119 deferred. The wild sheep is in no danger of extermination 1000 deer killed for every sheep Their rocky homes will not be taken from them Their homes barred with mtns [mountains] beset with difficulties (Yel [yellow] p [pine] 100 ft h [high] rocks 12 times per minute in mod [moderate] storm wind grows 20 ft rank on fat flesh like lush grass on moist lawn, but diseased & falls out in patches although Cal [California] [climate] [favorable] [like] [bared] patches) The elasticity is admirably adapted to its wants Where the wild sheep lies down the thick spongy hairs make a mattress wh [which] as soon as rise expands again. While if its [clothing] were all wool would become soiled felted & [baggy] like that of [ ], the wool is thus kept [elegant] straight [& clean] as if it were thus kept between hairs contained in a special husk, like weak [stemmed] lilies in chap This hair is not at all harsh & bristly
120 soft to the touch it is finer than either deer or antelope The domestic sheep is kept down by constant effort. It is liable to all kinds of [disease]. Wool is often dry & withers & falls out like sun burned weeds [Stains] [exposed] Wears well washes well [Truism] of sheep husbandry [where] good shepherds good wool & well may [that] [GOM] be good Ever since Jacob worked with peeled rods on the sheep of Laban on the Padanaram Plains man has been moulding sheep more meat more wool. How long it takes to strike the balance & is the paltry imbecile the result of so many wise [assoc]? Corrugates [basics], corrugated [ ] Well to go back to nature & see where you started [take] new one
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