V} UNCLE EZEKIELS EXPLOITS.
But alas! for all his loving toil. Sickness, that worst
scourge of the western emigrant, laid its hand very soon upon
tiieir happiness. Edith, so young, so inexperienced, was un¬
fitted for the trials which came upon her. She came lo that
wide, wild prairie to find a grave there, instead of the cunniug
home her hope had pictured.
Mr. Lancaster gave up at once all thought of life in Amer-
lica. The great solitude of the prairie threatened, in his
mood, to destroy his mind. He could not bear it. He re¬
solved to return to the home of his youth. He wished to
lake his child; but that was simply impossible, for the pres¬
ent. Mrs. Potter promised lo do her best by it, and he had
faith in her word; it was a little girl, and she had no daugh
ter—she should love it as if it were hers. James, faithful to
the last degree, declared his intention of remaining with the
child, and serving it, until his master's return for it, which
was to be as soon as it was considered old enough to hc-ar
the journey, A year was the lime set.