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Mary Louise In The Country - Chapter 15. 'Old Swallowtail' Mary Louise In The Country - Chapter 15. "Old Swallowtail"

Mary Louise In The Country - Chapter 15. 'Old Swallowtail'
CHAPTER XV. "OLD SWALLOWTAIL"Josie was so astonished that she still bent over the lock, motionless, saw in hand. In the instant she made a mental review of her proceedings and satisfied herself that she had been guilty of no professional blunder. The inopportune appearance of Mr. Cragg must be attributed to a blind chance--to fate. So the first wave of humiliation that swept over her receded as she gathered her wits to combat this unexpected situation.Mr. Cragg stood by the table looking at her. He was very calm. The discovery of the girl had not aroused that violence of temper for... Long Stories - Post by : ow24160 - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. Frank Baum - Read : 3090

Mary Louise In The Country - Chapter 14. Midnight Vigils Mary Louise In The Country - Chapter 14. Midnight Vigils

Mary Louise In The Country - Chapter 14. Midnight Vigils
CHAPTER XIV. MIDNIGHT VIGILS"Well, how is our girl detective progressing in her discovery of crime and criminals?" asked Colonel Hathaway that evening, as they sat in the living-room after dinner."Don't call me a girl detective, please," pleaded Josie O'Gorman. "I'm only an apprentice at the trade, Colonel, and I have never realized more than I do at this moment the fact that I've considerable to learn before I may claim membership with the profession.""Then you're finding your present trail a difficult one to follow?""I believe my stupidity is making it difficult," admitted Josie, with a sigh. "Father would scold me soundly... Long Stories - Post by : mrtwist - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. Frank Baum - Read : 1710

Mary Louise In The Country - Chapter 13. Bluff And Rebuff Mary Louise In The Country - Chapter 13. Bluff And Rebuff

Mary Louise In The Country - Chapter 13. Bluff And Rebuff
CHAPTER XIII. BLUFF AND REBUFFThe door was locked. Immediately Josie pounded upon it with her knuckles and a voice demanded:"Who is there?"Instead of replying, Josie knocked again, and suddenly the door was opened and Old Swallowtail stood before her."I--I beg your pardon," said she diffidently; "are you the real estate man?""Yes," he replied, standing quietly in the doorway."Then you're the man I want to see," she asserted and took a step forward. But he did not move an inch from his position and his eyes were fixed steadfastly on her face."I have nothing to sell, at present," he remarked."But I want... Long Stories - Post by : sbeard - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. Frank Baum - Read : 963

Mary Louise In The Country - Chapter 12. Theories Are Dangerous Mary Louise In The Country - Chapter 12. Theories Are Dangerous

Mary Louise In The Country - Chapter 12. Theories Are Dangerous
CHAPTER XII. THEORIES ARE DANGEROUS"What were you and Ingua talking about for so long?" asked Mary Louise, when she and Josie were alone."She was telling me her story," was the reply."All of it?""Every bit of it, I think.""Oh, what was it all about?" questioned Mary Louise eagerly."I've promised not to tell.""Not even me, Josie?""Not even you. Ingua insisted; and, really, dear, it's better you should know nothing just at present.""Am I to be left out of all this thrilling mystery?" demanded Mary Louise with an aggrieved air."There won't be a thrill in it, until the end, and perhaps not then. But... Long Stories - Post by : rlscott - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. Frank Baum - Read : 2592

Mary Louise In The Country - Chapter 11. The Fate Of Ned Joselyn Mary Louise In The Country - Chapter 11. The Fate Of Ned Joselyn

Mary Louise In The Country - Chapter 11. The Fate Of Ned Joselyn
CHAPTER XI. THE FATE OF NED JOSELYNThe child stared dreamily at the rushing water for several minutes. Then she looked earnestly into Josie's face. Finally, with a sigh, she said:"I may as well go on an' finish it, I s'pose.""To be sure," said Josie. "You haven't told me anything very important yet.""The important part's comin'," asserted Ingua, her tone gradually assuming its former animation. "'Twas last winter on the Thursday between Christmas an' New Year's. It was cold an' snowin' hard, an' it gits dark early them days. Gran'dad an' me was eat'n' supper by lamplight when there come a knock... Long Stories - Post by : Truman - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. Frank Baum - Read : 1034

