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Aunt Jane's Nieces In The Red Cross - Chapter 2. The Arrival Of The Girl Aunt Jane's Nieces In The Red Cross - Chapter 2. The Arrival Of The Girl

Aunt Jane's Nieces In The Red Cross - Chapter 2. The Arrival Of The Girl
CHAPTER II. THE ARRIVAL OF THE GIRLA sweet-faced girl, very attractive but with a sad and anxious expression, descended from the Pullman and brightened as she found her friends standing with outstretched arms to greet her."Oh, Maud!" cried Patsy, usurping the first hug, "how glad I am to see you again!"Beth looked in Maud Stanton's face and forbore to speak as she embraced her friend. Then Jones shook both hands of the new arrival and Uncle John kissed her with the same tenderness he showed his own nieces.This reception seemed to cheer Maud Stanton immensely. She even smiled during the drive... Long Stories - Post by : gabby - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. Frank Baum - Read : 3299

Aunt Jane's Nieces In The Red Cross - Chapter 1. The Arrival Of The Boy Aunt Jane's Nieces In The Red Cross - Chapter 1. The Arrival Of The Boy

Aunt Jane's Nieces In The Red Cross - Chapter 1. The Arrival Of The Boy
CHAPTER I. THE ARRIVAL OF THE BOY"What's the news, Uncle?" asked Miss Patricia Doyle, as she entered the cosy breakfast room of a suite of apartments in Willing Square. Even as she spoke she pecked a little kiss on the forehead of the chubby man addressed as "Uncle"--none other, if you please, than the famous and eccentric multi-millionaire known in Wall Street as John Merrick--and sat down to pour the coffee.There was energy in her method of doing this simple duty, an indication of suppressed vitality that conveyed the idea that here was a girl accustomed to action. And she fitted... Long Stories - Post by : ow24160 - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. Frank Baum - Read : 3314

Aunt Jane's Nieces In The Red Cross - Foreword Aunt Jane's Nieces In The Red Cross - Foreword

Aunt Jane's Nieces In The Red Cross - Foreword
This is the story of how three brave American girls sacrificed the comforts and luxuries of home to go abroad and nurse the wounded soldiers of a foreign war.I wish I might have depicted more gently the scenes in hospital and on battlefield, but it is well that my girl readers should realize something of the horrors of war, that they may unite with heart and soul in earnest appeal for universal, lasting Peace and the future abolition of all deadly strife.Except to locate the scenes of my heroines' labors, no attempt has been made to describe technically or historically any... Long Stories - Post by : add2it - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. Frank Baum - Read : 2532

Aunt Jane's Nieces In Society - Chapter 24. A Matter Of Course Aunt Jane's Nieces In Society - Chapter 24. A Matter Of Course

Aunt Jane's Nieces In Society - Chapter 24. A Matter Of Course
CHAPTER XXIV. A MATTER OF COURSEAll explanations were barred until the girl had been tenderly taken to her own home and under the loving care of her mother and cousins had recovered to an extent from the terrible experiences she had undergone. Then by degrees she told them her story, and how, hearing the voice of her persecutor Mershone in the hall below she had become frantic with fear and resolved to trust herself to the mercies of the storm rather than submit to an interview with him. Before this she had decided that she could climb down the trellis, and... Long Stories - Post by : simkl - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. Frank Baum - Read : 2707

Aunt Jane's Nieces In Society - Chapter 23. The Crisis Aunt Jane's Nieces In Society - Chapter 23. The Crisis

Aunt Jane's Nieces In Society - Chapter 23. The Crisis
CHAPTER XXIII. THE CRISISMershone and Fogerty plodded through the snow together, side by side. They were facing the wind, which cut their faces cruelly, yet neither seemed to mind the bitterness of the weather. "Keep watch along the roadside," suggested Mershone; "she may have fallen anywhere, you know. She couldn't endure this thing long. Poor Louise!""You were fond of her, Mr. Mershone?" asked Fogerty, not unsympathetically."Yes. That was why I made such a struggle to get her.""It was a mistake, sir. Provided a woman is won by force or trickery she's never worth getting. If she doesn't care for you it's... Long Stories - Post by : JuvioSuccess - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. Frank Baum - Read : 1798

