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Read the passage below and answer the question that follows.

 
All this time Luther had followed a rather old practice. At least it seemed odd to his friends and it was very annoying to his mother. In a field of corn, daisies, peas, or raspberries, whenever he found one plant that was extra large and healthy, he would mark it. When it went to seed, Luther would carefully keep that seed away from the common stock and plant it in a separate place. What made the habit annoying to his mother was that when Luther had no string in his pocket to tie around the plant, he would pull out his shirttail, tear off a strip and tie that on his chosen stalk. This habit was the start of Luther's fame and fortune, for that is how he marked the potato seed ball which yielded the Burbank potato.

After the Burbank potato was successful, Luther sold his farm. He was too eager to see what he could do with new plants but had to wait a whole year for each crop. He had heard that in California he could raise three crops in year. So he bought a ticket to California, kissed his mother and sister goodbye, and set out for the new land. He was twenty-six years old. In California, Luther looked about for a place to settle down and go to work. He had just ten dollars. ten potatoes and the suit he was wearing when he arrived in Santa Rosa Valley, eighty kilometers north of San Francisco. For some time the young man had to work at odd jobs in order to eat. He did carpentry work, ran errands, and even cleaned chicken coops. But he did not become discouraged. Finally, he found the kind of work that suited him best, helping in a greenhouse. Though the pay was very small, he saved all he could, economizing in every way, until he had enough money to buy himself a small plot of ground in Santa Rosa. He started his own nursery business.

The first year he made a profit of only $15, but he was happy in his work. Then a bit of luck came his way. A man named Dutton wanted twenty thousand prune trees within nine months, and no nursery in the vicinity could supply them. Luther accepted the order. He then began to wonder how he would fulfil it. There must be some way, and he would find it. At last he worked out a plan based on his boyhood experiments in the grafting and budding of trees. He bought twenty thousand fine almonds and planted them, as he had once planted his corn. He knew that almond trees grow much faster than prune trees. When the almonds sprouted, he transplanted them into a special plot of ground. By the end of June, he had a miniature forest of almond seedlings.

Then Luther bought twenty thousand prune buds from a farmer whose prune trees were strong and healthy. He grafted these prune buds onto the almond seedlings. Then he partly broke off the almond tree tops so they would not grow any more and all the sap would go to the prune buds. When Mr. Dutton came for his twenty thousand prune trees that fall, Luther was ready to deliver them. Dutton was amazed. He said Luther was a wizard. This name stuck to him, though he did not particularly like it. But to the general public 'wizard' seemed a good name for a man who, as the years went by developed a thornless cactus, a white blackberry, an apple tree that bore five or more different kinds of apples at one time, a perfumed calla lily, and thousand of other strange and wonderful plants.

For a while Luther was happy at his work in the nursery. But the nursery business took too much of his time. He wanted to breed new plants, not just raise seeds. So he sold the nursery and bought four acres of land where he started his real life work. There was so much he wanted to do that he arose early and went to bed late. Luther had help, of course, but no other person in the world could see with his eyes or feel with his fingers. Those eyes and fingers could tell from a seedling what the adult tree would be like and what kind of fruit it would bear. No one else had this power, so he had to do most of the work himself.

Sometimes his work was actually painful such as his experiments with the cactus. He started to wear gloves but they slowed him down so much that he stripped them off and worked barehanded among the prickly plants. Sometimes his hands and arms and face would be torn and bleeding, his fingers burning with the plain of the cactus spikes. But he never let such things slow him down. He was trying to produce a thornless cactus, and he succeeded. It took twenty years of hard work.

 

Based on the passage given, write a summary in which you describe

* how Luther started his nursery business

* why he sold his nursery although he was successful

* his work at the new land

 

Credit will be given for use of own words but care must be taken not to change the original meaning. Your summary must be in continuous form and not longer than 130 words, including the 10 words given below.

 

Begin your summary as follows :

"Luther saved enough money to buy himself a plot of ..."

 
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Answer
 

Luther saved enough money to buy himself a plot of land and started his nursery business. He was happy with the small profit. His break came when Mr. Dutton ordered twenty thousand prune trees to be delivered within nine months. Luther knew almond trees grow faster than prune trees. he grafted healthy prune buds onto almond seedlings. In this way, he managed to deliver Mr. Dutton's order. he came to be known as 'wizard' for his work. His business flourished. However, it was time-consuming and he wanted to breed new plants, not just to raise seeds. After selling the nursery, he bought four acres of land to carry out the work of breeding new plants. With painstaking work for twenty years, he finally succeeded in developing a thornless cactus. ( 129 words )

     
 
 

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