As the captain descended to the cabin the men gave a final cheer, and in ten minutes they were working laboriously at their various duties. Buzzby and his party were the first ready and off to cut moss. They drew a sledge after them towards the Red-snow Valley, which was not more than two miles distant from the ship. This "mossing", as it was termed, was by no means a pleasant duty.

The mossing in all sorts of trees is injurious to their growth by depriving them of a portion of their nourishment, but more particularly hurtful to those of the fruit-tree kind, as preventing them from bearing full good crops of fruit by rendering them in a weak and unhealthy state.

And from that time, until events occurred which rendered all such rules unnecessary, the work of the ship went on pleasantly and well. Beginning of winter Meetuck effects a remarkable change in the men's appearance Mossing, and working, and plans for a winter campaign.

Pruning should be begun in the most luxuriantly wooded part of the estate first, and the same order as to aspect should be followed as when removing moss, as it is important to let light as soon as possible into the trees which are on the darkest aspect, and this order will, of course, suit the mossing party, which is, as I have said, always to follow the pruners.

The mossing party, it is hardly necessary to mention, should follow the pruners.

As the captain descended to the cabin the men gave a final cheer, and in ten minutes they were working laboriously at their various duties. Buzzby and his party were the first ready and off to cut moss. They drew a sledge after them towards the red-snow valley, which was not more than two miles distant from the ship. This "mossing," as it was termed, was by no means a pleasant duty.

The trees that were gone over the first two years have not been touched since; and none of them have been injured by the hares. The Mossing of trees is their becoming much affected and covered with the moss-plant or mossy substance.