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" Her father seems to take a great interest in her, don't he,
now ? I'm afraid she'll get to be an old, old maid if she
waits to marry one of the English dukes or princes you have
in store for her. And look here, if you're not more polite, I
shall take the little lady away from you—eh, Edith ?"
Enraged beyond endurance by this audacity, the little old
man started off so blindly that he ran over a monstrous sow,
who was crunching wormy apples under the trees, who took
him on her back and trotted off with him, giving him a fine
John-Gilpin ride around and around the orchard, Edith clap¬
ping her hands aud applauding the performance merrily.
" 0 Lord, that ever I should 'ave come to a country like
this!" sighed James, as he picked himself up.
" You may go back to Hold Hingland as quick as you
please, after I marry this little girl," was the consoling remark
This trifling adventure was the means of bringing James
Pipkin to a resolution he had long hesitated to make—and
that was lo send Edith to the Beaver Creek young ladies'
school. He not only dreaded to part with her; but he had
an indistinct idea that her father, if she still had a father,
would not like it. But to leave her where she was, under the
unlimited influence of the Potter's, was not to be thought of
by him. Besides, it was high lime, if she was ever going to
have any accomplishments, that slie should begin the acquire¬
ment of them.
" Don't spare no pains nor expense. She must have the
best," was his parting injunction to the lady with whom, one
spring morning, he left his inconsolable charge, frightened and
forlorn, at the new sphere in which she found herself.
" Let her go," muttered Amos; " all the better. I can
study as well as she. I shall tell father, now, that I want
more time for schooling."
It was but a brief lime after this that he had a private talk
with his father, the result of which was that he prepared him¬
self to leave home and enter school afe the East. His parents
were now abundantly able to afford him this privflege. He
had worked side by side with his father for years, and felt that
a portion of his earnings ought to be his, for the purpose of
enabling him to fit himself to take a higher rank among