C rxcLE ezekiel's exploits.
turning j-ellow, and, for the last two or three days, he saw
that the spring itself had fallen considerably If its supplies
should give out, through the failure of its sources, he knew
that great sufi"eiing would be the consequence; therefore he
had been watching the indications of the heavens with earnest¬
ness, and was not a little troubled to see the sun sink like a
ball of red-hot iron heavUy below the horizon.
" I declar', wife," he said, looking back into his cabin, " thar's
no more prospect of rain, tfll the moon changes, if then. The
sun's gone down as red as the kiver of that hake-kittle you're
heatin' on the coals thar'. The corn's wfltin' down like a girl
that's sick with the heart-distemper—here it is nigh unto the
middle of July, aud the taUest of it ain't as high as our two-
" Well, the Lord have mussy on us, if the spring gives out,
we'll have to take the young ones on our backs, and start for
a new place," she replied, in the patient toneof a womauwho
has lived two years in a new country, and become accustomed
to all manner of disasters.
" No great danger of that, I hope, Melissy," answered the
He was an energetic man, whose will arose in proportion
to the difflculties to be encountered; he was already begin¬
ning to recover from the slight feeling of depression occasioned
by the unusual weather. His wife, who had great respect for
his abilities, and trusted meekly in his judgment, brightened
up, at his cheerful tone, setting her dishes on the table with
the quick steps of health and content,
" I wonder where in 'arth them children be," she continued
presciiily. "I hain't seeu 'em for two hours, and supper's
most ready. I e.\'pect, every day of my life, they'll git lost or
snake-bitten, or suthin' arnother. Oh, yer there, Dan, Amos 1"
she called, going to the door, and leaning out over her hus¬
band's shoulder. Two curly-headed, brown-faced boys of six
and seven years of age, appeared around the corner of the un-
fenced cornfield, hi answer to her summons. " You're thai',
be you ?"—and she went back to her work.
" I wish you'd come here, Melissy, and see if you can make
out i.vho that is, comin' over from the direction of our new
Qci-hbor's." Said Peter, a few moments later.