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Mary Louise Solves A Mystery - Chapter 7. Mary Louise Intrudes Mary Louise Solves A Mystery - Chapter 7. Mary Louise Intrudes

Mary Louise Solves A Mystery - Chapter 7. Mary Louise Intrudes
CHAPTER VII. MARY LOUISE INTRUDESIt was four years later when on a sunny afternoon in April a carriage broke down on the Amalfi Road, between Positano and Sorrento, in Italy. A wheel crumpled up and the driver stopped his horses and explained to his passengers in a jumble of mixed Italian and English that he could go no farther. The passengers, an old gentleman of distinguished appearance and a young girl as fresh and lovely as a breath of spring, clambered out of the rickety vehicle and after examining the wheel admitted that their driver spoke truly. On one side the... Long Stories - Post by : Truman - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. Frank Baum - Read : 2262

Mary Louise Solves A Mystery - Chapter 6. Flitting Mary Louise Solves A Mystery - Chapter 6. Flitting

Mary Louise Solves A Mystery - Chapter 6. Flitting
CHAPTER VI. FLITTINGOnce more they moved suddenly, and the second flitting came about in this way:Alora stood beside the easel one morning, watching her father work on his picture. Not that she was especially interested in him or the picture, but there was nothing else for her to do. She stood with her slim legs apart, her hands clasped behind her, staring rather vacantly, when he looked up and noted her presence."Well, what do you think of it?" he asked rather sharply."Of the picture?" said Lory."Of course.""I don't like it," she asserted, with childish frankness."Eh? You don't like it? Why not,... Long Stories - Post by : Dusty13 - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. Frank Baum - Read : 3305

Mary Louise Solves A Mystery - Chapter 5. In The Studio Mary Louise Solves A Mystery - Chapter 5. In The Studio

Mary Louise Solves A Mystery - Chapter 5. In The Studio
CHAPTER V. IN THE STUDIOThe fact that it was beginning to grow dark prevented Alora from observing all the tawdriness of her new home and what she saw inspired her more with curiosity than dismay. The little girl had been reared from babyhood in an atmosphere of luxury; through environment she had become an aristocrat from the top of her head to the tips of her toes; this introduction to shabbiness was unique, nor could she yet understand that such surroundings were familiar to many who battle for existence in a big city. The very fact that her father's humble flat... Long Stories - Post by : ow24160 - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. Frank Baum - Read : 2644

Mary Louise Solves A Mystery - Chapter 4. Alora's New Life Mary Louise Solves A Mystery - Chapter 4. Alora's New Life

Mary Louise Solves A Mystery - Chapter 4. Alora's New Life
CHAPTER IV. ALORA'S NEW LIFETime sears all heart wounds. The scars remain, perhaps, but as the clock ticks on the ache is stilled and the soreness finally passes away.At first Alora was heart-broken over her mother's loss. She lived in a sort of stupor for weeks after the funeral. Her father's presence she accepted without comment or emotion, for it had been arranged by "Mamma Tone." She did not consider, in those first weeks, whether she cared for her newly found father or not. Her mother's statement that he was a "good man" and would love Alora dearly was taken by... Long Stories - Post by : ben.g - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. Frank Baum - Read : 1179

Mary Louise Solves A Mystery - Chapter 3. Alora's Father Mary Louise Solves A Mystery - Chapter 3. Alora's Father

Mary Louise Solves A Mystery - Chapter 3. Alora's Father
CHAPTER III. ALORA'S FATHERA man slouched into the lofty foyer of the Hotel Voltaire and paused uncertainly, as if awed by the splendor of the place. A boy in uniform hastened to relieve him of his hand baggage, which consisted of a "roll-me-up" or "carryall" of brown canvas, strapped around the middle, such as one often sees in traveling on the Continent. It seemed a much used and abused affair and painted upon the ends were the dimmed initials: "J. J."This man was plainly dressed. His clothing was of the cheap, ready-made variety, worn nearly to shabbiness and matched by a... Long Stories - Post by : mrtwist - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. Frank Baum - Read : 1768

