J J UXCLE EZEKIELS EXPLOITS.
innocent Mrs. Potter. " Two artists, as you call yourselves,
at my table, I s'pose I ought to feel honored."
The stranger smiled. There was just the slightest haughty
motion of the young girl's head, which told of innate aris¬
tocracy, and she kept her eyes carefully from his direction.
" Pshaw !" growled Mr. Potter. " Seems to me pencfls and
paper and such like puttering trash is small work for men—
not but making picters is pretty enough work for girls. Hope
you'll excuse me, stranger, but them's my sentiments."
Edith caught the young gentleman's eye, and laughed out
in her SM'cet, merry way.
" Do not make any apologies for being severe upon us; m'c
Are used to it," replied the stranger. "We know it's the
fashion of the world to think there's common-sense in nothin^j
" Wall, how are we to get along without money, I'd flke to
l-;i:oM' ? If the men don't make money, what will the women
do, hey, sis ?"
" Oh, don't ask me! I'm sure I never thought," cried
Edith. " James gives me all I want, and that's all I care
" About as much as women in gineral know," growled the
host, with a laugh.
A general good humor prevafled at the close of the meal;
after M'hicli Mr. Beverly asked Edith to see her sketch.
" With pleasure, if I may see yours in return."
Mrs. Potter bent over it, to look at it with her.
" Law, if he hasn't got you in, as natural as your own face,"
she exclaimed, delightedly. " Did you set stfll and let him
" She sat very stfll," said the artist, with a spice of enjoy¬
ment in his tone. " She scarcely stirred for over an hour.
Just the position I liked, too. See how exquisite the profile
is, and the graceful bend of her head; Mhile the pencil in her
hand and the sketch in her lap, gave her au artistic air, highly
becoming to my picture,"
" Thank you for flattering me through a medium," answered
Edith, half-vexed and half-amused, " I do not think I should
have kept so stfll if I had known the consequences. I shall
only forgive your presumption upon condition that you rive
uie the paintinff."