… “Just then the gentleman came in and the wife said, ‘Frank, come here; here is the milk that this man traveller has brought to me in return for the kindness he has received from us.’ ‘Stranger,’ he answered, ‘it is about time for the express train from the East, it will be here in about ten minutes. Take this pail of milk to the depot and when the train arrives, go and sell your milk. Wife, have you a tin dish that will hold a little more than a pint?’ She got such a dish.

“Taking the cup from his wife he continued, saying, ‘This cup full is worth ten cents, even change every time, the value of a dime. It is now ten minutes after eight o’clock, I will go with you and we will see the depot master, he may have objections, if so, you can sell it on the highway, don’t stand on the platform and call out milk.’ We went to the depot and saw the depot master, my friend saying: ‘Mr. Chamberlain, this man is from Eureka, Humboldt county, on his way East, to Massachusetts, he stopped here to get his cow shod. In doing this the shoes are put on so tight she can’t travel, and so this man is obliged to stop here a short time. The cow is a fine one, and here is her milk. I told him to bring it here to sell. Will you allow him to do so on the trains?’ ‘How long do you intend to stop here?’ asked the depot master. ‘But a short time, I hope to be able to travel in three or four days at the longest,’ I answered. ‘It is strictly against our rules to allow peddling in or around the depots, but situated as you are, I will allow you to sell any where around the depot.’

“When the train arrived I went aboard the cars and sang out, ‘I have better milk than any of you have had since leaving Omaha, don’t take my word for it, but try it.’ One man said, ‘Bring some here, pour it into this cup.’ I filled it, he tasted, saw it was good and had it refilled.

“Then the man said, ‘Ladies and gentlemen, it is the best milk I have tasted since leaving Massachuesetts.’ ‘Are you from there?’ ‘I am.’ ‘So am I and now on my way back; I belong in Webster when at home. This milk I have got from a cow that I have led from California to this place, more than seven hundred miles and which I intend to take to Massachusetts. I may fail, but I intend to try.’ ‘Stranger, we hope you will succeed,’ was answered.

“I entered the cars with two gallons of milk and came out with one dollar and thirty-five cents in return. I went back to my camp and commenced to bathe the cow’s feet. About half-past ten, I went to bed and slept till about midnight, when I awoke and gave her another wetting and more grass. I went back to bed but could not sleep, so soon got up again; I examined the cow’s feet and found them very hot and feverish, so I bathed them most of the remainder of the night.” …