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This could not be gainsaid; and the good man proceeded to exalt them to another set of extempore shelves in the upper story; and so many articles were included in the same category, that I began to congrat. ulate myself on the increase of clear space below, and to fancy we should soon begin to look very comfort. able.
My ideas of comfort were by this time narrowed down to a well-swept room with a bed in one corner, and cooking-apparatus in another—and this in some fourteen days from the city! I can scarcely, myself, credit the reality of the change.
It was not till I had occasion to mount the ladder that I realized that all I had gained on the confusion below was most hopelessly added to the confusion above, and I came down with such a sad and thought. ful brow, that my good aid-de-camp perceived my perplexity.
“ Had n't I better go and try to get one of the neighbour's gals to come and help you for a few days ?” said he.
I was delighted with the offer, and gave him carteblanche as to terms, which I afterwards found was a mistake, for, where sharp bargains are the grand aim of every body, those who express anything like indif. ference on the subject, are set down at once as having more money than they know what to do with ; and as this was far from being my case, I found reason to regret having given room for the conclusion.
The damsel made her appearance before a great while--a neat looking girl with “scarlet hair and belt to match ;” and she immediately set about “reconcil
ing” as she called it, with a good degree of energy and ingenuity. I was forced to confess that she knew much better than I how to make a log-house comfortable.
She began by turning out of doors the tall cup-board, which had puzzled me all the morning, observing very justly, 6 Where there ain't no room for a thing, why, there ain't;" and this decision cut the Gordian knot of all my plans and failures in the disposal of the ungainly convenience. It did yeoman's service long afterwards as a corn.crib.
When the bedsteads were to be put up, the key was among the missing ; and after we had sent far and wide and borrowed a key, or the substitute for one, no screws could be found, and we were reduced to the dire necessity of trying to keep the refractory posts in their places by means of ropes. Then there were candles, but no candle-sticks. This seemed at first rather in. convenient, but when Mr. Jennings had furnished blocks of wood with auger-holes bored in them for sockets, we could do nothing but praise the ingenuity of the substitute.
My rosy-haired Phillida who rejoiced in the eupho. nius appellation of Angeline, made herself entirely at home, looking into my trunks, &c., and asking the price of various parts of my dress. She wondered why I had not my hair cut off, and said she reckoned I would before long, as it was all the fashion about here.
6 When d' ye expect Him ? ” said the damsel, with an air of sisterly sympathy, and ere I could reply be. comingly, a shout of tiny joy” told me that Papa had
I did not cry for sorrow this time.
Dans toutes les professions et dans tous les arts, chacun se fait une mine et un extérieur qu' il met en la place de la chose dont il veut avoir la merite; de sorte que tout le monde n'est composé que de mines ; et c'est inutilement que nous travaillons à y trouver rien de ríel.
We see the reign or tyranny of custom, what it is. The In. dians lay themselves quietly upon a stack of wood, and so sacri. fice themselves by fire. *
Since custom is the principal magistrate of man's life, let men by all means endeavour to obtain good customs.
DIFFICULTIES began to melt away like frosty rime after this. Some were removed, but to many we be. came habituated in a far shorter time than I could have imagined possible. A carpenter constructed a narrow flight of board-steps which really seemed mag. nificent after the stick-ladder. The screws came be. fore the bed-steads were quite spoiled, and the arrival of my bureau—the unpacking of the box among whose multifarious contents appeared the coffee-mill, the smoothing-irons, the snuffers, gave more real delight than that of any case of splendid Parisian millinery that ever drew together a bevy of belles at Mrs. -'s show-rooms. I never before knew the value of a port. able desk, or realized that a bottle of ink might be reckoned among one's treasures.
Our preparations for residence were on a very limited scale, for we had no idea of inhabiting the loggery more than six weeks or two months at farthest. Our new dwelling was to be put up immediately, and our arrange. ments were to be only temporary. So easily are people deluded!
The Montacute mill was now in progress, and had grown (on paper,) in a short time from a story and a half to four stories ; its capabilities of all sorts being proportionably increased. The tavern was equally for. tunate, for Mr. Mazard had undertaken its erection entirely on his own account, as a matter of speculation, feeling, he said, quite certain of selling it for double its cost whenever he should wish. The plan of the publichouse was the production of his teeming brain, and ex. hibited congenial intricacies ; while the windows re. sembled his own eyes in being placed too near together, and looking all manner of ways. Several smaller buildings were also in progress, and for all these workmen at a high rate of wages were to be collected and provided for.
I could not but marvel how so many carpenters had happened to "locate" within a few miles of each other in this favoured spot; but I have since learned that a plane, a chisel, and two dollars a day make a carpenter in Michigan.
Mill-wrights too are remarkably abundant; but I have never been able to discover any essential difference between them and the carpenters, except that they receive three dollars per diem, which, no doubt, creates a distinction in time.
Our mill-wright was a little round-headed fellow with a button nose, a very Adonis, in his own eyes, and most aptly named Puffer, since never did a more consequen. tial dignitary condescend to follow a base mechanical calling. His statements, when he condescended to make any, were always given with a most magisterial air; and no suggestion, however skilfully insinuated or gently offered, was ever received without an air of insulted dignity, and a reiteration of his own conviction that it was probable he understood his business.
It is to be ascribed to this gentleman's care and accuracy that Mr. Clavers has since had the satisfaction of appearing as defendant in several suits at law, brought by those of his neighbours whose property had been doubled in value by the erection of the mill, and who therefore thought they might as well see what else they could get, to recover the value of sundry acres of wet marsh made wetter by the flowing back of the pond, while Mr. Puffer's calculations and le. vels prove most satisfactorily (on paper) that the pond had no business to flow back so far, and that therefore malice itself could ascribe no fault to his management.
But to return. Our own dwelling was to be built at the same time with all those I have mentioned ; and materials for the whole were to be brought by land carriage from two to thirty miles. To my inexperienced brain, these undertakings seemed nothing less than gigantic. I used to dream of the pyramids of Egypt, and the great wall of China, and often thought, during my waking hours, of the “ tower on Shinar's plain," and employed myself in conjectural comparisons between the confusion which punished the projectors of that