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Joyce's Investments A Story for Girls   By: (1848-1942)

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Author of "All Aboard," "Bubbles," etc., etc.


Copyright, 1899, By A. I. BRADLEY & CO.

"Women have the genius of charity, A man gives but his gold; Woman adds to it her sympathy."

[Illustration: "What a bright eyed baby! May I come in for a minute and talk with you?" said Joyce.]


I. Legal Advice

II. Old Friends

III. Joyce's Interests

IV. The Works and Workmen

V. Among the Cottages

VI. Fresh Glimpses

VII. The Hapgoods and Nate

VIII. Littleton Reviewed

IX. Dan

X. At the Bonnivels'

XI. The Social House

XII. The House Warming

XIII. Some Encounters

XIV. Joyce and Her Manager

XV. Mother Flaherty's Telephone

XVI. On a Trail

XVII. Dodo

XVIII. Nate Tierney

XIX. In the Cage

XX. Sorrow

XXI. In the Lock up

XXII. A Visit to Lozcoski

XXIII. Waiting for the Train

XXIV. Night Watchers

XXV. Camille Speaks Out

XXVI. Not Welcome

XXVII. Night Happenings

XXVIII. Visiting the Shut ins

XXIX. A Dream Ended

XXX. A Railroad Wedding




The old lawyer caressed his smoothly shaven chin and gazed out at Joyce Lavillotte from under his shaggy eyebrows, as from the port holes of a castle, impressing her as being quite as inscrutable of aspect and almost as belligerent. She, flushed and bright eyed, leaned forward with an appealing air, opposing the resistless vigor of youth to the impassiveness of age.

"It is not the crazy scheme you think it, Mr. Barrington," she said in that liquid voice which was an inheritance from her creole ancestry, "and I do not mean to risk my last dollar. You know I have means that cannot be touched. Why should you be so sure I cannot manage the Works especially when Mr. Dalton is so capable and "

The lawyer uttered something between a grunt and a laugh.

"It's Mr. Dalton who will manage it all. What do you know of the Works?"

"No, he will not, Mr. Barrington. The factory, of course, is his province, but the village shall be mine. You think, because I am not yet twenty two, that I do not know my own mind, but you forget how long I have been motherless; and a girl has to think for herself when her mother goes."

"But your father?"

"You knew my father." The tremble in the young voice hardened into a haughty note, and she drew back coldly.

Mr. Barrington heaved a perplexed sigh.

"I know I ought to oppose you to the death, even! You'll never have such another chance to sell out, and the sum safely invested in bonds and mortgages, would keep you like a princess."

"I don't want to be kept like a princess. I don't choose to make use of that money for myself, Mr. Barrington I can't. There is enough of my mother's for my few needs. I was brought up simply, and I am glad! If I sell the works, as you desire, I shall still give the proceeds away. Had you rather I built a hospital, or founded a girl's college, or set up a mission to the South Pole? I'd rather build a town on rational principles."

The haughtiness had melted now, and the smile with which she ended was hard to resist. A younger man would have yielded sooner, but Mr. Barrington was a sharp, practical financier, and furthermore, he had what he believed to be the best good of his client at heart. She was of age and, under the conditions of her late father's will, absolute mistress of a great fortune. It was aggravating to find she had no intention of sitting down to enjoy this in a comfortable, lady like manner, but must at once begin to develope schemes and plans which seemed half insane to him. Why should this new generation of women be so streaked with quirks and oddities, so knobby with ideas, when they might be just as helpless and charming as those of his own day, and give themselves blindly to the guidance of astute men like himself? It was maddening to contemplate... Continue reading book >>

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