^;4. UNCLE EZEKIELS EXPLOITS.
had done sixteen years before; he Mas just as Mcazen, just as
l-;riui, and his breeches and coat looked as if they might be the
old, identical ones. They stopped at Mrs. Potter's, and then
James went on with the horses, whfle Edith put off her chat
Mitli the housewife until dinner, as she had taken a fancy lo
sketch the scenery about her home. After looking about a
little, she chose a seat near the spring, in a little bower which
had always been a favorite spot with her; from here she had
a viev/ of a range of distant bluffs, the SM'eeping expanse of
l)r;drie, aud the house and orchard near at hand. Her seat
M'as a mossy stone, looking like a great emerald set in a
sapphire ring, so thickly was it clustered about by violets.
Flinging her bonnet aside, she gathered two or three early
wild-roses, out of pure love of them, sticking them in her hair
" Now, child, to work!" she said, addressing herself, as she
drew forth pencfls and draiving-book.
Steadily she Morked aM'ay, the color deepening in her cheek
witli the glow of satisfactory progression, utterly lost to every
thing but her absorbing employment. She had labored over
an hour, when she paused to rest, throwing off her weariness
in a long sigh; then, tossing back the bright profusion of her
hair, she glanced around to take in the whole beautiflfl
Uttering an exclamation under her breath, she grew almost
pale M'ith the sudden start.
She M'as not the only artist who was out that morning
Not forty feet from Mhere she had been silling so coolly and
contentedly, for so long a time, sat a young gentleman,
engaged like herself, in sketching. He was comfortably seated
upon a camp-stool, lo which was attached a sliding box, con¬
taining the necessary appurtenances for drawing in water-
colors or M'ith crayons. At the moment when she discovered
him, he M'as in such a position as shoM'ed plainly that she was
" The impertinent fellow !" she murmured.
He M'as looking down upon his work when she discovered
him; and when he looked up, instead of looking at her, as she
expected, his clear blue eyes darted their firm rays directly
upou the distant bluff.