"I thought it was pretty good land that fetched a hundred an acre," Billy said.
Why, Silva wouldn't sell these five acres for five hundred an acre cash down.
And if there's a good crop you shall have half a rouble for every acre."
That they were only sowing the clover on fifteen acres, not on all the forty-five, was still more annoying to him.
He says there are at least four hundred acres
, and every foot of it good for planting.
I planted about two acres and a half of upland; and as it was only about fifteen years since the land was cleared, and I myself had got out two or three cords of stumps, I did not give it any manure; but in the course of the summer it appeared by the arrowheads which I turned up in hoeing, that an extinct nation had anciently dwelt here and planted corn and beans ere white men came to clear the land, and so, to some extent, had exhausted the soil for this very crop.
But here were two acres and a half of furrows, and only a hoe for cart and two hands to draw it -- there being an aversion to other carts and horses -- and chip dirt far away.
The old wood-road led him to a clearing, where a dozen acres of grapes grew on wine-red soil.
A matter of one hundred and eighty acres, though it seemed much larger.
Haska--a dim legendary figure of a generation ago, who went back up the mountain and cleared six acres
of brush in the tiny valley that took his name.
We put in a little iron pump, one of the first turned out by my works near the capital; we bored into a stone reservoir which stood against the outer wall of the well-chamber and inserted a section of lead pipe that was long enough to reach to the door of the chapel and project beyond the threshold, where the gushing water would be visible to the two hundred and fifty acres
of people I was intending should be present on the flat plain in front of this little holy hillock at the proper time.
With five thousand you can buy a pretty little house with two acres
of land; the remaining twenty thousand will bring you in a thousand francs a year."