Rifles for Watie

by Harold Keith

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Why are the corn rows at David Gardner's home in Kansas so straight?

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What you are talking about happens way at the end of the book.  The war is over and everyone is going home.  Jeff Bussey is with David Gardner and some others heading for their homes.  They get to Gardner's place and the rows of corn are all straight -- they used to be really crooked all the time before the war.

On the next page, we find out why this is.  The reason is that David's mom has remarried and so now there's a grown man living at the house who can plow straight rows.

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