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Betty Lee, Freshman by Harriet Pyne Grove

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BETTY LEE, FRESHMAN

By

HARRIET PYNE GROVE

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THE WORLD SYNDICATE PUBLISHING CO.

Cleveland, Ohio New York City

Copyright, 1931

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THE WORLD SYNDICATE PUBLISHING CO.

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Printed in the United States of America

Table of Contents

· CHAPTER I: BETTY LEE'S MOST MOVING ADVENTURE · CHAPTER II: BETTY MEETS RESPONSIBILITY AND A TRIAL OF PATIENCE · CHAPTER III: "THE FATEFUL DAY" · CHAPTER IV: A REAL FRESHMAN AT LAST · CHAPTER V: JANET HEARS FROM BETTY · CHAPTER VI: FRIENDS AND FUN · CHAPTER VII: CAROLYN'S GARDEN PARTY · CHAPTER VIII: BETTY HEARS THE LIONS ROAR · CHAPTER IX: SHOWING OFF LYON HIGH · CHAPTER X: MORE FESTIVITIES · CHAPTER XI: THE "SURPRISE" PARTY · CHAPTER XII: A CHANGE OF PLAN · CHAPTER XIII: BETTY MEETS TROUBLE · CHAPTER XIV: SENT TO THE PRINCIPAL · CHAPTER XV: DETECTIVE WORK · CHAPTER XVI: SOME FRESHMAN CONCLUSIONS · CHAPTER XVII: SPRING AT LYON HIGH

CHAPTER I: BETTY LEE'S MOST MOVING ADVENTURE

Betty Lee, aged almost fourteen, was dressing for travel. She both dreaded and anticipated the day and smiled at her reflection in the mirror as it looked at her with eyes as bright as stars, cheeks pink from excitement and lips a little apart. That was a pretty and becoming suit, "ducky," her chum had called it. Now for the new hat, to be put on over short, sunny, wavy locks that didn't have to have anything done to them to make them so. That again was what Janet Light said, pretending to be envious.

Betty's hands trembled a little as she adjusted the hat. She could not help hurrying, though her aunt, Mrs. Royce, had told her to take her time now. "Don't get all fussed and excited before you start," Aunt Jo had said.

The twins, Dick and Doris, aged twelve, were already downstairs eating breakfast. Betty had helped Dick with his tie and rounded up several articles for Doris before she could finish her own toilet, but it was a comfort to be alone for a little.

From the bathroom came the sounds of splashing and the merry laugh of Amy Louise, the little four year old. With the promise of "going to see Mamma," Amy Lou would let anybody do anything this morning, though she had been insisting upon Betty's dressing her as a rule, in this trying interim.

The cause of all this early morning excitement was that Betty Lee's family was moving from the home and town in which they had lived ever since Betty could remember. A new home was being established in the city where an unexpected business opportunity had developed for her father.

Mrs. Lee had hurried to join her husband as soon as the goods were ready to be moved by truck. She must give the final word about such locations as Mr. Lee was able to find. With breath taking swiftness, it seemed to Betty, her old home had been stripped of its furniture and seemed like a different place. Temporary headquarters were made with Aunt Jo Royce, Mr. Lee's sister, and at her home the children were staying in the absence of their mother.

But word had come by telegram. Mrs. Royce could not accompany them to the city. It was Betty's responsibility to manage the most important transfer of all, that of the Lee children; and it loomed rather large to her, as she managed to swallow the soft boiled egg, all fixed for her by Lucy Baxter, who lived with her aunt. But she wished that Lucy would not say again what she had said more than once already, with a mournful air.

"It's just as well that your house ain't sold yet, I say. Cities don't always pan out, as I've told your ma. You remember when Mel Haswell went to Noo York, how quick he come back, don't you?"

"Yes, Lucy," Betty replied pleasantly, though she wished again that Lucy would not always appeal to somebody for the truth of her remarks. You had to say something. That was expected of you. As if her father were anything like Mel Haswell!

But Lucy's cup of cocoa was just right and the toast was golden... Continue reading book >>




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