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The Automobile Girls at Chicago or, Winning Out Against Heavy Odds by Laura Dent Crane

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THE AUTOMOBILE GIRLS AT CHICAGO

Or

Winning Out Against Heavy Odds

by

LAURA DENT CRANE

Author of The Automobile Girls at Newport, The Automobile Girls in the Berkshires, The Automobile Girls Along the Hudson, etc.

Illustrated

[Illustration: "He's Here!" Cried Barbara.

Frontispiece. ]

Philadelphia Henry Altemus Company

Copyright, 1912, by Howard E. Altemus

Printed in the United States of America

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE I. THE MAN IN SECTION THIRTEEN 7 II. THE MISSING PASSENGER 19 III. A DIZZY ROUND OF PLEASURE 32 IV. BATTLE OF THE BULLS AND BEARS 45 V. AN EMBARRASSING MOMENT 56 VI. THE WRECK OF MR. A. BUBBLE 68 VII. THE MYSTERY OF THE IRON GATES 75 VIII. EXPLORING THE SECRET PASSAGE 84 IX. IN AN INDIAN GRAVEYARD 96 X. MEETING A TREASURE HUNTER 106 XI. GIVING AN ATTIC PARTY 116 XII. A CURIOUS OLD JOURNAL 127 XIII. THE MYSTERY OF THE ATTIC 136 XIV. TOMMY TAKES A WILD RIDE 143 XV. AN AMAZING OCCURRENCE 154 XVI. BOB SOLVES ANOTHER MYSTERY 164 XVII. A LONG REMEMBERED CHRISTMAS 178 XVIII. BAB'S EXCITING DISCOVERY 187 XIX. A BITTER DISAPPOINTMENT 195 XX. CONCLUSION 204

The Automobile Girls at Chicago

CHAPTER I

THE MAN IN SECTION THIRTEEN

BARBARA THURSTON awakened with a violent start.

"Wha a at is it?" she muttered, then opened her eyes wide. In the darkness of the Pullman berth she could see nothing at all save a faint perpendicular line of light at the edges of the curtains that enclosed the section.

"I I wonder what made me wake up so suddenly?" Barbara put out a groping hand. The hand came in contact with Mollie Thurston's face. Mollie brushed it away, muttering irritably in her sleep. Then all at once Barbara discovered what had awakened her. Close at hand she heard the voices of two men. They were conversing in low, cautious tones.

"I tell you I'll crush him! I'll crush them both. I'll make beggars of them!" declared one of the men in a slightly heightened tone.

The train had stopped, as Barbara realized at that moment. Otherwise she might not have been able to hear the words so plainly. The girl shuddered at the tone of the speaker's voice more than at the words themselves. She drew the curtains aside a little and peered out. It was then that she discovered by the light reflected from the adjoining section that the berths next to her had not been made up. Two men were sitting in the double seat within a few inches of where her head had lain. She was unable to see the men, nor did Barbara recognize either of the voices. Their conversation could be of no possible interest to her, she told herself. Still for some reason that she did not stop to analyze, the girl lay back with half closed eyes, listening. She listened not because she wanted to hear, but for the reason that she could not well help overhearing the conversation in the adjoining section.

At Barbara's side Mollie Thurston lay sleeping peacefully. As for Barbara, she was now wholly awake, all thought of sleep having left her.

"You mean you will crush them financially?" suggested the second speaker.

"Body and soul!"

"Do you mean to say that you would crush a human being perhaps drive him to do desperate things merely to gratify your love of money and power? Is that what you mean, Nat?"

"That is partly my meaning. Yes, I want power. Already they call me the 'Young Napoleon of Finance,' but that is not enough. Those men must be driven to the wall, for in crushing them I shall be increasing my own power as well as taking theirs from them. I'd crush them just the same if I knew it to be my last conscious act on earth... Continue reading book >>




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