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Mary Louise And The Liberty Girls - Chapter 21. Surprises Mary Louise And The Liberty Girls - Chapter 21. Surprises

Mary Louise And The Liberty Girls - Chapter 21. Surprises
CHAPTER XXI. SURPRISESJosie went to dinner as soon as the dining room opened. When she came out she met Abe Kauffman going in. He stopped and spoke to her."Sell any brains yet?" in a jocular way."Not to-day," she replied, with her innocent, baby-like stare."Well, I didn't sell any suspenders, either. There are no spenders for _sus_penders. Ha, ha, ha!""That doesn't seem to worry you much," asserted Josie, pointedly.He gave a shrug."Well, to-morrow morning I leave by the 5:30 train east, so if I don't see you any more, I hope the brains will find a market.""Thank you."She went on, glad to... Long Stories - Post by : Ndoki - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. Frank Baum - Read : 2684

Mary Louise And The Liberty Girls - Chapter 20. One Girl's Wits Mary Louise And The Liberty Girls - Chapter 20. One Girl's Wits

Mary Louise And The Liberty Girls - Chapter 20. One Girl's Wits
CHAPTER XX. ONE GIRL'S WITSAs she entered the hotel Josie encountered Joe Langley, the one-armed soldier back from the war. She had taken a great interest in this young fellow and admired his simple, manly nature, having had several interesting conversations with him at the Liberty Girls' Shop and at the drills. Josie felt she needed an ally at this juncture, and here was one who could be trusted."Joe," she said earnestly, drawing him aside, "are you going to be busy this evening?""Yes, Miss O'Gorman, I'm busy every evening now," he replied. "I've taken a job, you know, and my loafing... Long Stories - Post by : runtonk - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. Frank Baum - Read : 1240

Mary Louise And The Liberty Girls - Chapter 19. The Printing Office Mary Louise And The Liberty Girls - Chapter 19. The Printing Office

Mary Louise And The Liberty Girls - Chapter 19. The Printing Office
CHAPTER XIX. THE PRINTING OFFICEAfter breakfast Josie sallied out upon the street and found a hardware store. There, after some exploration, she purchased an asbestos table-mat. With this she returned to her room and locked herself in.The chambermaid had "been and gone," but Josie's drawer was still locked and its precious contents intact. The girl scraped the surface of the table-mat with her pen-knife until she had secured enough loose fibre to serve her purpose and then she proceeded to restuff the fuse with the asbestos fibre the entire length of the section from which she had removed the powder. Then... Long Stories - Post by : ow24160 - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. Frank Baum - Read : 1788

Mary Louise And The Liberty Girls - Chapter 18. A Hint Feom Annie Boyle Mary Louise And The Liberty Girls - Chapter 18. A Hint Feom Annie Boyle

Mary Louise And The Liberty Girls - Chapter 18. A Hint Feom Annie Boyle
CHAPTER XVIII. A HINT FEOM ANNIE BOYLEJosie was late. In the breakfast room she found but one guest besides herself, an old lady with a putty face. But there was also a young girl seated at a near-by table who was grumbling and complaining to the maid who waited upon her."It ain't my fault, Miss Annie," protested the maid. "The cook says you ordered your breakfast half an hour ago, an' then went away. We tried to keep it hot for you, and if it's cold it's your own fault.""I was talking with Mr. Kauffman," pouted the girl, who seemed a... Long Stories - Post by : runtonk - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. Frank Baum - Read : 2624

Mary Louise And The Liberty Girls - Chapter 17. The Black Satchel Mary Louise And The Liberty Girls - Chapter 17. The Black Satchel

Mary Louise And The Liberty Girls - Chapter 17. The Black Satchel
CHAPTER XVII. THE BLACK SATCHELWhen Josie reached the hotel it was nearly midnight. Half the lights in the office had been extinguished and behind the desk, reading a novel, the night clerk sprawled in an easy chair.She hadn't seen the night clerk before. He was a sallow-faced boy, scarcely twenty years old, attired in a very striking suit of clothes and wearing a gorgeous jewelled scarf-pin in his cravat. As he read, he smoked a cigarette."Hello," said this brilliant individual, as Josie leaned over the counter and regarded him with a faint smile. "You're No. 43, I guess, and it's lucky... Long Stories - Post by : andrewteg - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. Frank Baum - Read : 2629

