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Dorothy's Triumph   By: (1843-1910)

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DOROTHY'S TRIUMPH

by

EVELYN RAYMOND

Illustrated by Rudolf Mencl

New York A. L. Chatterton Co.

Copyright 1911 A. L. Chatterton Co.

[Illustration: "A MELODY SUCH AS SETS THE HEART BEATING." " Dorothy's Triumph. "]

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

I ON THE TRAIN 9

II AT OLD BELLVIEU AGAIN 28

III DOROTHY MEETS HERR DEICHENBERG 49

IV THE BEGINNING OF THE TRIP 66

V THE CAMP IN THE MOUNTAINS 84

VI A CRY IN THE NIGHT 104

VII UNWELCOME VISITORS 122

VIII THE JOURNEY HOME 143

IX THE FIRST LESSON 158

X HERR DEICHENBERG'S CONCERT 174

XI CHRISTMAS AT BELLVIEU 192

XII MR. LUDLOW'S OFFER 207

XIII IN THE METROPOLIS 222

XIV THE STORM 237

XV DOROTHY'S TRIUMPH 251

DOROTHY'S TRIUMPH

CHAPTER I

ON THE TRAIN

"Maryland, my Maryland!" dreamily hummed Dorothy Calvert.

"Not only your Maryland, but mine ," was the resolute response of the boy beside her.

Dorothy turned on him in surprise.

"Why, Jim Barlow, I thought nothing could shake your allegiance to old New York state; you've told me so yourself dozens of times, and "

"I know, Dorothy; I've thought so myself, but since my visit to old Bellvieu, and our trip on the houseboat, I've I've sort o' changed my mind."

"You don't mean that you're coming to live with Aunt Betty and I again, Jim? Oh, you just can't mean that! Why, we'd be so delighted!"

"No, I don't mean just that," responded Jim, rather glumly "in fact, I don't know just what I mean myself, except I feel like I must be always near you and Mrs. Calvert."

"Say Aunt Betty, Jim."

"Well, Aunt Betty."

"You know she is an aunt to you, in the matter of affection, if not by blood."

"I do know that, and I appreciate all she did for me before she got well enough acquainted with you to believe she wanted you to live with her forever."

"Say, Jim, dear, often when I ponder over my life it seems like some brilliant dream. Just think of being left a squalling baby for Mrs. Calvert, my great aunt, to take care of, then sent to Mother Martha and Father John, because Aunt Betty felt that she should be free from the care of raising a troublesome child. Then, after I've grown into a sizable girl, in perfect ignorance as to my real parentage, Aunt Betty meets and likes me, and is anxious to get me back again. Then Judge Breckenridge and others take a hand in the matter of hunting up my real name and pedigree, with the result that Aunt Betty finally owns up to my being her kith and kin, and receives me with open arms at Deerhurst. Since then, I, Dorothy Elisabeth Somerset Calvert, F. F. V., etc., etc., changed from near poverty to at least a comfortable living, with all my heart could desire and more, have had one continuous good time. Yes, Jim, it is too strange and too good to be true."

"But it is true," protested the boy "true as gospel, Dorothy. You are one of the finest little ladies in the land and no one will ever dispute it."

"Oh, I wasn't fishing for compliments."

"Well, you got 'em just the same, didn't you? And you deserve 'em."

The train on which Dorothy and Jim, together with Ephraim, Aunt Betty's colored man, were riding, was already speeding through the broad vales of Maryland, every moment bringing it nearer the city of Baltimore and Old Bellvieu, the ancestral home of the Calverts, where Mrs. Elisabeth Cecil Somerset Calvert, familiarly termed, "Aunt Betty," would be awaiting them.

Since being "taken into the fold" by Aunt Betty, after years of living with Mother Martha and Father John, to whom she had sent the child as a nameless foundling, Dorothy had, indeed, been a happy girl, as her experiences related in the previous volumes of this series, "House Party," "In California," "On a Ranch," "House Boat," and "At Oak Knowe," will attest... Continue reading book >>




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