Aunt Jane's Nieces In Society - Chapter 22. Gone Aunt Jane's Nieces In Society - Chapter 22. Gone

Aunt Jane's Nieces In Society - Chapter 22. Gone
CHAPTER XXII. GONEThe grim face of Madame Cerise relaxed to allow a quaint smile to flit across it. She returned Fogerty's bow with a deep curtsy.Mershone, after one brief exclamation of dismay, wrested from him by surprise, threw himself into the chair again and stared at the fire. For a few moments there was intense stillness in the little room."How easy it is," said Fogerty, in soft, musing tones, "to read one's thoughts--under certain circumstances. You are thinking, Mr. Mershone, that I'm a boy, and not very strong, while you are an athlete and can easily overpower me. I have come... Long Stories - Post by : Truman - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. Frank Baum - Read : 2640

Aunt Jane's Nieces In Society - Chapter 21. The Unexpected Happens Aunt Jane's Nieces In Society - Chapter 21. The Unexpected Happens

Aunt Jane's Nieces In Society - Chapter 21. The Unexpected Happens
CHAPTER XXI. THE UNEXPECTED HAPPENSMadame Cerise, well knowing she had accelerated the march of events to a two-step, calmly sat herself down in the little housekeeper's room off the lower hall and, leaving Louise to her moody solitude upstairs, awaited the inevitable developments.Outside the weather was cold and blustering. The wind whirled its burden of snowflakes in every direction with blinding, bewildering impartiality. It was a bad day to be out, thought the old Frenchwoman; but a snowstorm was not likely to deter an anxious lover. She calculated the time it would take Monsieur Weldon to arrive at the mansion: if... Long Stories - Post by : JuvioSuccess - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. Frank Baum - Read : 2309

Aunt Jane's Nieces In Society - Chapter 20. A Telephone Call Aunt Jane's Nieces In Society - Chapter 20. A Telephone Call

Aunt Jane's Nieces In Society - Chapter 20. A Telephone Call
CHAPTER XX. A TELEPHONE CALLStill another laggard awoke to action on this eventful Tuesday morning.Madame Cerise had been growing more and more morose and dissatisfied day by day. Her grievance was very tangible. A young girl had been brought forcibly to the house and placed in her care to be treated as a prisoner. From that time the perpetrators of the deed had left the woman to her own resources, never communicating with her in any way.During a long life of servitude Madame Cerise had acquiesced in many things that her own conscience did not approve of, for she considered herself... Long Stories - Post by : ow24160 - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. Frank Baum - Read : 1316

Aunt Jane's Nieces In Society - Chapter 19. Politic Repentance Aunt Jane's Nieces In Society - Chapter 19. Politic Repentance

Aunt Jane's Nieces In Society - Chapter 19. Politic Repentance
CHAPTER XIX. POLITIC REPENTANCEPerhaps no one--not even Mrs. Merrick--was so unhappy in consequence of the lamentable crime that had been committed as Diana Von Taer. Immediately after her interview with Beth her mood changed, and she would have given worlds to be free from complicity in the abduction. Bitterly, indeed, she reproached herself for her enmity toward the unsuspecting girl, an innocent victim of Diana's own vain desires and Charles Mershone's heartless wiles. Repenting her folly and reasoning out the thing when it was too late, Diana saw clearly that she had gained no possible advantage, but had thoughtlessly conspired to... Long Stories - Post by : Dusty13 - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. Frank Baum - Read : 2545

Aunt Jane's Nieces In Society - Chapter 18. A Rift In The Clouds Aunt Jane's Nieces In Society - Chapter 18. A Rift In The Clouds

Aunt Jane's Nieces In Society - Chapter 18. A Rift In The Clouds
CHAPTER XVIII. A RIFT IN THE CLOUDSThe Tuesday morning just referred to dawned cold and wintry. A chill wind blew and for a time carried isolated snowflakes whirling here and there. Gradually, as the morning advanced, the flakes became more numerous, until by nine o'clock an old fashioned snowstorm had set in that threatened to last for some time. The frozen ground was soon covered with a thin white mantle and the landscape in city and country seemed especially forbidding.In spite of these adverse conditions Charlie Mershone decided to go out for a walk. He felt much like a prisoner, and... Long Stories - Post by : best4you - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. Frank Baum - Read : 2224