Mary Louise In The Country - Chapter 10. Ingua Is Confidential Mary Louise In The Country - Chapter 10. Ingua Is Confidential

Mary Louise In The Country - Chapter 10. Ingua Is Confidential
CHAPTER X. INGUA IS CONFIDENTIALIngua slowly resumed her seat on the bank beside her friend. It was hard to resist Josie's appeals."The whole thing looks pretty black ag'in Gran'dad," she said. "I s'pose ye can't understand what I mean till I tell ye the whole story, from the beginning 'cause ye didn't live here at the time. If ye lived here," she added, "I wouldn't tell ye anything, but by-'n'-by yer goin' away. An' ye've promised to keep yer mouth shut.""Unless you give me permission to speak.""I ain't likely to do that. I'm tellin' ye this, Josie, so's we kin talk... Long Stories - Post by : gabby - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. Frank Baum - Read : 675

Mary Louise In The Country - Chapter 9. Josie Investigates Mary Louise In The Country - Chapter 9. Josie Investigates

Mary Louise In The Country - Chapter 9. Josie Investigates
CHAPTER IX. JOSIE INVESTIGATES"Well, what luck?" asked Mary Louise, as she came into Josie's room while her friend was dressing for dinner."Not much," was the reply. "I'm not at all sure, Mary Louise, that this chase will amount to anything. But it will afford me practice in judging human nature, if nothing else comes of it, so I'm not at all sorry you put me on the trail. When are we to see Ingua again?""To-morrow afternoon. She's coming to tea in the pavilion.""That's good. Let me see all of her you can. She's an original, that child, and I'm going to... Long Stories - Post by : Joe_Coon - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. Frank Baum - Read : 1685

Mary Louise In The Country - Chapter 8. The Red-Headed Girl Mary Louise In The Country - Chapter 8. The Red-Headed Girl

Mary Louise In The Country - Chapter 8. The Red-Headed Girl
CHAPTER VIII. THE RED-HEADED GIRLSol Jerrems the storekeeper, coming in from the back room where he had been drawing molasses for Farmer Higgins, found perched on top the sugar-barrel a chunky, red-haired, freckle-faced young girl whom he had never seen before. She seemed perfectly at home in his store and sat with her knees drawn up to her chin and her arms encircling her legs, eyeing soberly the two or three farmers who had come to the Crossing to "trade.""If the head o' thet bar'l busts in, you'll be a fine mess," remarked Sol.The girl nodded but did not move from... Long Stories - Post by : rlscott - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. Frank Baum - Read : 3561

Mary Louise In The Country - Chapter 7. Mary Louise Calls For Help Mary Louise In The Country - Chapter 7. Mary Louise Calls For Help

Mary Louise In The Country - Chapter 7. Mary Louise Calls For Help
CHAPTER VII. MARY LOUISE CALLS FOR HELPAll the queer hints dropped by the girl that afternoon, concerning the relations between Mr. Joselyn and Mr. Cragg, were confided by Mary Louise to her Gran'pa Jim that evening, while the old Colonel listened with grave interest."I'm sure there is some mystery here," declared Mary Louise, "and maybe we are going to discover some dreadful crime.""And, on the contrary," returned Colonel Hathaway, "the two men may have been interested together in some business venture that resulted disastrously and led Mr. Joselyn to run away to escape his wife's reproaches. I consider that a more... Long Stories - Post by : ben.g - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. Frank Baum - Read : 2585

Mary Louise In The Country - Chapter 6. Afternoon Tea Mary Louise In The Country - Chapter 6. Afternoon Tea

Mary Louise In The Country - Chapter 6. Afternoon Tea
CHAPTER VI. AFTERNOON TEAMary Louise, who possessed a strong sense of humor, that evening at dinner told Gran'pa Jim of her encounter with old Mr. Cragg's granddaughter and related their interview in so whimsical a manner that Colonel Hathaway laughed aloud more than once. But he also looked serious, at times, and when the recital was ended he gravely considered the situation and said:"I believe, my dear, you have discovered a mine of human interest here that will keep you occupied all summer. It was most fortunate for the poor child that you interpreted her intent to run away from home... Long Stories - Post by : mrtwist - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. Frank Baum - Read : 2303

