14 UNOliE SZEKIEL'S EXPLOITS.
little Edith on his knee, ftii-.l watching the housewife stewing
'punkin" for pies. 'I've liourd so much of them, that I've
•> great curiosity lo ?ce them"
"Wouldn't you be il'raid'?" asked Mrs. Potter, who had not
much respect for the liravony contained in the bosom of the
" Afraid 1 who ccr i<n>)w a llinglishman to be afraid of
any thing under the suu, ma'am, I'd like to know ? You do
not happreciate us."
"Possibly, But Petci tiioughi you was a little scared the
time you and him met the b'ai."
" Oh well, law, ma'^im, ti beai is a very different thing
from a Hindian. I own i was a little flustered, but it was
simply because the event w:is so unexpected. I've never
been accustomed to bears. Tliey do not have any such hout-
rngeous monsters in Hing'and. However, if I'd ever known
he was a coming, and had a Ix'cii prepared, I presume I
shouldn't 'ave flinched."
"Wall, I'm free to own I don't like the Injins; they're a
snaky set. Peter says your coat-tails stood out straight that
time the b'ar growled, and stuck his head out that holler
" I took to flight, of course, but I was actuated by no-
Mrs. Potter looked up from stewing her pumpkin, and her
eyes fell upon at least one hundred dusky savages who had
stolen sflently in front of the house. James gave one jump,
with Edith in his arms, and got behind the portly form of
Mrs. Potter. The unwelcome visitors thought this a good
joke, and set up yells and shrieks of delight, brandishing their
guns and bows, dancing, and making uncouth gestures.
"Don't let 'em see you're afraid," spoke Mrs. Potter, in a
low voice—she herself had hardly changed countenance—" or
p'r'aps they'll be a little sassy. There's no reason to be scared.
They've been up to the station, and are on their way home.
They're friendly tribes; I know 'em,"
Saying this, she seated herself in the door, and looked com¬
posedly at them. Seeing they could not frighten her, they
teased to brandish theu- weapons, and gathered close about.
" 0 Lord, that ever we should 'ave come to a country like