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    GARTH WILLIAMS (American, 1912-1996)
    Little House on the Prairie, group of nine: Fresh Water to Drink, Digging the Well, The Mishap, Clear, Cold Water, Texas Longhorns, New Additions, Milking the Cow, Indian Camp, and Tracks, page 147, 152, 156, 160, 162, 163, 167, 169, 172, and 173 illustrations, 1953
    Pencil on tracing paper
    8.75 x 11.75 in. (largest)
    Each signed

    Page 147: "Now he only had to dig a well, and then he would make that trip to town. He must dig the well first, so that Ma could have water while he was gone. Next morning he marked a large circle in the grass near the corner of the house. With his spade he cut the sod inside the circle, and lifted it up in large pieces. Then he began to shovel out the earth, digging himself deeper and deeper down."

    Page 152: "Pa and Mr. Scott had made a stout windlass. It stood over the well, and two buckets hung from it on the ends of a rope. When the windlass was turned, one bucket went down into the well and the other bucket came up. In the morning Mr. Scott slide down the rope and dug. He filled the buckets with earth, almost as fast as Pa could haul them up and empty them."

    Page 156: "'Scott! He shouted. 'Scott! Scott!' Then he called: 'Caroline! Come quick!' Ma ran out of the house. Laura ran after her. 'Scott's fainted, or something, down there,' Pa said. 'I've got to go down there after him.'...He swung into the well. His head slid out of sight, down the rope...The rope slowly wound itself up, and the bucket came up out of the well, and tied to the bucket and the rope was Mr. Scott."

    Page 160: "The water was clear and cold and good. Laura thought she had never tasted anything so good as those long, cold drinks of water. Pa hauled no more stale, warm water from the creek. He built a solid platform over the well, and a heavy cover for the hole that let the water-bucket through."

    Page 162 and 163: "'Cattle, by George!' he said. 'Must be the cattle herds going north to Fort Dodge.'...The air was very still, not a grass blade rustled, and far away and faint she could hear that sound. It was almost a rumble and almost a song...'The cowboys are singing the cattle to sleep' Pa said."

    Page 167: "Late that afternoon three riders came out of the west, driving one lone cow. One of the riders was Pa, on Patty. Slowly they came nearer, and Laura saw that with the cow was a little spotted calf...The calf was too small to travel, Pa said, and the cow would be too thin to sell, so the cowboys had given them to Pa."

    Page 169: "'Give me a bucket, Caroline,' Pa said. He was going to mile the cow, right away. He took the bucket, he pushed back his hat, and he squatted by the cow to milk her. And that cow hunched herself and kicked Pa flat on his back. Pa jumped up. His face was blazing red and his eyes snapped blue sparks. 'Now, by the Great Horn Spoon, I'll milk her!' he said."

    Page 172 and 173: "At noon the wind died. No birds sang. Everything was so still that Laura could hear the squirrels chattering in the trees down by the creek. Suddenly black crows flew overhead, cawing their rough, sharp caws. Then everything was still again...Pa wondered where the Indians had gone. He said they had left their little camp on the prairie. And one day asked Laura and Mary if they would like to see the camp."

    Page 176 and 177: "Tracks of big moccasins and smaller moccasins were everywhere, and tracks of little bare toes. And over these tracks were tracks of rabbits and tracks of birds, and wolves' tracks."

    From the Estate of Garth Williams.

    Condition Report*: Minor smudging along bottom edge and background of page 152 illustration; minor smudging to background area of page 156 illustration; very minor crease to upper left edge of page 173/177 illustration; Not framed.
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