This account of Kansas emigrant life in the 1870's was written by a young man who had returned to his home in England and was writing his account for a British audience. Consequently, he describes and explains many things that were so familiar to an American of the time, such as how to make a corn shock, that they are rarely mentioned in American books written for Americans.
There are a number of unusual spellings; some are English orthography and some are the idiosyncracies of the author. The same is true of grammatical constructions and punctuation. Scanning is not exact, however, especially when one is dealing with nineteenth-century fonts, and so there are no doubt some errors that have escaped us and for which we beg your pardon.
Our thanks to the Lawrence Public Library for graciously furnishing the book from which this presentation was scanned.
17 June 1995