through the long old house, shutting doors behind him with a bang, he came into the barnyard and looked about with an amazed air of expectancy. It seemed to him that in such a place tremendous

things might have happened during the night. *

The farm hands looked at him and laughed. Henry Strader, an old man who had been on the

farm since Jesse came into possession and who be- .

fore David’s time had never been known to make a joke, made the same joke every morning. It amused David so that he laughed and clapped his hands. “See, come here and look,” cried the old man, “Grandfather ]esse’s white mare has torn the black stocking she Wears on her foot.”

Day after day through the long summer, Jesse Bentley drove from farm to farm up and down the valley of Wine Creek, and his grandson went with him. They rode in a comfortable old phae- ton drawn by the white horse. The old man scratched his thin white beard and talked to him- self of his plans for increasing the productiveness of the fields they visited and of God’s part in the plans all men made. Sometimes he looked at David and smiled happily and then for a long time he appeared to forget the boy’s existence. More and more every day now his mind turned back again to the dreams that had filled his mind when he had first come out of the city to live on the land. Qne afternoon he startled David by letting