Mary Louise Solves A Mystery - Chapter 2. Mother And Daughter Mary Louise Solves A Mystery - Chapter 2. Mother And Daughter

Mary Louise Solves A Mystery - Chapter 2. Mother And Daughter
CHAPTER II. MOTHER AND DAUGHTERThe child crept softly to her mother's bedside, but once there she impulsively threw her arms about "Mamma Tone's" neck and embraced her so tightly that the sick woman was obliged to tear the little arms away. She did this tenderly, though, and holding the trembling hands in her own kissed both of Lory's cheeks before she said:"I've news for you, dear.""Are you better, mamma?" asked Lory."Of course not," was the calm reply. "You mustn't expect mamma ever to get well, my darling. But that shouldn't worry you--not too much, you know. One of the queer things... Long Stories - Post by : JuvioSuccess - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. Frank Baum - Read : 1850

Mary Louise Solves A Mystery - Chapter 1. Doctor And Patient Mary Louise Solves A Mystery - Chapter 1. Doctor And Patient

Mary Louise Solves A Mystery - Chapter 1. Doctor And Patient
CHAPTER I. DOCTOR AND PATIENTA little girl sat shivering in a corner of a reception room in the fashionable Hotel Voltaire. It was one of a suite of rooms occupied by Mrs. Antoinette Seaver Jones, widely known for her wealth and beauty, and this girl--a little thing of eleven--was the only child of Mrs. Antoinette Seaver Jones, and was named Alora.It was not cold that made her shiver, for across the handsomely furnished room an open window gratefully admitted the summer sunshine and the summer breeze. Near the window the draught came coolest, a middle-aged woman in a sober dress... Long Stories - Post by : gabby - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. Frank Baum - Read : 1855

Mary Louise In The Country - Chapter 28. Planning The Future Mary Louise In The Country - Chapter 28. Planning The Future

Mary Louise In The Country - Chapter 28. Planning The Future
CHAPTER XXVIII. PLANNING THE FUTUREIt was nearly a month later when Mary Louise, walking down to the river on an afternoon, discovered Ingua sitting on the opposite bank and listlessly throwing pebbles into the stream. She ran across the stepping-stones and joined her little friend."How is your grandfather this morning?" she asked."I guess he's better," said Ingua. "He don't mumble so much about the Lost Cause or the poor men who died for it in Ireland, but Ma says his broken heart will never mend. He's awful changed, Mary Louise. To-day, when I set beside him, he put out his hand... Long Stories - Post by : sbeard - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. Frank Baum - Read : 729

Mary Louise In The Country - Chapter 27. Nan's Triumph Mary Louise In The Country - Chapter 27. Nan's Triumph

Mary Louise In The Country - Chapter 27. Nan's Triumph
CHAPTER XXVII. NAN'S TRIUMPHThe night's events were not yet ended. An automobile left the edge of the stone-yard, followed a lane and turned into the main highway it encountered a woman standing in the middle of the road and waving her arms. She was distinctly visible in the moonlight.The man with the monocle slowed the car and came to a sudden stop, rather than run her down."What's the matter?" he demanded impatiently."Wait a minute; I want to talk to you.""Can't stop," he replied in a querulous tone. "I've got fifty miles to make before daylight. Out of my way, woman."With... Long Stories - Post by : ben.g - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. Frank Baum - Read : 1567

Mary Louise In The Country - Chapter 26. The Plot Mary Louise In The Country - Chapter 26. The Plot

Mary Louise In The Country - Chapter 26. The Plot
CHAPTER XXVI. THE PLOTWhen they were over the stones and in the lane again, walking arm in arm toward the village, Josie's logical mind turned from her own failure to a consideration of the story her father had just told her."I can't understand," she remarked, "how Joselyn came into this affair, what happened to him, or why he is once more the secret associate of old Cragg.""Joselyn," said the old detective, "is a clever grafter--in other words, an unmitigated scoundrel. Now do you understand?""Not quite," confessed Josie."He's Irish.""Isn't his name Scotch?""Yes, but Joselyn isn't his name. If you're inclined to pick... Long Stories - Post by : best4you - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. Frank Baum - Read : 2798