Mary Louise And The Liberty Girls - Chapter 16. Mrs. Charleworth Mary Louise And The Liberty Girls - Chapter 16. Mrs. Charleworth

Mary Louise And The Liberty Girls - Chapter 16. Mrs. Charleworth
CHAPTER XVI. MRS. CHARLEWORTHWhen Mary Louise reached home that evening she was surprised to find a note from Josie which said:"I've decided to change my boarding place for a week or so, although I shall miss Aunt Sally's cooking and a lot of other comforts. But this is business. If you meet me in the street, don't recognize me unless I'm quite alone. We've quarrelled, if anyone asks you. Pretty soon we'll make up again and be friends. Of course, you'll realize I'm working on our case, which grows interesting. So keep mum and behave.""I wish I knew where she's gone,"... Long Stories - Post by : add2it - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. Frank Baum - Read : 1078

Mary Louise And The Liberty Girls - Chapter 15. Suspenders For Sale Mary Louise And The Liberty Girls - Chapter 15. Suspenders For Sale

Mary Louise And The Liberty Girls - Chapter 15. Suspenders For Sale
CHAPTER XV. SUSPENDERS FOR SALEThe two girls parted at the Liberty Shop. Mary Louise went in "to attend to business," while Josie O'Gorman strolled up the street and paused thoughtfully before the windows of Kasker's Clothing Emporium. At first she didn't notice that it was Kasker's; she looked in the windows at the array of men's wear just so she could think quietly, without attracting attention, for she was undecided as to her next move. But presently, realizing this was Kasker's place, she gave a little laugh and said to herself: "This is the fellow poor little Mary Louise suspected of... Long Stories - Post by : mrtwist - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. Frank Baum - Read : 2275

Mary Louise And The Liberty Girls - Chapter 14. The Professor Is Annoyed Mary Louise And The Liberty Girls - Chapter 14. The Professor Is Annoyed

Mary Louise And The Liberty Girls - Chapter 14. The Professor Is Annoyed
CHAPTER XIV. THE PROFESSOR IS ANNOYEDJosie O'Gorman, after resigning from the Liberty Girls, became--so she calmly stated--a "loafer." She wandered around the streets of Dorfield in a seemingly aimless manner, shopped at the stores without buying, visited the houses of all sorts of people, on all sorts of gossipy errands, interviewed lawyers, bankers and others in an inconsequential way that amused some and annoyed others, and conducted herself so singularly that even Mary Louise was puzzled by her actions.But Josie said to Mary Louise: "My, what a lot I'm learning! There's nothing more interesting--or more startling--or, sometimes, more repulsive--than human nature.""Have... Long Stories - Post by : mrtwist - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. Frank Baum - Read : 1319

Mary Louise And The Liberty Girls - Chapter 13. Joe Langley, Soldier Mary Louise And The Liberty Girls - Chapter 13. Joe Langley, Soldier

Mary Louise And The Liberty Girls - Chapter 13. Joe Langley, Soldier
CHAPTER XIII. JOE LANGLEY, SOLDIERStrange as it may seem, Mary Louise and her Liberty Girls were regarded with envy by many of the earnest women of Dorfield, who were themselves working along different lines to promote the interests of the government in the Great War. Every good woman was anxious to do her duty in this national emergency, but every good woman loves to have her efforts appreciated, and since the advent of the bevy of pretty young girls in the ranks of female patriotism, they easily became the favorites in public comment and appreciation. Young men and old cheerfully backed... Long Stories - Post by : gabby - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. Frank Baum - Read : 1146

Mary Louise And The Liberty Girls - Chapter 12. Josie Buys A Desk Mary Louise And The Liberty Girls - Chapter 12. Josie Buys A Desk

Mary Louise And The Liberty Girls - Chapter 12. Josie Buys A Desk
CHAPTER XII. JOSIE BUYS A DESKThe "Liberty Girls' Shop" was proving a veritable mint. Expenses were practically nothing, so all the money received could be considered clear profit. It was amusing to observe the people who frequented the shop, critically examining the jumble of wares displayed, wondering who had donated this or that and meantime searching for something that could be secured at a "bargain." Most of the shrewd women had an idea that these young girls would be quite ignorant of values and might mark the articles at prices far below their worth, but the "values" of such goods could... Long Stories - Post by : Truman - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. Frank Baum - Read : 2008

