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Dorothy on a House Boat   By: (1843-1910)

Dorothy on a House Boat by Evelyn Raymond

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DOROTHY ON A HOUSE BOAT

By

EVELYN RAYMOND

ILLUSTRATED

New York

THE PLATTE & PECK CO.

THE

DOROTHY BOOKS

By EVELYN RAYMOND

These stories of an American girl by an American author have made "Dorothy" a household synonym for all that is fascinating. Truth and realism are stamped on every page. The interest never flags, and is ofttimes intense. No more happy choice can be made for gift books, so sure are they to win approval and please not only the young in years, but also "grown ups" who are young in heart and spirit.

Dorothy Dorothy at Skyrie Dorothy's Schooling Dorothy's Travels Dorothy's House Party Dorothy in California Dorothy on a Ranch Dorothy's House Boat Dorothy at Oak Knowe Dorothy's Triumph Dorothy's Tour

Illustrated, 12mo, Cloth Price per Volume, 50 Cents

COPYRIGHT, 1909, BY THE PLATT & PECK CO.

[Illustration: "EPHRAIM, DID YOU EVER LIVE IN A HOUSE BOAT?" P 15 Dorothy's House Boat ]

FOREWORD.

Those who have followed the story of Dorothy Calvert's life thus far will remember that it has been full of interest and many adventures pleasant and otherwise. Beginning as a foundling left upon the steps of a little house in Brown street, Baltimore, she was adopted by its childless owners, a letter carrier and his wife. When his health failed she removed with them to the Highlands of the Hudson. There followed her "Schooling" at a fashionable academy; her vacation "Travels" in beautiful Nova Scotia; her "House Party" at the home of her newly discovered great aunt, Mrs. Betty Calvert; their winter together "In California"; a wonderful summer "On a Ranch" in Colorado; and now the early autumn has found the old lady and the girl once more in the ancestral home of the Calverts. Enjoying their morning's mail in the pleasant library of old Bellvieu, they are both astonished by the contents of one letter which offers for Dorothy's acceptance the magnificent gift of a "House Boat." What follows the receipt of this letter is now to be told.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

FOREWORD 9

I. A BIG GIFT FOR A SMALL MAID 11

II. INVITATIONS TO A CRUISE OF LOVING KINDNESS 25

III. THE DIFFICULTIES OF GETTING UNDER WAY 44

IV. MATTERS ARE SETTLED 62

V. THE STORM AND WHAT FOLLOWED 76

VI. A MULE AND MELON TRANSACTION 92

VII. VISITORS 105

VIII. THE COLONEL'S REVELATION 121

IX. FISH AND MONKEYS 138

X. A MERE ANNE ARUNDEL GUST 154

XI. A MORNING CALL OF MONKEYS 165

XII. UNDER THE PERSIMMON TREE 180

XIII. WHAT LAY UNDER THE WALKING FERN 195

XIV. THE REDEMPTION OF A PROMISE 213

XV. IN THE HEART OF AN ANCIENT WOOD 229

XVI. WHEN THE MONKEYS' CAGE WAS CLEANED 243

XVII. CONCLUSION 254

CHAPTER I

A BIG GIFT FOR A SMALL MAID.

"Well, of all things!" exclaimed Mrs. Betty Calvert, shaking her white head and tossing her hands in a gesture of amazement. Then, as the letter she had held fell to the floor, her dark eyes twinkled with amusement and she smilingly demanded: "Dorothy, do you want an elephant?"

The girl had been reading her own letters, just come in the morning's mail, but she paused to stare at her great aunt and to ask in turn:

"Aunt Betty, what do you mean?"

"Because if you do here's the chance of your life to get one!" answered the old lady, motioning toward the fallen letter.

Dolly understood that she was to pick it up and read it, and, having done so, remarked:

"Auntie dear, this doesn't say anything about an elephant, as I can see... Continue reading book >>




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