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New York Britton Publishing Company

Copyright, 1919, by Britton Publishing Company, Inc.

Made in U. S. A.

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CHAPTER PAGE I With Huz and Baby Jill in the Pasture 11 II Harking Back To Centerville 27 III Chicken Little Pays a Visit 43 IV A Cherry Penance 62 V The Guests Arrive 81 VI A Hunting Party 100 VII Pigs 123 VIII A Party and a Picnic 141 IX Bread and Polliwogs 161 X Supper at the Captain's 179 XI Calico and Company 195 XII Dick and Alice Go On Alone 215 XIII Chicken Little and Ernest 238 XIV Off to Annapolis 255 XV School 273 XVI The Prairie Fire 295 XVII The Lost Oyster Supper 315 XVIII An April Fool Frolic 338 XIX Sherm Hears Bad News 355 XX The Captain Finds His Own 373



"Chicken Little Chicken Little!"

Mrs. Morton's face was flushed with the heat. She was frying doughnuts over a hot stove and had been calling Chicken Little at intervals for the past ten minutes. Providence did not seem to have designed Mrs. Morton for frying doughnuts. She was very sensitive to heat and had little taste for cooking. She had laid aside her silks and laces on coming to the ranch, but the poise and dignity that come from years of gentle living were still hers. Her formal manner always seemed a trifle out of place in the old farm kitchen. On this particular morning she was both annoyed and indignant.

"She is the most provoking child!" she exclaimed in exasperation as Dr. Morton stepped into the kitchen.

"Provoking who? Chicken Little? What's the matter now?"

"That child is a perfect fly away. I can no more lay my hands on her when I need her than I could on a flea. She is off to the pasture, or out watching the men plow, or trotting away, no one knows where, with the two pups. And the worst of it is you encourage her in it, Father. You forget she is thirteen years old almost a woman in size! She is too old to be such a tomboy. She should be spending her time on her music and sewing, or learning to cook now that school's out for the summer."

Dr. Morton laughed.

"Oh, let up on the music for a year or two, Mother. Chicken Little's developing finely. She's a first rate little cook already. You couldn't have prepared a better breakfast yourself than she gave us that morning you were sick. You don't realize how much she does help you, and as to running about the farm, that will be the making of her. She is growing tall and strong and rosy. You don't want to make her into an old woman."

"It is all very well to talk, Father, but I intend to have my only daughter an accomplished lady, and I think you ought to help me. She is too old to be wasting her time this way. But have you any idea where she is? I want to send her over to Benton's after eggs. I have used all mine up for settings, and I can't make the custard pies you are so fond of, till I get some."

Dr. Morton laughed again.

"Yes, I have an exact idea where she is. Set your kettle back on the stove a moment and come and see."

Mrs. Morton followed him, leaving her doughnuts rather reluctantly. Ranch life had proved full of hardships to her. The hardships had been intensified because it was almost impossible to secure competent servants, or, indeed, servants of any kind... Continue reading book >>

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