Mary Louise And The Liberty Girls - Chapter 11. A Font Of Type Mary Louise And The Liberty Girls - Chapter 11. A Font Of Type

Mary Louise And The Liberty Girls - Chapter 11. A Font Of Type
CHAPTER XI. A FONT OF TYPEMary Louise went into Josie O'Gorman's room and found the young girl bent over a table on which were spread the disloyal circulars."You've been studying those things for nearly two weeks, Josie," she said. "Have you made any discoveries?""I know a lot more about the circulars than I did," answered Josie. "For instance, there are nineteen printing offices in Dorfield, and only two of them have this kind of type.""Oh, that's something, indeed!" cried Mary Louise. "One of the two offices must have printed the circulars.""No; the curious fact is that neither printed them," returned Josie,... Long Stories - Post by : vbhnl - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. Frank Baum - Read : 3245

Mary Louise And The Liberty Girls - Chapter 10. The Explosion Mary Louise And The Liberty Girls - Chapter 10. The Explosion

Mary Louise And The Liberty Girls - Chapter 10. The Explosion
CHAPTER X. THE EXPLOSIONDay was just beginning to break when a terrible detonation shook all Dorfield. Houses rocked, windows rattled, a sudden wind swept over the town and then a glare that was not a presage of the coming sun lit the sky.A brief silence succeeded the shock, but immediately thereafter whistles shrieked, fire-bells clanged, a murmur of agitated voices crying aloud was heard on every side, and the people began pouring from the houses into the streets demanding the cause of the alarm.Colonel Hathaway, still weak and nervous, stood trembling in his bathrobe when Mary Louise came to him."It's the... Long Stories - Post by : simkl - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. Frank Baum - Read : 1993

Mary Louise And The Liberty Girls - Chapter 9. Gathering Up The Threads Mary Louise And The Liberty Girls - Chapter 9. Gathering Up The Threads

Mary Louise And The Liberty Girls - Chapter 9. Gathering Up The Threads
CHAPTER IX. GATHERING UP THE THREADSJosie O'Gorman had been in Dorfield several days before Mary Louise showed her the traitorous circulars that had been issued by some unknown obstructionist. At first she had been a little ashamed to acknowledge to her friend that a citizen of her own town could be so disloyal, but the matter had weighed heavily on her mind and so she decided to unload it upon Josie's shrewder intelligence."I feel, dear, that the best service you can render us while here--the best you can render the nation, too--will be to try to discover this secret enemy," she... Long Stories - Post by : gabby - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. Frank Baum - Read : 1414

Mary Louise And The Liberty Girls - Chapter 8. The Detective's Daughter Mary Louise And The Liberty Girls - Chapter 8. The Detective's Daughter

Mary Louise And The Liberty Girls - Chapter 8. The Detective's Daughter
CHAPTER VIII. THE DETECTIVE'S DAUGHTER"I'm pretty sure, Gran'pa Jim," said Mary Louise that evening, "that I've trailed the traitor to his lair, and he's none other than--Jake Kasker!"This was the first time she had mentioned her suspicion of Kasker to him, and her statement was received by the colonel with moderate surprise, followed by a doubtful smile."I know Jake," he remarked, "and while he is uneducated and his mind is unformed concerning most things outside the clothing business, I should hesitate to accuse him of downright disloyalty.""He's a German, and sympathizes with the Kaiser," asserted Mary Louise."Did he say that?""Well, not... Long Stories - Post by : Truman - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. Frank Baum - Read : 3563

Mary Louise And The Liberty Girls - Chapter 7. The Liberty Shop Mary Louise And The Liberty Girls - Chapter 7. The Liberty Shop

Mary Louise And The Liberty Girls - Chapter 7. The Liberty Shop
CHAPTER VII. THE LIBERTY SHOPMary Louise said to her grandfather that night, after explaining Irene's novel scheme to raise money: "We haven't been housekeeping many years in Dorfield and I'm not sure I can find among our household possessions anything to give the Liberty Shop. But I've some jewelry and knickknacks that I never wear and, if you don't mind, Gran'pa Jim, I'll donate that to our shop."The Colonel was really enthusiastic over the plan and not only approved his granddaughter's proposition to give her surplus jewelry but went over the house with her and selected quite an imposing lot of... Long Stories - Post by : andrewteg - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. Frank Baum - Read : 2615