Aunt Jane's Nieces In Society - Chapter 17. The Mystery Deepens Aunt Jane's Nieces In Society - Chapter 17. The Mystery Deepens

Aunt Jane's Nieces In Society - Chapter 17. The Mystery Deepens
CHAPTER XVII. THE MYSTERY DEEPENSUncle John was both astounded and indignant that so bold and unlawful an act as the abduction of his own niece could have been perpetrated in the heart of New York and directly under the eyes of the police. Urged by the Major, Mr. Merrick was at first inclined to allow Arthur Weldon to prosecute the affair and undertake the recovery of the girl, being assured this would easily be accomplished and conceding the fact that no one had a stronger interest in solving the mystery of Louise's disappearance than young Weldon. But when midday arrived and... Long Stories - Post by : Dusty13 - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. Frank Baum - Read : 1581

Aunt Jane's Nieces In Society - Chapter 16. Madame Cerise, Custodian Aunt Jane's Nieces In Society - Chapter 16. Madame Cerise, Custodian

Aunt Jane's Nieces In Society - Chapter 16. Madame Cerise, Custodian
CHAPTER XVI. MADAME CERISE, CUSTODIANThe woman closed the hall door and locked it. Then she led the way to a long, dim drawing-room in which a grate fire was smouldering. A stand lamp of antique pattern but dimly illuminated the place, which seemed well furnished in an old fashioned way."Will not you remove your wraps, Mees--Mees--I do not know ma'm'selle's name.""What is your own name?" asked Louise, coming closer to gaze earnestly into the other's face."I am called Madame Cerise, if it please you."Her voice, while softened to an extent by the French accent, was nevertheless harsh and emotionless. She spoke... Long Stories - Post by : Joe_Coon - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. Frank Baum - Read : 1457

Aunt Jane's Nieces In Society - Chapter 15. A Bewildering Experience Aunt Jane's Nieces In Society - Chapter 15. A Bewildering Experience

Aunt Jane's Nieces In Society - Chapter 15. A Bewildering Experience
CHAPTER XV. A BEWILDERING EXPERIENCEWhen Louise Merrick entered the brown limousine, which she naturally supposed to belong to Arthur Weldon, she had not the faintest suspicion of any evil in her mind. Indeed, the girl was very happy this especial evening, although tired with her duties at the Kermess. A climax in her young life had arrived, and she greeted it joyously, believing she loved Arthur well enough to become his wife.Now that the engagement had been announced to their immediate circle of friends she felt as proud and elated as any young girl has a right to be under the... Long Stories - Post by : rlscott - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. Frank Baum - Read : 841

Aunt Jane's Nieces In Society - Chapter 14. A Cool Encounter Aunt Jane's Nieces In Society - Chapter 14. A Cool Encounter

Aunt Jane's Nieces In Society - Chapter 14. A Cool Encounter
CHAPTER XIV. A COOL ENCOUNTEROn leaving the house Mershone buttoned his overcoat tightly up to his chin, for the weather was cold and raw, and then shot a quick glance around him. Diana's suspect was still lounging on the corner. Charlie had little doubt he was watching the house and the movements of its in-mates--a bad sign, he reflected, with a frown. Otherwise the street seemed deserted.He had dismissed the cab on his arrival, so now he stepped out and walked briskly around the corner, swinging his cane jauntily and looking very unlike a fugitive. In the next block he passed... Long Stories - Post by : ow24160 - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. Frank Baum - Read : 2698

Aunt Jane's Nieces In Society - Chapter 13. Diana Revolts Aunt Jane's Nieces In Society - Chapter 13. Diana Revolts

Aunt Jane's Nieces In Society - Chapter 13. Diana Revolts
CHAPTER XIII. DIANA REVOLTSCharlie Mershone had no difficulty in securing his release when Parker came on duty at six o'clock. He called up a cab and went at once to his rooms at the Bruxtelle; and Fogerty followed him.While he discarded his dress-coat, took a bath and donned his walking suit Mershone was in a brown study. Hours ago Louise had been safely landed at the East Orange house and placed in the care of old Madame Cerise, who would guard her like an ogre. There was no immediate need of his hastening after her, and his arrest and the discovery... Long Stories - Post by : JuvioSuccess - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. Frank Baum - Read : 1525

