"Well, youngster," he said, "how many gophers have you snared since we've been gone?" The little girl got red suddenly, and hesitated before she spoke. "Sixty," she answered, half under her breath. The biggest brother took his pipe out of his mouth in mock astonishment. "Sixty!" he exclaimed. "Why, geewhitaker! you'll break the bank if you don't look out!"
"Do you lose cows every day?" "Cows! What ye talkin' abaout?" "Why, you said pound. That's for lost cows and dogs, isn't it?" Cap'n Lem stared a moment, and then cackled merrily. "So 'tis, some places," he answered. "Geewhitaker! I must tell Lucil that!" His eyes disappeared. When he could open them again he went on: "I never give a thought to that afore.