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Women were found who would undertake the business for good wages, but they were ignorant and must be taught, - proud, and must be conciliated. Some would flounce out of doors, and insist on being carried back to their homes, on the discovery that they were to have a table separate from that of their employers. Others would swallow this mortification for a while, until their own purpose was answered the price of a new dress, or a smart bonnet perhaps - and then call up the latent dignity, and declare they "couldn't stan' it no longer!"

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These usually took a good deal of pains to make known far and wide the ground of their dissatisfaction; and it became, after a while, almost equivalent to a loss of caste to endure indignities which so many had spurned.

Then domestics were brought from the city, at enormously-disproportioned expense, and these invariably became dissatisfied some because they were taught by busy neighbours to feel themselves in a degraded position, and others for want of company

and amusement.

Poor Mr. Sibthorpe was almost in despair, but his wife took all cheerily, and learned to be so good a manager that the discomforts of imperfect arrangements were almost forgotten, and Mr. Sibthorpe acknowledged that a greater amount of absolute labour than he had supposed himself capable of had really benefited his health and spirits. To till the soil is tiresome enough, but it was only pleasure to dig in the garden at his wife's solicitation. The care of horses has its disagreeables; but he could generally hire some kind of a biped who would attend to the ponies after his own fashion; and for the rest - did not the daily drive with Florella and Charlotte through the openings more than compensate for all the personal supervision which he himself bestowed on them?

And so the time wore on, and, for people out of their element, the Sibthorpes were the happiest family I ever saw. But it so happened that Mrs. Sibthorpe, who continued her active life after her friends thought it would have been prudent to adopt

a more quiet one, was taken ill, unexpectedly, and while all needful aid was distant, and the roads in their worst state.


physician was six miles off, and the nurse a good deal further, and the kindness and sympathy of some women in the neighbourhood were the only available resource. With these, most happily, our friend did as well, and perhaps better than crowned heads are apt to do in similar straits; and something, which it is proper to call a fine boy, was dressed and being fed and toasted when the doctor arrived. But though all was thus happily over, Mr. Sibthorpe's anxiety amounted to absolute anguish in view of the isolated position in which he fancied himself. From the fever of solicitude in which I found him the next day, I can but wonder that he had not died outright before the physician and nurse made their appearance. He paced the floor with a most perturbed step, and wiped his forehead almost as often as on that burning prairie where we first met him. He declared that nothing to be named, of earthly good, would make him

endure again the anxiety he had suffered; and we could not but think his feelings very natural, although to us old settlers they appeared somewhat exaggerated. It takes time, and something else too, before those who have been accustomed to deify art can venture to place confidence in nature. it must be allowed that few things are more depressing than the lack of proper attendance for the sick.


Mrs. Sibthorpe was about very soon after, and quite absorbed in her new cares, if cares they could be called, which seemed to be mere recreation. She was one of those enviable people who accomplish a great deal without ever seeming busy; and, by the habit of never really losing a moment of time, she was able to take good care of her baby with very imperfect aid, and at the same time to find leisure enough for her favourite pursuits.

But the difficulty of procuring anything like comfortable domestic service grew to be an intolerable evil. The cottage, with all its charms (and they were many), re

quired yet this addition - somebody to keep it clean. Little Dudley was a treasure, and treasures must have keepers. Our friend Mrs. Sibthorpe, lovely as she was (and is), was yet mortal, and must have something to eat; and Mr. Sibthorpe, though a philosopher (in his way), was but a man, and had been accustomed to lean a good deal on his fellow-men. While the novelty lasted, it did very well to turn menial labours into play, and split wood and curry the horses for exercise. But it has always been found that amusements, after a while, become tiresome, and our friends were no exception to the general rule. Only one of the four people who came with them to the wilds now remained, and she, though faithful as gold, had a terrible proneness to ague, and was given to going beyond her strength as soon as she was able to do anything.

After much reluctance and many ingenious expedients, Mr. Sibthorpe concluded to leave the cottage for the winters, at least, and make a temporary sojourn in Detroit, where a moderate amount of money will buy

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