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The Eagle's Nest by S. E. Cartwright

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[Frontispiece: "LIE STILL," WHISPERED LEWIS, "SHE IS COMING THIS WAY!"]

The Eagle's Nest

BY

S. E. CARTWRIGHT

Author of "Tommy the Adventurous"

Illustrated by William Rainey, R.I.

BLACKIE & SON LIMITED

LONDON AND GLASGOW

1899

BLACKIE & SON LIMITED 50 Old Bailey, London 17 Stanhope Street, Glasgow BLACKIE & SON (INDIA) LIMITED Warwick House, Fort Street, Bombay BLACKIE & SON (CANADA) LIMITED 1118 Bay Street, Toronto

Printed in Great Britain by Blackie & Son, Ltd., Glasgow

CONTENTS

Chap.

I. A WASP IN THE SCHOOLROOM II. UNDER THE LABURNUM TREE III. THE EAGLE'S NEST IV. A ROPE LADDER V. THE BOY WHO MOUNTED IT VI. A VICTIM VII. JACK AND JILL VIII. AN EARLY CHASE IX. AN ALARMING JUMP X. THE TRESPASSER XI. CERTAIN LITTLE GARDENS XII. A NEW LADDER XIII. THE BROWN BAG XIV. KEEPING SHOP XV. A CUSTOMER XVI. IMPRISONED IN A PARLOUR XVII. IN AN EMPTY HOUSE XVIII. THE RETURN AFTER SHOPPING XIX. AN INTERESTING DITCH XX. DISPUTES XXI. OLD GAMES XXII. THE VISITORS XXIII. AN END OF HIDING XXIV. EXPLANATIONS

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"LIE STILL," WHISPERED LEWIS, "SHE IS COMING THIS WAY!" . . . Frontis.

A TALL, THIN MAN WAS CAREFULLY EXAMINING JACK

LEWIS WAS STILL LYING IN A SORT OF CRUMPLED UP HEAP

THE EAGLE'S NEST

CHAPTER I

A WASP IN THE SCHOOLROOM

One bright May morning, Madge, Betty, and John were a little more inattentive than usual over their lessons. Miss Thompson was very patient. She knew that warm spring days were full of distracting interests. The first wasp of the season managed to get into the schoolroom and buzz ostentatiously on the window pane in the middle of a history lesson. There was a long pause of expectation on the part of the three children. Surely even a grown up person could not be so utterly uninterested as to allow a queen wasp to escape alive?

"What was the chief event of the reign of Henry the Eighth?" continued Miss Thompson, quite unmoved by the display of suppressed excitement around her. There was no answer, so she repeated the question a little louder.

"May I kill it, or would you rather do it yourself?" said Madge eagerly. The three children had now shut their books and given up all pretence of interest in anything except the wasp, which was trying harder than ever to buzz right through the pane of glass.

"Really nobody would suppose that you were twelve years old!" said Miss Thompson, in a vain effort to make her eldest pupil ashamed of herself. "Now then, open your history and see what was the most important event, if you can't remember."

"But it'll get away if you don't squash it!" shrieked John and Betty. They were twins, and perhaps for that reason always spoke together.

"Do leave the poor creature alone!" said Miss Thompson imploringly. "It cannot hurt you if you sit still and attend to your lessons."

"That's not what we are afraid of!" cried Madge; "it's the fruit! Don't you know a queen wasp has millions of children before the summer is over, and we shan't have any fruit at all if you don't kill it!"

"No strawberries! No peaches! No nothing!" echoed the twins with growing excitement. "And it will be all your fault! But of course you don't care, as you never eat fruit. Papa won't like it though. He always kills "

"My dears, please don't make such a silly fuss about nothing," interrupted Miss Thompson, rising with considerable dignity from her seat. The children watched her with the most intense interest; but when, instead of crushing the intruding wasp, she merely tried to brush it out of the open window with her handkerchief, they broke out into shouts of disapproval. If the poor lady had let loose some peculiarly savage wild beast on society she could not have been more severely condemned by public opinion. And the worst of it was, that the wasp would not go! She clung to the handkerchief, and when it was shaken at the open window suddenly transferred herself to the sleeve of her deliverer's dress... Continue reading book >>




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