Excerpt from Zury: The Meanest Man, in Spring County: A Novel of Western Life Great are the toils and terrible the hardships that go to the building up of a frontier farm; inconceivable to those who have t done the task or watched its doing. In the prairies, Nature has stored, and preserved thus far through the ages, more life-materials than she ever before amassed in the same space. It is all for man, but only for such men as can take it by courage and bold it by endurance. Many assailants are slain, many give up and fly, but he who is sufficiently brave, and strong, and faithful, and fortunate, to maintain the fight to the end, has bis ample reward. 'Spect we must be a-gittin' daown inter Spring River bottom, dad. Should n' wonder, Zury. This h'ver flat's the sec'n' bottom. 'Pears t' be a drap jist ahead, - that'll let us daown t' the low bottom. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.