Mary Louise In The Country - Chapter 25. Father And Daughter Mary Louise In The Country - Chapter 25. Father And Daughter

Mary Louise In The Country - Chapter 25. Father And Daughter
CHAPTER XXV. FATHER AND DAUGHTERThe girl would have screamed had not a hand been swiftly laid across her lips to stifle the sound. She tried to rise, but the shelf of rock beneath which she crouched prevented her. However, she struggled until an arm was passed firmly around her waist and a stern voice said warningly:"Josie! Control yourself."Instantly her form relaxed and became inert. She breathed hard and her heart still raced, but she was no longer afraid."Kiss me, Daddy!" she whispered, and the man obeyed with a chuckle of delight.There was silence for a time, while she collected herself. Then... Long Stories - Post by : Ndoki - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. Frank Baum - Read : 1470

Mary Louise In The Country - Chapter 24. Facing Danger Mary Louise In The Country - Chapter 24. Facing Danger

Mary Louise In The Country - Chapter 24. Facing Danger
CHAPTER XXIV. FACING DANGERNan's presence at Cragg's Crossing rendered Josie O'Gorman uneasy. She had the Cragg case so well in hand, now, and the evidence in her possession was so positively incriminating, in her judgment, that she did not like to be balked by a clever female detective from her father's own office. She had little doubt but Nan would do all in her power to save old Hezekiah Cragg from the penalty of his misdeeds, and her greatest fear was that he might utterly disappear before O'Gorman sent her assistance.With this fear growing in her mind, on Monday she determined... Long Stories - Post by : add2it - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. Frank Baum - Read : 3397

Mary Louise In The Country - Chapter 23. Peculiar People Mary Louise In The Country - Chapter 23. Peculiar People

Mary Louise In The Country - Chapter 23. Peculiar People
CHAPTER XXIII. PECULIAR PEOPLEOld Swallowtail came home at about four o'clock in the afternoon. The day was hot, yet the old man seemed neither heated nor wearied. Without a word to his daughter or Ingua he drew a chair to the little shady porch and sat down in their company. Nan was mending her child's old frock; Ingua sat thinking.For half an hour, perhaps, silence was maintained by all. Then Nan turned and asked:"Have you covered your tracks?"He turned his glassy, expressionless eyes toward her."My tracks, as you call them," said he, "have been laid for forty years or more. They... Long Stories - Post by : codebluenj - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. Frank Baum - Read : 1934

Mary Louise In The Country - Chapter 22. Ingua's Mother Mary Louise In The Country - Chapter 22. Ingua's Mother

Mary Louise In The Country - Chapter 22. Ingua's Mother
CHAPTER XXII. INGUA'S MOTHER"And how do you like your grandfather? Is he good to you?" asked Mrs. Scammel on Sunday forenoon, as she sat on the porch beside her small daughter. Old Swallowtail did not usually go to his office on Sundays, but kept his room at the cottage and wrote letters. To-day, however, he had wandered down the path and disappeared, and Nan and Ingua were both glad to see him go."No," answered the child to both questions."You don't like him?""How can I, when he jes' sets an' glares at me ev'ry time he comes into the house--'cept when he... Long Stories - Post by : Joe_Coon - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. Frank Baum - Read : 1455

Mary Louise In The Country - Chapter 21. A Case Of Nerves Mary Louise In The Country - Chapter 21. A Case Of Nerves

Mary Louise In The Country - Chapter 21. A Case Of Nerves
CHAPTER XXI. A CASE OF NERVESThe "hotel" at the Crossing was not an imposing affair. Indeed, had there not been an "office" in the front room, with a wooden desk in one corner, six chairs and two boxes of sawdust to serve as cuspidors, the building might easily have been mistaken for a private residence. But it stood on the corner opposite the store and had a worn and scarcely legible sign over the front door, calling it a hotel in capital letters.The Hoppers, who operated the establishment, did an excellent business. On week days the farmers who came to town... Long Stories - Post by : Truman - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. Frank Baum - Read : 3200

Mary Louise In The Country - Chapter 20. An Unexpected Appearance Mary Louise In The Country - Chapter 20. An Unexpected Appearance

