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had been in full leaf, here showed but the tender pinks and russets of the first foliage. The dogwoods were quite dormant. Rivulets of seepage and surface water trickled in the most unexpected places as though from snow recently melted.
Of climbing there seemed no end. False skylines recurrently deceived Bob into a belief that the buckboard was about to surmount the top. Always the rise proved to be preliminary to another. The road dipped behind little spurs, climbed ravines, lost itself between deep cuts. Only rarely did the forest growths permit a view, and then only in glimpses between the tops of trees. In the valley and against the foothills now intervened the peaceful and calm blue atmosphere of distance.
“I’d no idea from looking at it this mountain was so high,” he told Welton.
“You nike air max 90 sale never do,” said Welton. “They always fool you. We’re pretty nigh the top now.”
Indeed, for a little space the forest had perforce to thin because of lack of footing. The slope became almost a precipice, ending in a bold comb above which once more could be glimpsed the tops of trees. Quite ingeniously the road discovered a cleft up which it laboured mightily, to land breathless after a heart-breaking pull. Just over the top Welton drew rein to breathe his horses–and to hear what Bob had to say about it.
The buckboard stood at the head of a long, gentle slope descending, perhaps fifty feet, to a plateau; which, in turn, rose to another crest some miles distant. The level of this plateau, which comprised, perhaps, thirty thousand acres all told, supported a noble and unbroken forest.
Mere statistics are singularly unavailin nike air max 95 g to convey even an idea of a California woodland at its best. We are not here dealing with the so-called “Big Trees,” but with the ordinary–or extraordinary–pines and spruces. The forest is free from dense undergrowths; the individual trees are enormous, yet so symmetrical that the eye can realize their size only when it catches sight of some usual and accustomed object, such as men or horses or the buildings in which they live. Even then it is quite as likely that the measures will appear to have been struck small, as that the measured will show in their true grandeur of proportion. The eye refuses to be convinced off-hand that its education has been faulty.
“Now,” said Welton decidedly. “We may as well have it over with right now. How big is that young tree over there?”
He pointed out a half-grown specimen of sugar p ine.
“About twenty inches in diameter,” replied Bob promptly.
Welton silently handed him a tape line. Bob descended.
“Thirty-seven!” he cried with vast astonishment, when his measurements were taken and his computations made.
“Now that one,” commanded Welton, indicating a larger tree.
Bob sized it up.
“No fair looking at the other for comparison,” warned the older man.
“Forty,” hesitated Bob, “and I don’t believe it’s that!” he added. “Four feet,” he amended when he had measured.
“Climb in,” said Welton; “now you’re in a proper frame of mind to listen to me with respect. The usual run of tree you see down through here is from five to eight feet in diameter. They are about all ov cheap nike air max er two hundred feet tall, and some run close to three hundred.”
Bob sighed. “All right. Drive on. I’ll get used to it in time.” His face lighted cheap nike air max up with a grin. “Say, wouldn’t you like to see Roaring Dick trying to handle one of those logs with a peavie? As for driving a stream full of them! Oh, Lord! You’d have to send ’em down one at a time, fitted out with staterooms for the crew, a rudder and a gasoline engine!”
The ponies jogged cheerfully along the winding road. Water ran everywhere, or stood in pools. Under the young spruces were the last snowbanks. Pushing up through the wet soil, already showed early snowplants, those strange, waxlike towers of crimson. After a time they came to a sidehill where the woods thinned. There still stood many trees, but as the buckboard approached, Bob could see that they were cedars, or spruce, or smaller specimens of the pines. Prone upon the ground, like naked giants, gleamed white and monstrous the peeled bodi cheap nike air max trainers es of great t nike air max 1 rees. A litter of “slash,” beaten down by the winter, cumbered the ground, and retained beneath its faded boughs soggy and melting drifts.
“Had some ‘fallers’ in here last year,” explained Welton briefly. “Thought we’d have some logs on hand when it came time to start up.”
“Wait a minute,” requested Bob. He sprang lightly from the vehicle, and scrambled over to stand alongside the nearest of the fallen monsters. He could just see over it comfortably. “My good heavens!” said he soberly, resuming his seat. “How in blazes do you handle them?”
Welton drove on a few paces, then pointed with his whip. A narrow trough made of small peeled logs laid parallel and pegged and mortised together at the ends, ran straight over the next hill.
“That’s a chute,” he explained briefly. “We hitch a wire cable to the log and just naturally ya nike air max nk it over to the chute.”
“How yank it?” demanded Bob.
“By a good, husky donkey engine. Then the chute poles are slushed, we hitch cables on four or five logs, and just tow them over the hill to the mill.”
Bob’s enthusiasm, as always, was growing wi nike blazers th the presentation of this new and mighty problem of engineering so succinctly presented. It sounded simple; but from his two years’ experience he knew better. He was becoming accustomed to filling in the outlines of pure theory. At a glance he realized the importance of such things as adequate anchors for the donkey engines; of figuring on straight pulls, horse power and the breaking strain of steel cables; of arranging curves in such manner as to obviate ditching the logs, of selecting grades and routes in such w nike air max sale ise as to avoid the lift of the stretched cable; and more dim nike air max classic ly he guessed at other accidents, problems and necessities which only the emergency could fully disclose. All he said was:
“So that’s why you bark them all–so they’ll slide. I wondered.”
But now the ponies, who had often made this same trip, pricked up their ears and accelerated their pace. In a moment they had rounded a hill and brought their masters into full view of the mill itself.
The site was in a wide, natural clearing occupied originally by a green meadow perhaps a dozen acres in extent. From the borders of this park the forest had drawn back to a dark fringe. Now among the trees at the upper end gleamed the yellow of new, unpainted shanties. Square against the prospect was the mill, a huge structure, built of axe-hewn timbers, rough boards, and the hand-rived shingles known as shakes. Piece by piece the machiner nike air max 90 y had been hauled up the mountain road until enough had been assembled on the space provided for it by the axe men to begin sawing. Then, like some s blazers trange monster, it had eaten out for itself at once a space in the forest and the materials for its shell and for the construction of its lesser dependents, the shanties, the cook-houses, the offices and the shops. Welton pointed out with pride the various arrangements; here the flats and the trestles for the yards where the new-sawn lumber was to be stacked; there the dump for the sawdust and slabs; yonder the b cheap nike blazers anking ground constructed of gr

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