Hardly had the words passed his lips when the wagon shook; there was a sound of breaking reims and trampling hoofs.
"Still, as the kraal cannot be colder than this wagon, we will go and ask Zweete.
The method of encamping generally observed by the captain was as follows: The twenty wagons were disposed in a square, at the distance of thirty-three feet from each other.
They found the prairies saturated with the heavy cold rains, prevalent in certain seasons of the year in this part of the country, the wagon wheels sank deep in the mire, the horses were often to the fetlock, and both steed and rider were completely jaded by the evening of the 12th, when they reached the Kansas River; a fine stream about three hundred yards wide, entering the Missouri from the south.
Having provided themselves with a wagon, and a number of empty casks, they sally off, armed with their rifles, into the wilderness, directing their course east, west, north, or south, without any regard to the ordinance of the American government, which strictly forbids all trespass upon the lands belonging to the Indian tribes.
Pinocchio mounted and the wagon started on its way.
The donkeys galloped, the wagon rolled on smoothly, the boys slept (Lamp-Wick snored like a dormouse) and the little, fat driver sang sleepily between his teeth.
No sooner did any boy see him than he fell in love with him, and nothing satisfied him but to be allowed to ride in his wagon to that lovely place called the Land of Toys.
It meant more strange men who handled baggage, as it meant in New York, where, from railroad baggage-room to express wagon
he was exchanged, for ever a crated prisoner and dispatched to one, Harris Collins, on Long Island.
They now bade good-bye to the Professor, and thanking him for his kind reception mounted again into the red wagon
and continued their journey.
"Just hitch 'em up to our wagon
in your mind an' look at the outfit.
The seed deal was arranged, and Martin made the trip six times back and forth, for the wagon could hold only fifty bushels.
Wade who helped put in the crop, borrowing a plow, harrow, and extra team, and repaying the loan with the use of their own horses and wagon. Luck was with their wheat, which soon waved green.
And he also passed on with the wagon. Then came some merry soldiers who had evidently been drinking.
As often happens, the horses of a convoy wagon became restive at the end of the bridge, and the whole crowd had to wait.