Mary Louise In The Country - Chapter 5. Mary Louise Becomes A Peacemaker Mary Louise In The Country - Chapter 5. Mary Louise Becomes A Peacemaker

Mary Louise In The Country - Chapter 5. Mary Louise Becomes A Peacemaker
CHAPTER V. MARY LOUISE BECOMES A PEACEMAKER"Here are the dishes, exactly like the broken ones," reported Mary Louise in a jubilant tone as she set down her heavy basket. "Let us go in and wash them, Ingua, and put them away where they belong."The child followed her into the house. All her former pent-up energy seemed to have evaporated. She moved in a dull sort of way that betokened grim resignation."I've be'n plannin' fer months to make a run fer it," she remarked as she washed the new dishes and Mary Louise wiped them dry, "an' just when I'd mustered up... Long Stories - Post by : JuvioSuccess - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. Frank Baum - Read : 1780

Mary Louise In The Country - Chapter 4. Getting Acquainted Mary Louise In The Country - Chapter 4. Getting Acquainted

Mary Louise In The Country - Chapter 4. Getting Acquainted
CHAPTER IV. GETTING ACQUAINTEDThe two girls had been sitting on the edge of the bridge, but Mary Louise now rose and took Ingua's arm in her own, leading the reluctant child gently toward the path. It wasn't far to the old cottage and when they reached the yard Ingua laughed again at the scene of disorder."It's a'most a pity Gran'dad can't see it," she chuckled. "He'd be so crazy he'd hev them claws o' his'n 'round my throat in a jiffy."Mary Louise drew back, startled."Did he ever do that?" she asked."Only once; but that time near ended me. It were a... Long Stories - Post by : Truman - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. Frank Baum - Read : 2382

Mary Louise In The Country - Chapter 3. The Folks Across The River Mary Louise In The Country - Chapter 3. The Folks Across The River

Mary Louise In The Country - Chapter 3. The Folks Across The River
CHAPTER III. THE FOLKS ACROSS THE RIVERHer first glance told the girl that here was a distinctly unusual personage. His very appearance was quaint enough to excite comment from a stranger. It must have been away back in the revolutionary days when men daily wore coats cut in this fashion, straight across the waist-line in front and with two long tails flapping behind. Modern "dress coats" were much like it, to be sure, but this was of a faded blue-bottle color and had brass buttons and a frayed velvet collar on it. His trousers were tight-fitting below the knee and he... Long Stories - Post by : Truman - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. Frank Baum - Read : 1436

Mary Louise In The Country - Chapter 2. The Kenton Place Mary Louise In The Country - Chapter 2. The Kenton Place

Mary Louise In The Country - Chapter 2. The Kenton Place
CHAPTER II. THE KENTON PLACEThe tiny town, however, was not all that belonged to the Cragg's Crossing settlement. Barely a quarter of a mile away from the village a stream with beautifully wooded banks ran diagonally through the countryside. It was called a "river" by the natives, but it was more of a creek; halfway between a small rivulet and a brook, perhaps. But its banks afforded desirable places for summer residences, several of which had been built by well-to-do families, either retired farmers or city people who wished for a cool and quiet place in which to pass the summer... Long Stories - Post by : gabby - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. Frank Baum - Read : 3383

Mary Louise In The Country - Chapter 1. The Arrival Mary Louise In The Country - Chapter 1. The Arrival

Mary Louise In The Country - Chapter 1. The Arrival
CHAPTER I. THE ARRIVAL"Is this the station, Gran'pa Jim?" inquired a young girl, as the train began to slow up."I think so, Mary Louise," replied the handsome old gentleman addressed."It does look very promising, does it?" she continued, glancing eagerly out of the window."The station? No, my dear; but the station isn't Cragg's Crossing, you know; it is merely the nearest railway point to our new home."The conductor opened their drawing-room door."The next stop is Chargrove, Colonel," he said."Thank you."The porter came for their hand baggage and a moment later the long train stopped and the vestibule steps were let down.If... Long Stories - Post by : simkl - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. Frank Baum - Read : 1948

