Jack's Education, Or, How He Learnt Farming

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General Books LLC, 2009 - History - 146 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1879. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XXX. WELL REWARDED. The time was fast approaching for Jack and Webster to proceed to Rodney College for the examination in the practice of agriculture. They met in Edinburgh for a week previous to the appointed time, and each did his best for two hours on each day to puzzle the other as to what he should do under certain practical contingencies. The duel was fairly maintained, Jack having somewhat the advantage. The examination was held during the vacation, so that the examiners and candidates might be properly entertained in the College. As far as possible the candidates got the temporary occupation of their old rooms, which tended to revive old and pleasing memories, and this happened to be the case with Jack and Webster. "I wonder who will be the Examiners," said Webster. "I don't know," replied Jack, "but one thing I will guarantee--viz., that the Principal has taken care that they are men who have themselves travelled over the course they are going to try us upon, and who are also intelligent men, understanding the why and the wherefore of the variations arising in farm practice. Very likely they will be some of the older members of the College, who have passed the same ordeal and become experienced men."' "I am very glad," said Webster, "there is no science examination to interfere with us, for we forget ever so much we are expected to know for such a purpose." "I dare say," said Jack, "it would puzzle you now to give the combining equivalents of the various constituents of our fertilisers, and yet you know much more than you did of their mode of action, even when fresh from lectures." "That is just what I feel," replied Webster. "Everyday duty on a farm rubs off the gilt, but I believe it gives you a foundation of gold in its place, and tha...

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