Mary Louise And The Liberty Girls - Chapter 6. To Help Win The War Mary Louise And The Liberty Girls - Chapter 6. To Help Win The War

Mary Louise And The Liberty Girls - Chapter 6. To Help Win The War
CHAPTER VI. TO HELP WIN THE WARThe activities of the Liberty Girls of Dorfield did not cease with their successful Liberty Bond "drive." Indeed, this success and the approbation of their fellow townspeople spurred the young girls on to further patriotic endeavor, in which they felt sure of enthusiastic encouragement."As long as Uncle Sam needs his soldiers," said Peter Conant, the lawyer, "he'll need his Liberty Girls, for they can help win the war."When Mary Louise first conceived the idea of banding her closest companions to support the government in all possible ways, she was a bit doubtful if their efforts... Long Stories - Post by : runtonk - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. Frank Baum - Read : 645

Mary Louise And The Liberty Girls - Chapter 5. Unconvincing Testimony Mary Louise And The Liberty Girls - Chapter 5. Unconvincing Testimony

Mary Louise And The Liberty Girls - Chapter 5. Unconvincing Testimony
CHAPTER V. UNCONVINCING TESTIMONYOn Sunday "Gran'pa Jim," relieved of all worry, felt "quite himself again," as he expressed it, and the old gentleman strutted somewhat proudly as he marched to church with his lovely granddaughter beside him, although her uniform was to-day discarded for a neat tailor-suit. Mary Louise had always been a favorite in Dorfield, but the past week had made her a heroine in the eyes of all patriotic citizens. Many were the looks of admiration and approval cast at the young girl this morning as she passed along the streets beside the old colonel.In the afternoon, as they... Long Stories - Post by : andrewteg - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. Frank Baum - Read : 2258

Mary Louise And The Liberty Girls - Chapter 4. The Traitor Mary Louise And The Liberty Girls - Chapter 4. The Traitor

Mary Louise And The Liberty Girls - Chapter 4. The Traitor
CHAPTER IV. THE TRAITORWhen the Liberty Girls met that evening at the home of Alora Jones, it was found that Mary Louise had sold more bonds than any of the others, although Laura Hilton had secured one subscription of fifty thousand dollars from the Dorfield National Steel Works, the manager of which industry, Mr. Colton, was a relative of the girl. Altogether, the day's work had netted them two hundred and fourteen thousand dollars, and as soon as she could escape Mary Louise rushed home to report their success to her grandfather."In one day, Gran'pa Jim!" she cried exultantly, and the... Long Stories - Post by : gabby - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. Frank Baum - Read : 2408

Mary Louise And The Liberty Girls - Chapter 3. The Liberty Girls Mary Louise And The Liberty Girls - Chapter 3. The Liberty Girls

Mary Louise And The Liberty Girls - Chapter 3. The Liberty Girls
CHAPTER III. THE LIBERTY GIRLSAn hour later six girls met at the home of Alora Jones, who lived with her father in a fine mansion across the street from Colonel Hathaway's residence. These girls were prepared to work, and work diligently, under the leadership of Mary Louise, for they had been planning and discussing this event for several days, patiently awaiting the word to start their campaign."Some girls," said Mary Louise, "are knitting, and that's a good thing to do, in a way. Others are making pajamas and pillows for the Red Cross, and that's also an admirable thing to do.... Long Stories - Post by : best4you - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. Frank Baum - Read : 1021

Mary Louise And The Liberty Girls - Chapter 2 Mary Louise Takes Command Mary Louise And The Liberty Girls - Chapter 2 Mary Louise Takes Command

Mary Louise And The Liberty Girls - Chapter 2 Mary Louise Takes Command
CHAPTER II MARY LOUISE TAKES COMMANDWhen Mary Louise entered the library the next morning she found her grandfather seated at the table, his head resting on his extended arms in an attitude of great depression. The young girl was startled."What is it, Gran'pa Jim?" she asked, going to his side and laying a hand lovingly on his shoulder.The old gentleman looked up with a face drawn and gray."I'm nervous and restless, my dear," he said; "that's all. Go to breakfast, Mary Louise; I--I'll join you presently."She sat down on the arm of his chair."Haven't you slept well, Gran'pa?" she asked anxiously,... Long Stories - Post by : andrewteg - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. Frank Baum - Read : 2910