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254   THE PIONEERS OF OLD ONTARIO

up in the air and allow the wind to carry off the chaff. When fanning-mills came in, they were taken from farm to farm as threshing outfits are now."

The Corrigans had an easier time of it in Bruce than most of those who pioneered in that county, because before going there, they had pioneered in Hastings and had accumulated twenty-three or twenty-four hundred dollars—quite a fortune for that day.

"But we had our share of it when I was a lad in Hastings," Mr. Corrigan concluded. "I have heard my father say that he had to tramp twenty-five miles to buy a pipe, and that when he first settled in Hastings his worldly possessions consisted of an axe, a ham, and a five dollar gold-piece. We moved from Hastings to Kinloss 'n a covered wagon, a month being spent on the way. We had to stop over for two weeks at Cooks-

ville owing to one of our horses having been injured by a kick, and it was while there that I had my first sight of one of the first great labour-savers; a mowing-machine.

I believe ours was the first wagon to enter Kinloss; and that wagon, which had a canvas cover, formed our habitation until a shanty was erected."

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