CHAPTER II. EARLY FARM LIFE.
At this distant day I look back to my eariy boyhood, ¦when I lived on the farm, as the most pleasant period of my hfe. In the summer we waded in the brook, caught butter¬ flies, and, as we grew older, had the more exciting sport of fighting and destroying the bumblebee and hornets' nests, which required both skill and daring, and we often came out of the encounter somewhat wiser, but many times not so good-looking.
The most innocent, interesting, and instructive pleasure that we, as youths, so much enjoyed was the time we spent with the young stock in the fields,—the colts, calves, and lambs; and it would, to the people of to-day, who know nothing of farm life, be a great surprise to know how tame and companionable they can be taught to be, — the colts, of course, first, as the noble horse is always in the lead; they could be taught to rear up, and lie down. We would twist straw into ropes and make what we called straw harness and dress them up in the most fantastic style, and march them around for hours at a time, they seeming to enjoy themselves as much as we did.
The calves would follow us all around and were very tame and gentle, but seemingly had some object in view and generally wanted something to eat. They were not susceptible of being taught like the colt, but at times were quite playful.
The lamb became very domestic and playful, and there was one trick that he would readily learn and that was to