Mary Louise And The Liberty Girls - Chapter 26. Keeping Busy Mary Louise And The Liberty Girls - Chapter 26. Keeping Busy

Mary Louise And The Liberty Girls - Chapter 26. Keeping Busy
CHAPTER XXVI. KEEPING BUSYThe Liberty Girls were forced to abandon their Shop when a substantial offer was made by a business firm to rent the store they had occupied. However, they were then, near the end of their resources, with depleted stock, for they had begged about all the odds and ends people would consent to part with. What goods remained to them were of inferior worth and slow to dispose of, so they concluded their enterprise with a "grand auction," Peter Conant acting as auctioneer, and cleaned up the entire stock "in a blaze of glory," as Mary Louise enthusiastically... Long Stories - Post by : runtonk - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. Frank Baum - Read : 2908

Mary Louise And The Liberty Girls - Chapter 25. Decorating Mary Louise And The Liberty Girls - Chapter 25. Decorating

Mary Louise And The Liberty Girls - Chapter 25. Decorating
CHAPTER XXV. DECORATINGColonel Hathaway and Mary Louise were walking down the street one day when they noticed that the front of Jake Kasker's Clothing Emporium was fairly covered with American flags. Even the signs were hidden by a fluttering display of the Stars and Stripes."I wonder what this means?" said the colonel."Let's go in and inquire," proposed Mary Louise. "I don't suppose the man has forgiven me yet for suspecting his loyalty, but you've always defended him, Gran'pa Jim, so he will probably tell you why he is celebrating."They entered the store and Kasker came forward to meet them."What's the meaning... Long Stories - Post by : ow24160 - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. Frank Baum - Read : 1461

Mary Louise And The Liberty Girls - Chapter 24. After The Crisis Mary Louise And The Liberty Girls - Chapter 24. After The Crisis

Mary Louise And The Liberty Girls - Chapter 24. After The Crisis
CHAPTER XXIV. AFTER THE CRISISMrs. Charleworth drove Josie, who was sobbing nervously and quite bereft of her usual self-command, to Colonel Hathaway's residence. The woman was unnerved, too, and had little to say on the journey.The old colonel had retired, but Mary Louise was still up, reading a book, and she was shocked when Josie came running in and threw herself into her friend's arms, crying and laughing by turns, hysterically."What's the matter, dear?" asked Mary Louise in an anxious voice."I've b-b-bungled that whole miserable G-Ger-man spy plot!" wailed Josie."Wasn't there any plot, then?""Of course; but I g-grabbed the wrong end... Long Stories - Post by : sbeard - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. Frank Baum - Read : 1092

Mary Louise And The Liberty Girls - Chapter 23. The Flashlight Mary Louise And The Liberty Girls - Chapter 23. The Flashlight

Mary Louise And The Liberty Girls - Chapter 23. The Flashlight
CHAPTER XXIII. THE FLASHLIGHT"Perhaps," said Josie, her voice trembling a little, "I have assumed too much, and accused this man," pointing to Kauffman, "unjustly. I was trying to serve my country. But I am somewhat confused, even yet, in regard to this affair. Will you please tell me, Mrs. Charleworth, what connection you have with Mr. Kauffman, or with his--projectile?""Very gladly," said the lady, graciously. "I am a stockholder in this steel company--a rather important stockholder, I believe--and while I am not a member of the board of directors, Mr. Colton represents my interests. Two years ago we bought the Kauffman... Long Stories - Post by : Truman - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. Frank Baum - Read : 3583

Mary Louise And The Liberty Girls - Chapter 22. A Slight Mistake Mary Louise And The Liberty Girls - Chapter 22. A Slight Mistake

Mary Louise And The Liberty Girls - Chapter 22. A Slight Mistake
CHAPTER XXII. A SLIGHT MISTAKEFrom the edge of the town to the steel works the road led through a common, overgrown with brush and weeds. There was no moon and although the distance was not great it was a lonely, dark and "creepy" place. As soon as the girl saw Kauffman take the road to the works she decided to get there before he could do so. Knowing well she could not be seen, she branched off through the brush, and finding her way by instinct rather than sight, ran swiftly in a half circle over the fields and struck the... Long Stories - Post by : JuvioSuccess - Date : May 2012 - Author : L. Frank Baum - Read : 3014