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Betty's Battles an Everyday Story by S. L. M.

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[Illustration: "How can I ever go!" cries Betty ( See page 1 ]

BETTY'S BATTLES

AN EVERYDAY STORY

BY S. L. M. Author of "Jabez the Unlucky"

PREFACE BY MRS. BRAMWELL BOOTH

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Illustrated by Gertrude M. Bradley

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PREFACE

I have derived real pleasure from the reading of "Betty's Battles," because I am sure if we can only get it into the hands of other "Bettys," that they will be inspired and helped to take up arms in their own cause, and fight, as Betty did, for the love and peace and orderliness of their own dear homes.

I think a fact is revealed in this story which is not actually transcribed in black and white. It is that the Grandmother through staying with whom Betty had been so much blessed and helped bore the same surname as Betty's father. For if she had brought up Betty's mother, I am quite sure there never could have been so much difficulty in the home as was the case when Betty returned from her holiday!

This little book will, I believe, help our Young People to realise their responsibility towards their own homes and their fathers and mothers.

Nothing is more grievous at the present time in many countries where civilisation is most advanced, than the decay of all that which is precious and beautiful in home life. There are many causes which have contributed to this, to which I cannot allude here; but there is one remedy which by the blessing of God cannot fail. It is that our young women should be enlightened and trained to acknowledge and to carry their responsibilities for that work which God has committed to women.

Undoubtedly, it is God's arrangement that women should beautify and adorn the home. A home is an absolute necessity to her; and only by the retirement and protection of a good home, can women ever be fitted to train and mould the nation's youth. As a wise, far seeing writer has said: "It is not too much to say that the prosperity or adversity of a nation rests in the hands of its women. They are the mothers of the men; they make and mould the characters of their sons, and the centre of their influence should be, as Nature intended it to be, the home. Home is the pivot round which the wheel of a country's highest statesmanship should revolve; the preservation of home, its interests, its duties and principles, should be the aim of every good citizen.... A happy home is the best and surest safeguard against all evil; and where home is not happy, there the Devil may freely enter and find his hands full. With women, and women only, this happiness in the home must find its foundation."

I believe in the successful mission of this little book, and wish it good speed.

Florence E. Booth

November 1907

CONTENTS

CHAP. PAGE

I. "GOOD BYE, GRANNIE" 1

II. HOME AGAIN 7

III. THE BATTLES BEGIN 19

IV. BETTY'S BIRTHDAY 31

V. REAL TROUBLE 48

VI. FOR FATHER'S SAKE 59

VII. DAY BY DAY 71

VIII. THE CAPTAIN 83

IX. A PLACE FOR EVERY ONE 95

X. A QUARREL 107

XI. FATHER AT HOME 123

XII. LUCY 129

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