I feared Clara would get tired out, but she said: "Oh, no, they will come early, you know, and go away early also, and with you and Louis to hold me up I shall be borne on wings!" At six o'clock they began to appear. We had our supper at four, and were ready to receive them. Louis and I sat in Clara's sitting-room, and Aunt Hildy said: "It's my business to 'tend to the comin' in.

I said, and even as I said it my fingers came upon a similarly folded paper, and two more bills were brought to light. They were a valuable gift, and Aunt Phebe's gratitude gave vent in a forcible way, I knew, for Aunt Hildy told me afterward she thanked her "e'en a'most to death." I could hardly wait to rip the body of the cloak, and my surprise was unbounded when I discovered its contents.

I remember well how she spoke of it, in contrast with Deacon Grover's long-drawn-out table prayers, saying with emphasis; "The man, if he is a deacon, has a right to grow better, and we know he asks God to bless things cattle couldn't eat." Christmas, we all went to church, and although it was more than a mile, aunt Hildy refused to ride.

There was also the prospect of a new street being opened through the centre of the town, and if my father wished he could sell building lots on one side of it, for it would run along the edge of his land. "Trouble don't never come single-handed, neither does prosperity, Mr. Minot," said Aunt Hildy.

"Hem!" said Aunt Hildy, "she can get her picture all ready and put on the prettiest paint in the market, that man will be gone in less than twenty-four hours. Can't I see which way his sails are set?" Our back door-sill never was swept cleaner than where this sentence fell. "That may be," said mother; "I hope he will, for it seems to me we have too great a duty to perform if he stays.

"She was better when we left last night," said mother, "I thought she appeared as if ready for a comfortable night; but shall hear soon if she is better, Aunt Hildy will be home, and if not, Matthias will be over." "Wish I could see her will she go right away?" "That I do not know," said mother, "we have yet to learn her history. Mrs.

There was a breathless silence when Louis said: "We are here at the request of your friend, children, the blessed Aunt Hildy who has left a word for you. You know she loved you, and I imagine at this moment you are each wearing a pair of stockings which were knit for you by her. Now listen, please, while Mr. Minot reads to you her letter."

I wanted to stay with her through the night, but she said: "No, the baby needs you; so does Louis; I know how he feels; my night will be peaceful and my rest sweet; Aunt Hildy will rest beside me." "Yes, yes, I'll stay, and we shall both rest well," said Aunt Hildy.

She never said a word till the service ended, when she uttered one single "goo" as if well pleased. Aunt Hildy said at the supper-table she didn't believe any such thing ever happened before in the annals of our country's history, "She's the best baby I ever see. Wish she'd walk afore you leave."

Pears like he's got two sides to hisself, um, um." I heard this absent talk of Matthias', and also Aunt Hildy's words, and I marvelled, saying in my heart, "Emily Minot, what will be done next?" We were all glad to see mother, and she had enjoyed her visit, which had improved her much. "Hope you haint done any work?" said Aunt Hildy.