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pudding. He then said, " I suppose you haven't got no cider about the house ? ” and Israel, at his father's desire, immediately brought up a pitcher of that liquor from the cellar.
During supper, the tin-man entertained his entertainers with anecdotes of the roguery of his own countrymen, or rather, as he called them, his “ Statesmen.” In his opinion of their general dishonesty, Mrs. Warner most cordially joined. She related a story of an itinerant Yankee, who persuaded her to empty some of her pillows and bolsters, under colour of exchanging with him old feathers for new, a thing which she acknowledged had puzzled her not a little, as she thought it strange that any man should bargain so badly for himself. He produced from his cart a bag of feathers, which he declared were quite new; but after his departure she found that he had given her such short measure, that she had not half enough to fill her ticking, and most of the feathers were proved, upon examination, to have belonged to chickens rather than to geese-nearly a whole cock's tail having been found amongst them.
• The farmer pointed into the open door of the house, and shewed the tin-man a large wooden clock, put up without a case between two windows, the pendulum and the weight being “exposed and bare." This clock he had bought for ten dollars of a travelling Yankee, who had set out to supply the country with these machines. It had only kept tolerable time for about two months, and had ever since been getting faster and faster, though it was still faithfully wound up every week. The hands were now going merrily round at the rate of ten miles an hour, and it never struck less than twelve.
• The Yankee tin-man, with a candour that excited the admiration of the whole family, acknowledged that his statesmen were the greatest rogues on the face of the yearth; " and recounted instances of their trickery, that would have startled the belief of any, but the inexperienced and credulous people who were now listening to him. He told, for example, of sausages being brought to market in the eastern towns, that, when purchased and prepared for frying, were found to be filled with chopped turnip and shreds of red flannel.
For once, thought the Warners, we have found an honest Yankee.
They sat a long while at table ; and though the tin-man seemed to talk all the time he was eating, the quantity of victuals that he caused to disappear, surprised even Mrs. Warner, accustomed as she was to the appetite of Israel.
“When the Yankee had at last completed his supper, the farmer invited him to stay all night; but he replied, “ that as it was moonshiny, and fine cool travelling after a warm day, he preferred putting on towards Maryland as soon as his creatur was rested and had a feed.”
He then, without more ceremony, led his horse and cart into the barn-door, and stopping near the stable-door, fed the animal by the light of the moon, and carried him a bucket of water from the pump.
The girls being reminded by their mother that it was late, and that the cows had long since come home, they took their pails and went out to milk, while she washed up the supper things. While they were milking, the subsequent dialogue took place between them.
Orphy. I know it's not right to notice strangers, and to be sure the man's welcome; but, Amy, did thee ever see any body take vic.. tuals like this Yankee ?
Amy. Yes, but he didn't eat all he took, for I saw him slip a great chunk of bread and cheese into his pocket, and then a big piece of pie, while he was talking and making us laugh.
• Orphy. I wish he had not been too bashful to ask for victuals to take with him.
• Amy. And still he did not strike me at all as a bashful man.
Orphy. Suppose we were just in a private way to put some victuals into his cart for him, without letting him know any thing about it? Let's hide it among the tins, and then how glad he 'll be when he finds it to-morrow !
Amy. So we will: that's an excellent notion. I never pitied any body so much since the day the beggars came, which was five years ago last harvest, for I have kept count ever since ; and I remember it as well as if it was yesterday.
Orphy. We don't know what a hard thing it is to want victuals, as the Irish schoolmaster used to tell us, when he saw us emptying pans of milk into the pig-trough, and turning the cows into the orchard to eat the heaps of apples laying under the trees.
Amy. Yes, and it must be much worse for an American to want victuals, than for poor people who are used to it.
• After they had finished their milking, and strained and put away their milk, the kind-hearted little girls proceeded to accomplish their benevolent purpose. They took from the large wire-safe in the cellar, a pie, half a loaf of bread, and a great piece of cheese; and putting them into a basket, they went to the barn-yard, intending to tell their mother as soon as the tin-man was gone.
They went to the back of the cart, intending to deposit their provisions, when they were startled at seeing something, evidently alive, moving behind the round opening of the linen cover; and in a moment the head of a little black child peeped out.
“The girls were so surprised, that they stopped short, and could not utter a word, and the young negro, evidently afraid of being seen, immediately popped down its head among the tins.
• “ Amy, did thee see that?” said Orphy, in a low voice.
«« Yes, I did so,” replied Amy; what can the Yankee be doing with that little neger, and why does he hide it? Let's go
and ask the child." *** No, no !” exclaimed Orphy, “the tinman will be angry." 2:4« And who cares if he is ?” said Amy; “ he has done something he is ashamed of, and we need not be afraid of him.”
They then went quite close to the back of the cart, and Amy-said, “Here, little snow-ball
, shew thyself and speak; and do not be afraid, for nobody's going to hurt thee."
6. How did thee come into this cart? asked Orphy; "and why does the Yankee hide thee? Tell us all about it, and be sure not to speak above thy breath.”
• The black child again peeped out of the hole, and looking cautiously round, said, “ Are you sure the naughty man won't hear us?
"“Quite sure," answered Amy," but is thee boy or girl ?”
«« I'm a little girl," replied the child; and with the characteristic volubility of her race, she continued, “and my name's Dinah, and I'm five years old, and my daddy and mammy are free-coloured people, and they lives a big piece off, and daddy works out, and mammy sells ginger-bread and malasses-beer, and we have a sign over the door, with a bottle and a cake on it."
* Amy. But how did this man get hold of thee if thy father and mother are free people? Thee can't be bound to him, or he need not hide thee. - Dinah. Oh, I know I can't bounded to him.-I expect he stole
Amy. Stole thee! What here in the free state of Pennsylvany?
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