23 UNCLE ezekiel's EXPLOITS.
men. Mr. Potter M'as too sagacious a man, and had craved
" book-laming" too earnestly himself, not to be proud of this
ilisposition in his son, and ready to furnish him with means.
Daniel concluded that his education was already sufficient
for his purposes ; he was of a speculative turn, and had ob¬
tained an interest in some valuable lead-mines then being
opened in the country north of theirs.
So the Potters were now quite alone iu the new house they
had buflt, and Mr. Pipkin M'as undisturbed in the pursuance
of that thrifty acquisitiveness which was gradually filling his
chest, with coin, and which enabled him to pay afl the bills of
the boarding-school with a flourish quite to his liking.
The original old blue coat stfll hung upon him, tliough he had
a new one made after the same pattern, lo wear when he vis¬
ited the chfld in whom he took such a quaint and unselfish
"I belongs to her, ma'am," he informed the lady-principal,
" as I belonged to her grandfather and her father. It shan't
never be said that »ne of the Lancasters was without a fol¬
The history of the chfld became known in the school, and
made her quite a heroine; but she bore her honors meekly.