The wooden table had one leg propped up by firewood, and only three of the eight chairs matched.
As firewood oak holds a high position, though in Germany it is considered inferior to beech for that purpose.
The wood is very heavy and hard, weighing 70 lb the cubic foot; the colour is dark brown; it is used in Spain and Italy for furniture, and in the former country for firewood and charcoal.
The cura tori or curatoli (factors) receive 40 a year, with a slight interest in the profits; the stockmen hardly earn in money and kind 13; the muleteers and underworkmen get between 5 to 8, plus firewood, bread and oil; irregular workmen have even lower wages, with a daily distribution of bread, salt and oil.
By the 1st of November firewood would not ignite in the open air, and the soldiers warmed themselves over big bonfires of straw.
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