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Back at School with the Tucker Twins   By: (1878-1913)

Back at School with the Tucker Twins by Nell Speed

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BACK AT SCHOOL WITH THE TUCKER TWINS

by

NELL SPEED

Author of "The Molly Brown Series," "The Carter Girls Series," etc.

[Illustration]

A. L. Burt Company Publishers New York

Printed in U. S. A.

Copyright, 1917, by Hurst & Company, Inc.

Made in U.S.A.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE I. THE GET AWAY 5 II. THE BIRTHDAY PARTY 18 III. GRESHAM AGAIN 27 IV. RULES AND RESULTS 41 V. SOME LETTERS 52 VI. THE HALLOWE'EN PARTY 64 VII. WHEN GHOST MEETS GHOST 83 VIII. INCRIMINATING EVIDENCE 97 IX. ECCLESIASTICAL POWER 110 X. VIRGINIA VERSUS CAROLINA 119 XI. THANKSGIVING DINNER 136 XII. THE BALL 148 XIII. NODS AND BECKS 159 XIV. HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS 184 XV. CHRISTMAS GUESTS 199 XVI. CHRISTMAS EVE AT BRACKEN 211 XVII. SANTA CLAUS 220 XVIII. CHRISTMAS FOR SALLY WINN 237 XIX. BACK IN THE TREAD MILL 255 XX. THE FIRE DRILL 265 XXI. THE REALITY 281 XXII. IN MOTLEY RAIMENT 300

Back at School with the Tucker Twins.

CHAPTER I.

THE GETAWAY.

Could it be possible that only one year had passed since I started to boarding school? So much had happened in that time, I had met so many persons, made so many friends, and my horizon had broadened so that it seemed more like ten years.

There I was once more on the train headed for Richmond, having arisen at the unearthly hour of five. Dear old Mammy Susan had as usual warmed up my bath water and prepared a bountiful breakfast. Father had been unable to accompany me to Richmond to put me on the Gresham train as we had planned, all because poor Sally Winn had made a desperate effort to depart this life in the night.

It was all so exactly as it had been the year before, I had to pinch myself to realize it was not just a dream of what had happened. My new mail order suit was a little different cut from the last year's, as Cousin Sue Lee, in planning my wardrobe, insisted upon up to date style, and my suit case did not look so shiny new. That was about the only difference that I could see. The colt had had a year to settle down in, but he was quite as lively as ever. My last hug with Mammy Susan was cut short by his refusing to stand still another minute, and as I piled into the buggy with Father, the spirited horse whirled us around on one wheel and we covered the six miles to Milton in such a short time that I had half an hour to wait for my train.

Sitting in the station at Richmond awaiting the arrival of my dear Tuckers and Annie Pore, I thought that if the first part of my journey had been a repetition of last year, now, at least, some variation was in order. Here I was waiting for friends I had already made, instead of wondering if I should meet any one on the train going to Gresham.

Annie Pore came first, her boat, from Price's Landing, having arrived early. Could this be the same Annie? This young lady had a suit on rather too much like mine for my taste, as I simply hate to look like everybody else! But a mail order house does not profess to sell only one of a kind, and I myself had introduced Annie to the mysteries of ordering by catalogue, so I really had no kick coming; but I couldn't help wishing that our tastes and pocketbooks had not coincided so exactly. When I thought of the Annie of last September and the Annie of this, I hated myself for caring.

My mind still retained the picture of the forlorn little English girl with her tear stained face and crumpled hat, her ill fitting clothes and bulging telescope... Continue reading book >>




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