IG UNCLE ezekiel's EXPLOITS.
and stalked off. Looking after them, to see if they stolen any <
thing, she immediately missed the ax and a hammer which'
had been lying by the wood-pile, and running after them, she
threatened them with informing the great father at Washington
of the loss of the chattels, if they did not give them up.
" I'll confess, ma'am, you're a woman of spirit," murmured
James, when he saw her return with the missing implements.
" Were you not afraid they would use the ax to make way
with you 'i Did you see how near I came to losing my life?
If I Jiadn't 'ave fought 'em so long as I had breath, I shouldn't
be alive now, to talk about it. They sneaked off when they
saw how determined I was. But my coal's tore, and I'm all
bruised up. 0 Lord, that ever I should 'ave come to a coun¬
try like this ! Next time I write lo master I . u-a. inform him
of the danger we've been in, and the efforts I j::£.I^ to conceal
his child from the savages by hiding her un?.;- the bed. I
shall advise him to come quickly and rescue us from the
dangers which beset us in this 'ere wild region."
" Wall, you've seen Injins, now, and felt 'em, too; and I
guess you're not so curious about 'em as you was a spell ago.
I see very plain you're a dangerous man in a fight, Mr.
Pipkin," and Mrs. Poller laughed good-naturedly. "Take
off your coat, and I'll set down and mend it for you. I never
purtended to like Injins. They're a pesky, thieving set; and
ugly where they durst to be. But you don't catch me backing
out, and letting 'em carry off the only ax Peter's got. As for
your writing to Mr. Lancaster, I suppose he'll come in the duo
course of time; and I, for one, shall be sorry to see him.
That baby seems as much my own, exactly as if I'd brought
it into the world, and it'll be a mournful day for me when it
goes out from under my roof."
" You've been uncommon good to my babe, ma'am—just as
good as a foster-mother could be; you've made it flourish on
cow's milk as fine as if it had its own proper element," an¬
swered James, softened alike by the mending process going on
with his coat, and the thought of the devotion of the whole
family to his darling; " but as for your talking about its being
yours—lawk, anybody can see it's a Lancaster all over. She's
the picture of her father a'ready. She's going to be a gi'eat
lady, this little infant is, ma'am. She'll wear jewels only