Aunt Jane's Nieces In Society - Chapter 12. Fogerty Aunt Jane's Nieces In Society - Chapter 12. Fogerty

Aunt Jane's Nieces In Society - Chapter 12. Fogerty
CHAPTER XII. FOGERTYAt the Waldorf Arthur's own limousine was standing by the curb. The street was nearly deserted. The last of the Kermess people had gone home.Weldon ran to his chauffeur."Did you take Miss Merrick home?" he eagerly enquired."Miss Merrick? Why, I haven't seen her, sir, I thought you'd all forgotten me."The young man's heart sank. Despair seized him. The detective was carefully examining the car."They're pretty nearly mates, Mr. Weldon. as far as the brown color and general appearances go," he said. "But I'm almost positive the car that carried the young lady away was of another make.""What make was... Long Stories - Post by : Ndoki - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. Frank Baum - Read : 2329

Aunt Jane's Nieces In Society - Chapter 11. The Brown Limousine Aunt Jane's Nieces In Society - Chapter 11. The Brown Limousine

Aunt Jane's Nieces In Society - Chapter 11. The Brown Limousine
CHAPTER XI. THE BROWN LIMOUSINEThe second evening of the society Kermess passed without unusual event and proved very successful in attracting throngs of fashionable people to participate in its pleasures.Louise and her cousins were at their stations early, and the second installment of Uncle John's flowers was even more splendid and profuse than the first. It was not at all difficult to make sales, and the little money drawer began to bulge with its generous receipts.Many a gracious smile or nod or word was bestowed upon Miss Merrick by the society folk; for these people had had time to consider the... Long Stories - Post by : add2it - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. Frank Baum - Read : 2352

Aunt Jane's Nieces In Society - Chapter 10. Misled Aunt Jane's Nieces In Society - Chapter 10. Misled

Aunt Jane's Nieces In Society - Chapter 10. Misled
CHAPTER X. MISLEDArthur Weldon met Mershone at a club next afternoon. "You low scoundrel!" he exclaimed. "It was _your trick to accuse Miss Merrick of a theft last night.""Was she accused?" enquired the other, blandly. "I hadn't heard, really.""You did it yourself!""Dear me!" said Mershone, deliberately lighting a cigarette."You or your precious cousin--you're both alike," declared Arthur, bitterly. "But you have given us wisdom, Mershone. We'll see you don't trick us again."The young man stared at him, between puffs of smoke."It occurs to me, Weldon, that you're becoming insolent. It won't do, my boy. Unless you guard your tongue--""Bah! Resent it,... Long Stories - Post by : ben.g - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. Frank Baum - Read : 3034

Aunt Jane's Nieces In Society - Chapter 9. The Von Taer Pearls Aunt Jane's Nieces In Society - Chapter 9. The Von Taer Pearls

Aunt Jane's Nieces In Society - Chapter 9. The Von Taer Pearls
CHAPTER IX. THE VON TAER PEARLSUncle John really had more fun out of the famous Kermess than anyone else. The preparations gave him something to do, and he enjoyed doing--openly, as well as in secret ways. Having declared that he would stock the flower booth at his own expense, he confided to no one his plans. The girls may have thought he would merely leave orders with a florist; but that was not the Merrick way of doing things. Instead, he visited the most famous greenhouses within a radius of many miles, contracting for all the floral blooms that art and... Long Stories - Post by : JuvioSuccess - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. Frank Baum - Read : 2082

Aunt Jane's Nieces In Society - Chapter 8. Opening The Campaign Aunt Jane's Nieces In Society - Chapter 8. Opening The Campaign

Aunt Jane's Nieces In Society - Chapter 8. Opening The Campaign
CHAPTER VIII. OPENING THE CAMPAIGNLouise's little romance, which now began to thrive vigorously, was regarded with calmness by her cousins and her mother, who knew of the former episode between her and Arthur and attached little importance to the renewed flirtation in which they indulged. That they were deceived in their estimate was due to the girl's reputation for frivolity where young men were concerned. She had been dubbed a "flirt" ever since she first began to wear long dresses, and her nature was not considered deep enough for her heart to be ever seriously affected. Therefore the young girl was... Long Stories - Post by : runtonk - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. Frank Baum - Read : 3626