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Jennie Baxter, Journalist   By: (1850-1912)

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JENNIE BAXTER JOURNALIST

By Robert Barr

Entered according to Act of the Parliament of Canada, in the year one thousand eight hundred and ninety nine.

CONTENTS

I. JENNIE MAKES HER TOILETTE AND THE ACQUAINTANCE OF A PORTER

II. JENNIE HAS IMPORTANT CONFERENCES WITH TWO IMPORTANT EDITORS

III. JENNIE INTERVIEWS A FRIGHTENED OFFICIAL

IV. JENNIE LEARNS ABOUT THE DIAMONDS OF THE PRINCESS

V. JENNIE MEETS A GREAT DETECTIVE

VI. JENNIE SOLVES THE DIAMOND MYSTERY

VII. JENNIE ARRANGES A CINDERELLA VISIT

VIII. JENNIE MIXES WITH THE ELITE OF EARTH

IX. JENNIE REALIZES THAT GREAT EVENTS CAST THEIR SHADOWS BEHIND

X. JENNIE ASSISTS IN SEARCHING FOR HERSELF

XI. JENNIE ELUDES AN OFFER OF MARRIAGE

XII. JENNIE TOUCHES THE EDGE OF A GOVERNMENT SECRET

XIII. JENNIE INDULGES IN TEA AND GOSSIP

XIV. JENNIE BECOMES A SPECIAL POLICE OFFICER

XV. JENNIE BESTOWS INFORMATION UPON THE CHIEF OF POLICE

XVI. JENNIE VISITS A MODERN WIZARD IN HIS MAGIC ATTIC

XVII. JENNIE ENGAGES A ROOM IN A SLEEPING CAR

XVIII. JENNIE ENDURES A TERRIBLE NIGHT JOURNEY

XIX. JENNIE EXPERIENCES THE SURPRISE OF HER LIFE

XX. JENNIE CONVERSES WITH A YOUNG MAN SHE THINKS MUCH OF

XXI. JENNIE KEEPS STEP WITH THE WEDDING MARCH

CHAPTER I. JENNIE MAKES HER TOILETTE AND THE ACQUAINTANCE OF A PORTER.

Miss Jennie Baxter, with several final and dainty touches that put to rights her hat and dress a little pull here and a pat there regarded herself with some complacency in the large mirror that was set before her, as indeed she had every right to do, for she was an exceedingly pretty girl. It is natural that handsome young women should attire themselves with extra care, and although Jennie would have been beautiful under any conceivable condition of dress, she nevertheless did not neglect the arraying of herself becomingly on that account. All that was remarkable on this occasion consisted in the fact that she took more than usual pains to make herself presentable, and it must be admitted that the effect was as attractive as anyone could wish to have it. Her appearance was enough to send a friend into ecstasies, or drive an enemy to despair.

Jennie's voluminous hair, without being exactly golden, was as the poets might term it the colour of ripe corn, and was distractingly fluffy at the temples. Her eyes were liquidly, bewitchingly black, of melting tenderness, and yet, upon occasion, they would harden into piercing orbs that could look right through a man, and seem to fathom his innermost thoughts. A smooth, creamy complexion, with a touch of red in the cheeks, helped to give this combination of blonde and brunette an appearance so charmingly striking that it may be easily understood she was not a girl to be passed by with a single glance. Being so favoured by nature, Jennie did not neglect the aid of art, and it must be admitted that most of her income was expended in seeing that her wardrobe contained the best that Paris could supply; and the best in this instance was not necessarily the most expensive at least not as expensive as such supplementing might have been to an ordinary woman, for Jennie wrote those very readable articles on the latest fashionable gowns which have appeared in some of the ladies' weeklies, and it was generally supposed that this fact did not cause her own replenishing from the modistes she so casually mentioned in her writings to be more expensive than her purse could afford. Be that as it may, Miss Baxter was always most becomingly attired, and her whole effect was so entrancing that men have been known to turn in the street as she passed, and murmur, "By Jove!" a phrase that, when you take into account the tone in which it is said, represents the furthermost point of admiration which the limited vocabulary of a man about town permits him to utter; and it says something for the honesty of Jennie's black eyes, and the straightforwardness of her energetic walk, that none of these momentary admirers ever turned and followed her... Continue reading book >>




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