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192            UNCLE TOM'S CABIN; OR
11 Rather hard on a fellow that pays extra on religion, and can't trade with it in the state where he wants it most, an't it, now ? " said the young man, who had been making out a roll of bills while he was speaking. " There, count your money, old boy! " he added, as he handed the roll to the trader.
" All right," said Haley, his face beaming with delight; and pulling out an old inkhorn, he proceeded to fill out a bill of sale, which, in a few moments, he handed to the young man.
" I wonder, now, if I was divided up and inventoried," said the latter, as he ran over the paper, "how much I might bring. Say so much for the shape of my head, so much for a high forehead, so much for arms, and hands, and legs, and then so much for education, learning, talent, honesty, religion ! Bless me! there would be small charge on that last, I 'm thinking. But come, Eva," he said; and taking the nand of his daughter, he stepped across the boat, and carelessly putting the tip of his finger under Tom's chin, said, good-humoredly, " Look up, Tom, and see how you like your new master."
Tom looked up. It was not in nature to look into that gay, young, handsome face, without a feeling of pleasure; and Tom felt the tears start in his eyes as he said, heartily, " God bless you, Mas'r ! "
" Well, I hope He will. What's your name ? Tom ? Quite as likely to do it for your asking as mine, from all accounts. Can you drive horses, Tom ? "
" I 've been allays used to horses," said Tom. " Mas'r Shelby raised heaps on 'em."
" Weil, I think I shall put you in coachy, on condition that you won't be drunk more than once a week, unless in cases of emergency, Tom."
Tom looked surprised, and rather hurt, and said, " I never drink, Mas'r."
" I 've heard that story before, Tom ; but then we '11 see. It will be a special accommodation to all concerned,