Mary Louise In The Country - Chapter 20. An Unexpected Appearance
CHAPTER XX. AN UNEXPECTED APPEARANCEFor a week it was very quiet at Cragg's Crossing. The only ripple of excitement was caused by the purchase of Ingua's new outfit. In this the child was ably assisted by Mary Louise and Josie; indeed, finding the younger girl so ignorant of prices, and even of her own needs, the two elder ones entered into a conspiracy with old Sol and slyly added another ten dollars to Ingua's credit. The result was that she carried home not only shoes and a new hat--trimmed by Miss Huckins without cost, the material being furnished from the fund--but... Long Stories - Post by : JuvioSuccess - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. Frank Baum - Read : 1969

Mary Louise In The Country - Chapter 19. Good Money For Bad Mary Louise In The Country - Chapter 19. Good Money For Bad

Mary Louise In The Country - Chapter 19. Good Money For Bad
CHAPTER XIX. GOOD MONEY FOR BADAt luncheon Josie appeared at the table, fresh as ever, and Mary Louise began to relate to her and to her grandfather the occurrences of the morning. When she came to tell how Sol Jerrems had declared the money counterfeit, Josie suddenly sprang up and swung her napkin around her head, shouting gleefully:"Glory hallelujah! I've got him. I've trapped Old Swallowtail at last."They looked at her in amazement."What do you mean?" asked Mary Louise.Josie sobered instantly."Forgive me," she said; "I'm ashamed of myself. Go on with the story. What became of that counterfeit bill?""Mr. Jerrems has... Long Stories - Post by : Joe_Coon - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. Frank Baum - Read : 1420

Mary Louise In The Country - Chapter 18. Doubts And Suspicions Mary Louise In The Country - Chapter 18. Doubts And Suspicions

Mary Louise In The Country - Chapter 18. Doubts And Suspicions
CHAPTER XVIII. DOUBTS AND SUSPICIONSMary Louise entered her friend's room at seven o'clock and exclaimed: "Not up yet?"Josie raised her head drowsily from the pillow."Let me sleep till noon," she pleaded. "I've been out all night.""And did you learn anything?" was the eager question."Please let me sleep!""Shall I send you up some breakfast, Josie?""Breakfast? Bah!"She rolled over, drawing the clothes about her, and Mary Louise softly left the darkened room and went down to breakfast."Gran'pa Jim," said she, thoughtfully buttering her toast, "do you think it's right for Josie to be wandering around in the dead of night?"He gave her an... Long Stories - Post by : runtonk - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. Frank Baum - Read : 2225

Mary Louise In The Country - Chapter 17. A Clew At Last Mary Louise In The Country - Chapter 17. A Clew At Last

Mary Louise In The Country - Chapter 17. A Clew At Last
CHAPTER XVII. A CLEW AT LASTThat night Josie resumed her watch of Cragg's cottage. She did not trust to the shadow of the tree to conceal her but hid herself under the bank of the river, among the dry stones, allowing only her head to project above the embankment and selecting a place where she could peer through some low bushes.She suspected that the excitement of the previous night might render the old man nervous and wakeful and send him out on one of his midnight prowls. This suspicion seemed justified when, at eleven-thirty, his light went out and a few... Long Stories - Post by : vbhnl - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. Frank Baum - Read : 2096

Mary Louise In The Country - Chapter 16. Ingua's New Dress Mary Louise In The Country - Chapter 16. Ingua's New Dress

Mary Louise In The Country - Chapter 16. Ingua's New Dress
CHAPTER XVI. INGUA'S NEW DRESS"Well," said Mary Louise, when Josie had related to her friend the story next morning, "what do you think of Old Swallowtail now?""About the same as before. I'm gradually accumulating facts to account for the old man's strange actions, but I'm not ready to submit them for criticism just yet. The plot is still a bit ragged and I want to mend the holes before I spread it out before you.""Do you think he suspects who you are?""No; he thinks I'm a waif from the city with a penchant for burglary. He expects me to rob you,... Long Stories - Post by : vbhnl - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. Frank Baum - Read : 3406