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LIFE AMONG THE LOWLY            205
time this baggage was set out. Do look out, Eva, and see if you see your papa."
" Oh, yes, he 's down the end of the gentlemen's cabin, eating an orange."
" He can't know how near we are coming," said aunty; " had n't you better run and speak to him ? "
" Papa never is in a hurry about anything," said Eva, " and we have n't come to the landing. Do step on the guards, aunty. Look ! there 's our house, up that street! "
The boat now began, with heavy groans, like some vast, tired monster, to prepare to push up among the multiplied steamers at the levee. Eva joyously pointed out the va­rious spires, domes, and waymarks, by which she recog­nized her native city.
" Yes, yes, dear ; very fine," said Miss Ophelia. " But mercy on us! the boat has stopped! where is your fa­ther ? "
And now ensued the usual turmoil of landing, — waik ers running twenty ways at once, — men tugging trunks, carpet-bags, boxes, — women anxiously calling to their children, and everybody crowding in a dense mass to the plank towards the landing.
Miss Ophelia seated herself resolutely on the lately van­quished trunk, and marshaling all her goods and chattels in fine military order, seemed resolved to defend them to the last.
" Shall I take your trunk, ma'am ?" " Shall I take your baggage ? " " Let me 'tend to your baggage, Mis­sis ? " " Shan't I carry out these yer, Missis ? " rained down upon her unheeded. She sat with grim determina­tion, upright as a darning-needle stuck in a board, hold­ing on to her bundle of umbrella and parasols, and re­plying with a determination that was enough to strike dismay even into a hackman, wondering to Eva, in each interval, " what upon earth her papa could be thinking of; he could n't have fallen over, now, — but something must have happened;" — and just as she had begun to