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THE GIRLS OF HILLCREST FARM

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The Secret of the Rocks

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AMY BELL MARLOWE

Author of The Oldest of Four, A Little Miss Nobody, The Girl from Sunset Ranch, Etc.

[Illustration: LUCAS TORE DOWN THE BANK AND WADED RIGHT INTO THE STREAM. Frontispiece (Page 61.)]

New York Grosset & Dunlap Publishers

Made in the United States of America

Copyright, 1914, by Grosset & Dunlap

The Girls of Hillcrest Farm

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Chapter Page I. EVERYTHING AT ONCE! 1 II. AUNT JANE PROPOSES 10 III. THE DOCTOR DISPOSES 24 IV. THE PILGRIMAGE 37 V. LUCAS PRITCHETT 51 VI. NEIGHBORS 61 VII. HILLCREST 73 VIII. THE WHISPER IN THE DARK 85 IX. MORNING AT HILLCREST 96 X. THE VENTURE 109 XI. AT THE SCHOOLHOUSE 126 XII. THE GREEN EYED MONSTER 134 XIII. LYDDY DOESN'T WANT IT 144 XIV. THE COLESWORTHS 161 XV. ANOTHER BOARDER 171 XVI. THE BALL KEEPS ROLLING 184 XVII. THE RUNAWAY GRANDMOTHER 192 XVIII. THE QUEER BOARDER 199 XIX. WIDOW HARRISON'S TROUBLES 208 XX. THE TEMPERANCE CLUB AGAIN 216 XXI. CAUGHT 224 XXII. THE HIDDEN TREASURE 236 XXIII. THE VENDUE 248 XXIV. PROFESSOR SPINK'S BOTTLES 258 XXV. IN THE OLD DOCTOR'S OFFICE 269 XXVI. A BLOW UP 276 XXVII. THEY LOSE A BOARDER 283 XXVIII. THE SECRET REVEALED 289 XXIX. AN AUTOMOBILE RACE 298 XXX. THE HILLCREST COMPANY, LIMITED 303

THE GIRLS OF HILLCREST FARM

CHAPTER I

EVERYTHING AT ONCE!

Whenever she heard the siren of the ladder truck, as it swung out of its station on the neighboring street, Lydia Bray ran to the single window of the flat that looked out on Trimble Avenue.

They were four flights up. There were twenty three other families in this "double decker." A fire in the house was the oldest Bray girl's nightmare by night and haunting spectre by day.

Lydia just couldn't get used to these quarters, and they had been here now three months. The old, quiet home on the edge of town had been so different. To it she had returned from college so short a time ago to see her mother die and find their affairs in a state of chaos.

For her father was one of those men who leave everything to the capable management of their wives. Euphemia, or "'Phemie," was only a schoolgirl, then, in her junior year at high school; "Lyddy" was a sophomore at Littleburg when her mother died, and she had never gone back.

She couldn't. There were two very good reasons why her own and even 'Phemie's education had to cease abruptly. Their mother's income, derived from their grandmother's estate, ceased with her death. They could not live, let alone pursue education "on the heights," upon Mr. Bray's wages as overseer in one of the rooms of the hat factory.

"Mother's hundred dollars a month was just the difference between poverty and comfort," Lyddy had decided, when she took the strings of the household into her own hands... Continue reading book >>




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