» UNCLE ezekiel's EXPLOITS.
" What's the matter ? sickness ?" asked the Potters, rising,
and showing in their countenances at once that sympathy
M'hich alone makes settlers' lives endurable.
" Sickness ! O Lord, yes. Both of them. There's some¬
thing very strange the matter with master. He's all of a
tremble—his teeth chatter—his lips are blue—his legs shake—
and he says he's freezing, and here it is, as you know, sir, a
day fit to melt folks. O Lord, that ever we should have
come to a country like this."
" It's.nothing to be scart about, though it's mighty dis¬
agreeable, and I'm right sorry the gentleman's took it-. It's
nothing but fever 'n ager, most everybody has it in these
parts, till they wear it out."
" But that isn't the worst," continued the servant. " Mis¬
tress has been trying to do things she was never brought up
to do, and she's taking with great distress now, though it's not
her time. But I tliink the woman will know better than I
what to do for her—and if she's any hand to help in such cases,
I pray her to go quick to my poor lady."
" For the Lord's sake ! you don't say so ! Peter, you cafl
them young ones in, and give 'em their supper and put 'em to
bed. Then you can come over, and bring along the yarb-bag.
Fm going right straight olF this minute."
And right straight off she went, so fast, that the little an¬
xious old man, by her side, had to run to keep up with her.
Once he caught his feet in the tangled grass and fell; but his
only remark as he rubbed his knees, and hurried along was—
" 0 Lord, that ever we should have come to a country
" Where did you come from ?" Mrs. Potter found time to
"H'england, of course."
The cabin which Mrs. Potter found herself approaching,
was one which had been erected by a family the same season
of their own settlement, who had afterward grown so home¬
sick that they had abandoned it and returned to the East. It
was hidden from view of their own dwelling by one of those
rolling hills which diversified the surface of the prairie, and
was about a mfle distant. She had often been in il when the
other family remained there. It was of better construction