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AT THE LITTLE BROWN HOUSE

BY RUTH ALBERTA BROWN

Author of "Tabitha at Ivy Hall," "Tabitha's Glory," "Tabitha's Vacation," etc., etc.

THE SAALFIELD PUBLISHING COMPANY CHICAGO AKRON, OHIO NEW YORK MADE IN U.S.A.

COPYRIGHT, MCMXIII By THE SAALFIELD PUBLISHING COMPANY

[Illustration: "I should say it sounded like a plain robber story," said Faith bitterly, while Gail sat white faced and silent with despair.]

CONTENTS

I. A MORNING CALLER

II. THE MINISTER'S RECEPTION

III. SHOES AND STRAWBERRIES

IV. LITTLE FLOWER GIRLS

V. SACKCLOTH AND ASHES

VI. THANKSGIVING DAY AT THE BROWN HOUSE

VII. PEACE SURPRISES THE LADIES' AID

VIII. A MYSTERIOUS SANTA CLAUS

IX. FAITH'S AWAKENING

X. COMPANY FOR SUPPER

XI. GARDENS AND GOPHERS

XII. THE RASPBERRY PATCH

XIII. PEACE GETS EVEN

XIV. PEACE, THE GOOD SAMARITAN

XV. PEACE COLLECTS DAMAGES

XVI. THE STATE FAIR CAKE

XVII. THE CIRCUS AND THE MISSIONARY

XVIII. THE HAND ORGAN MAN

XIX. HEARTBREAK

XX. AT THE BROKER'S OFFICE

XXI. SURPRISES

AT THE LITTLE BROWN HOUSE

CHAPTER I

A MORNING CALLER

It was a glorious morning in early June; the dew still hung heavy on each grass blade and leaf, making rainbow tapestries that defy description, as the waking sunbeams stole into the heart of each round drop and nestled there; the fresh, cool air was sweet with the breath of a thousand flowers; a beautiful bird chorus filled the earth with riotous melody as the happy hearted songsters flitted from tree to tree saying, "Good morning," to their neighbors. Through a mass of rosy clouds in the east, the sun struggled up over the hilltop and smiled down on the sleeping village of Parker as if trying to coax the dreamers to arise and behold the beauties of the dawning day. In the barn yards of the little farms scattered around about the town roosters were crowing, hens were clucking, cattle lowing, and horses stamping and neighing, eager for their breakfast.

Old Towzer, from his bed on the porch of the little brown house, almost bidden by tall maples and wide spreading elms, stretched and yawned, perked up his ears, listened intently, then rose stiffly, shook his heavy coat and leisurely descending the steps, circled around the place to see whether anyone was yet astir. The door slammed at the green house on the farm adjoining, from the little red cottage across the fields came the sound of a busy ax, and down by the creek some early riser whistled merrily as he went about his morning work. All this old Towzer heard, and strolling back to his place on the porch, he looked up at the chamber window above him and barked sharply. The drawn curtain flew up with a flirt, a small, tousled head appeared behind the screen, and a childish voice in a loud whisper commanded, "Keep still, you old Towzer! It isn't time to wake Gail yet. We've got to get those flowers and she wouldn't let us if she knew."

A second small face joined the first at the window, followed by still another, all blinking sleepily, but eager with excitement. "Oh, Peace," whispered the oldest of the trio, in an awestruck voice, "isn't it a beau ti ful day? I've a notion to call "

"Don't you dast!" quickly interposed the first speaker. "You know Gail never'd let us go. Just see how wet everything is!"

"Did it rain?" asked the third child, the youngest of them all, critically examining the trees and porch roof, and then lifting her great, blue eyes to the bluer sky above as if expecting to see her answer there.

"No, goosie, it's just dew, but it must have been awful heavy. Get your clothes on, Allee, or Gail will wake before we are started. Aren't you ready, Cherry?"

"'Most," came the muffled reply from the corner where a struggling tangle of clothes, hands and feet proclaimed that Cherry was hurrying... Continue reading book >>




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