Uncle tom's cabin - online children's book

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the steersman at the wheel paused and smiled, as the pic­ture-like head gleamed through the window of the round­house, and in a moment was gone again. A thousand times a day rough voices blessed her, and smiles of un­wonted softness stole over hard faces as she passed ; and when she tripped fearlessly over dangerous places, rough, sooty hands were stretched involuntarily out to save her, and smooth her path.
Tom, who had the soft, impressible nature of his kindly race, ever yearning toward the simple and childlike, watched the little creature with daily increasing interest. To him she seemed something almost divine ; and when­ever her golden head and deep blue eyes peered out upon him from behind some dusty cotton-bale, or looked down upon him over some ridge of packages, he half believed that he saw one of the angels stepped out of his New Tes­tament.
Often and often she walked mournfully round the place where Haley's gang of men and women sat in their chains. She would glide in among them, and look at them with an air of perplexed and sorrowful earnestness ; and sometimes she would lift their chains with her slender hands, and then sigh woefully, as she glided away. Several times she ap­peared suddenly among them, with her hands full of candy, nuts, and oranges, which she would distribute joyfully to them, and then be gone again.
Tom watched the little lady a great deal, before he ven­tured on any overtures towards acquaintanceship. He knew an abundance of simple acts to propitiate and invite the approaches of the little people, and he resolved to play his part right skillfully. He could cut cunning little baskets out of cherry-stones, could make grotesque faces on hickory nuts, or odd-jumping figures out of elder-pith, and he was a very Pan in the manufacture of whistles of all sizes and sorts. His pockets were full of miscellaneous articles of attraction, which he had hoarded in days of old for his master's children, and which he now produced, with com-