The sexton crept out very quickly, pushed the empty chest into the water and went to his house, where he gave Little Klaus a bushel of money.
So he sent a boy to Big Klaus to borrow a bushel measure from him.
The seed deal was arranged, and Martin made the trip six times back and forth, for the wagon could hold only fifty bushels. Perry lived twenty miles from the Wades and a whole day was consumed with each load.
They were able to thresh enough wheat to repay their debt of six hundred bushels and keep an additional three hundred of seed for the following year.
That about the price of wheat per bushel
, I modestly felt was too much for my strength, and quite settled the question.
They boasted about the number of bushels
they had picked in a day, but they complained you could not make money now as in former times: then they paid you a shilling for five bushels
, but now the rate was eight and even nine bushels
to the shilling.
He opened the top one, Bolton Hall's "Three Acres and Liberty," and read to them of a man who walked six hundred and fifty miles a year in cultivating, by old-fashioned methods, twenty acres, from which he harvested three thousand bushels
of poor potatoes; and of another man, a "new" farmer, who cultivated only five acres, walked two hundred miles, and produced three thousand bushels
of potatoes, early and choice, which he sold at many times the price received by the first man.
However, as my first crop was but small, I had no great difficulty to cut it down; in short, I reaped it in my way, for I cut nothing off but the ears, and carried it away in a great basket which I had made, and so rubbed it out with my hands; and at the end of all my harvesting, I found that out of my half-peck of seed I had near two bushels
of rice, and about two bushels
and a half of barley; that is to say, by my guess, for I had no measure at that time.
He was satisfied with two arrobas of raisins and two bushels
of wheat, and promised to translate them faithfully and with all despatch; but to make the matter easier, and not to let such a precious find out of my hands, I took him to my house, where in little more than a month and a half he translated the whole just as it is set down here.
There was not money enough of any kind, in many parts of the country, to pay the salaries of the ministers; so that they sometimes had to take quintals of fish, bushels
of corn, or cords of wood, instead of silver or gold.
I spoke of an instance where one of our graduates had produced two hundred and sixty-six bushels
of sweet potatoes from an acre of ground, in a community where the average production had been only forty-nine bushels
to the acre.
I got twelve bushels
of beans, and eighteen bushels
of potatoes, beside some peas and sweet corn.