IS UNCLE ezekiel's EXPLOITS.
of her own ; and the prim atteudaiit groaned in spirit to see
Ihe lovely little heiress of the Lancasters playing with the pigs,
and, what was just as bad in his estimation, her brothers Dan
and Amos eating with a pewter spoon out of an earthcrn mug,
and relishing a corn-dodger in blissful ignorance of the supe¬
rior merits of English plum-pudding.
" I don't see why you need to run this country down, in
particular," remarked Mr. Potter lo the querulous James upon
one occasion ; " you're gettin' to be a rich man and a landed
prdprietor, which, I reckon, wouldn't have happened to you
if you'd staid where you belonged. Don't grumble over your
good luck, old fellow."
James straightened himself as tall as his five feet two inches
would permit, and looked around grandly upon his estate.
The Potters and himself had been sleadfly and swiftly whirled
up the wheel of fortune during the few years of their ac¬
Finding that grieving after his master would not bring him
back, James had taken possession of all the land the govern¬
ment allowed him, both for himself and Edith. Of this, at
first, he cultivated but little, but he went into the business of
market-gardener; aud very glad were the new settlers in
Beaver-Creek village, who had money to buy with, to take his
vegetables and fruits at high prices.
Gradually he had hired men lo plant wheat and corn for
him;' he had apple and peach trees growing and bearing
fruit; and the vine-covered cabin which he occupied took on
an air of English rural life and comfort. His pig-pens were
out of sight of the house, in fi-ont of which he had a beautiful
flower-garden, and in the rear the large vegetable-gardens from
which he made so much money. In striking contrast to the
Potter's flowerless and shrubless home was James's snug resi¬
dence. Mrs. Potter was neat indoors and a thriving house¬
wife, but she had little taste for the refinements of life.
The devotion of the old servant to the child of Edith was
something pleasant lo see. It was for her he raised flowers;
for her he fixed up the front room so finely with white cur¬
tains and a carpet; for her he bought an Indian pony; for
her even that he laid up money. He had taken her home to
live with him, and to " try and make a lady of her."