"He air to sleep.... And ye ain't no business a-wakin' him up, nuther." Suddenly a dread flashed into Teola's mind. "Tessibel, he is.... There is something the matter with him!" She was fully dressed, tremblingly holding the post of the bed for support. "There is something the matter with him!" she gasped again. "Nothin' that air a-hurtin' him," soothed Tess.

Cap'n Darby, he could snooze till doomsday; but we knowed you wouldn't want to miss no fun a-going." "Cap'n Sam'l does show his years," Abe admitted. "Much obliged fer yew a-wakin' me up, boys," as he drew on his boots. "I was dreamin' I was hungry. Law, I wish I had a dollar apiece fer all the eyester-stews I've et on this here table 'twixt sunset an' sunrise."

She never heard of "sich bisness, a-wakin' people out of their beds in the middle o' the night fur dem foolin' merchines." But Harry's racket had a good effect, after all. It woke Aunt Judy, and after a time she got out of bed, uncovered the fire, blew up a little blaze, lighted a candle, and putting on some clothes, came and opened the door, grumbling all the time.

When at supper-time he carried her back to the room, she was asleep and he laid her in her cradle himself. He moved about very quietly afterwards and ate his supper alone with frequent glances at the sleeper. "Don't take her away," he said to Mornin when she came in; "leave her here." "'N' hev her a-wakin' 'n' disturbin' uv ye, Mars' Tom!" she responded.