the steps again, finding himself now nearly up to his armpits
They sauntered through the fragrant lanes, as if their loitering would prolong the time and check the fiery-footed steeds galloping apace towards the close of the happy day. It was past five o'clock before they came to the great mill-wheel, which stood in Sabbath idleness, motionless in a brown mass of shade, and still wet with yesterday's immersion in the deep transparent water beneath. They clambered the little hill, not yet fully shaded by the overarching elms; and then Ruth checked Mr. Bellingham, by a slight motion of the hand which lay within his arm, and glanced up into his face to see what that face should express as it looked on Milham Grange, now lying still and peaceful in its afternoon shadows. It was a house of after-thoughts; building materials were plentiful in the neighbourhood, and every successive owner had found a necessity for some addition or projection, till it was a picturesque mass of irregularity--of broken light and shadow--which, as a whole, gave a full and complete idea of a "Home." All its gables and nooks were blended and held together by the tender green of the climbing roses and young creepers. An old couple were living in the house until it should be let, but they dwelt in the back part, and never used the front door; so the little birds had grown tame and familiar, and perched upon the window-sills and porch, and on the old stone cistern which caught the water from the roof.
They went silently through the untrimmed garden, full of the pale-coloured flowers of spring. A spider had spread her web over the front door. The sight of this conveyed a sense of desolation to Ruth's heart; she thought it was possible the state-entrance had never been used since her father's dead body had been borne forth, and without speaking a word, she turned abruptly away, and went round the house to another door. Mr. Bellingham followed without questioning, little understanding her feelings, but full of admiration for the varying expression called out upon her face.
The old woman had not yet returned from church, or from the weekly gossip or neighbourly tea which succeeded. The husband sat in the kitchen, spelling the psalms for the day in his Prayer-book, and reading the words out aloud--a habit he had acquired from the double solitude of his life, for he was deaf. He did not hear the quiet entrance of the pair, and they were struck with the sort of ghostly echo which seems to haunt half-furnished and uninhabited houses. The verses he was reading were the following:--
"Why art thou so vexed, O my soul: and why art thou so disquieted within me?
"O put thy trust in God: for I will yet thank him, which is the help of my countenance, and my God."
And when he had finished he shut the book, and sighed with the satisfaction of having done his duty. The words of holy trust, though, perhaps, they were not fully understood, carried a faithful peace down into the depths of his soul. As he looked up, he saw the young couple standing in the middle of the floor. He pushed his iron-rimmed spectacles. on to his forehead, and rose to greet the daughter of his old master and ever-honoured mistress.
"God bless thee, lass! God bless thee! My old eyes are glad to see thee again."
Ruth sprang forward to shake the horny hand stretched forward in the action of blessing. She pressed it between both of hers, as she rapidly poured out questions. Mr. Bellingham was not altogether comfortable at seeing one whom he had already begun to appropriate as his own, so tenderly familiar with a hard-featured, meanly-dressed day-labourer. He sauntered to the window, and looked out into the grass-grown farmyard; but he could not help overhearing some of the conversation, which seemed to him carried on too much in the tone of equality. "And who's yon?" asked the old labourer at last. "Is he your sweetheart? Your missis's son, I reckon. He's a spruce young chap, anyhow."
- and the girl's mind was in such a turmoil that she had
- the water. De Soto, who had watched these movements with
- it had been copied in MS. He also confesses to selecting
- idea of introducing a Bill for the regulation of steamers,
- her arms, and laughed shrilly, insanely. Then she turned
- and the savage, the latter endeavoring to temporize only
- the expedition was to use her influence in controlling
- was an easy matter for the survivors of the expedition
- He divided his small following into two parties, entrusting
- Even if the English should offer me injury, I would not
- his desire to continue in peace and friendship with his
- after requesting 'the pale-face medicine' to exercise his
- and gunpowder. The latter article was required for a very
- 6. That when his came to them upon any occasion, they should
- and the Indian, The Winning of the West, The Manners
- a mazy labyrinth of paths pointing in every direction.
- which swirled fully three feet of water, which, slowly
- among certain tribes, and while it was a safeguard to prevent
- and less warlike, than the others they had met in their
- was so exact that the Spaniards had no longer any doubt.
- in water. He just managed to get in under the sluice gate
- and he, and he alone, had arrived at the grand principle
- his followers, save only in a great chain of white beads
- The princess and her advisers had learned by this time
- He ducked rapidly, almost touching the muddy water with
- from the use of vessels navigated by steam.—I have the
- a mazy labyrinth of paths pointing in every direction.
- say, was also called Powhatan. Indeed, the English understanding
- his fingers, right and left, and presently found slimy
- from his stand; if any faile, they presently send forth
- of Pocahontas, full of years and satiated with fightings,
- purpose was to disarm the English and then massacre them,
- indigo came next in value; then capsicum, old clothes,
- of making full satisfaction for it whenever it became practicable.
- more conspicuous than the others, but it was in turn dominated
- of the Indians in general and those of the New England
- Even as he realized the fact, the quarry vanished, and
- was taken alarmingly ill with a burning fever, caused by
- with courtesy. Mr. Winslow, with the aid of Squanto as
- us, becoming, in fact, a sad annoyance to the colonists
- to sleep, rose and wandered out into the garden. The Hon.
- for the sufficient reason that he did not fully comprehend
- measures for his relief, consisting of a confection of
- notions of his own importance and make it impossible to
- to have a good idea of time, was employed to strike the
- persons, of whom only two were saved, by262 dropping from
- still groping in the dark with the use of such indefinite
- through the street of this village until he advanced towards
- bivouacked near us. They had no shelter during the rain.
- that stood upon a neighboring mound, she said: That is