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mendable prudence and economy, one by one, as overtures for acquaintance and friendship.
The little one was shy, for all her busy interest in everything going on, and it was not easy to tame her. For a while, she would perch like a canary-bird on some box or package near Tom, while busy in the little arts aforenamed, and take from him, with a kind of grave bashfulness, the little articles he offered. But at last they got on quite confidential terms.
" What's little missy's name ? " said Tom, at last, when he thought matters were ripe to push such an inquiry.
" Evangeline St. Clare," said the little one, " though papa and everybody else call me Eva. Now what's your name r
" My name 's Tom; the little chil'en used to call me Uncle Tom, way back thar in Kentuck."
" Then I mean to call you Uncle Tom, because, you see, I like you," said Eva. " So, Uncle Tom, where are you going r
" I don't know, Miss Eva."
"Don't know?" said Eva.
" No. I am going to be sold to somebody. I don't know who."
" My papa can buy you," said Eva, quickly; " and if he buys you, you will have good times. I mean to ask him to, this very day."
" Thank you, my little lady," said Tom.
The boat here stopped at a small landing to take in wood, and Eva, hearing her father's voice, bounded nimbly away. Tom rose up, and went forward to offer his service in wooding, and soon was busy among the hands.
Eva and her father were standing together by the railings to see the boat start from the landing-place, the wheel had made two or three revolutions in the water, when, by some sudden movement, the little one suddenly lost her balance, and fell sheer over the side of the boat into the water. Her father, scarce knowing what he did,