virtues.


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