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Kristy's Rainy Day Picnic   By: (1831-1918)

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KRISTY'S RAINY DAY PICNIC

[Illustration: They were playing that the wax Doll was Sick.]

KRISTY'S RAINY DAY PICNIC

BY OLIVE THORNE MILLER

WITH ILLUSTRATIONS BY ETHEL N. FARNSWORTH

BOSTON AND NEW YORK HOUGHTON, MIFFLIN CO.

COPYRIGHT 1906 BY H. M. MILLER ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Published October 1906

CONTENTS

I. THE RAINY DAY 1

II. PLAYING DOCTOR; AND WHAT CAME OF IT 5

III. A SCHOOLGIRL'S JOKE 20

IV. ALL NIGHT IN THE SCHOOLHOUSE 27

V. MOLLY'S SECRET ROOM 45

VI. HOW MAMMA RAN AWAY 61

VII. HOW AUNT BETTY MADE HER CHOICE 73

VIII. NORA'S GOOD LUCK 91

IX. ONE LITTLE CANDLE 106

X. THE LOCKET TOLD 123

XI. HOW A DOG SAVED MY LIFE 145

XII. LOTTIE'S CHRISTMAS TREE 156

XIII. CHRISTMAS IN A BAGGAGE CAR 172

XIV. HOW A BEAR CAME TO SCHOOL 189

XV. HOW LETTIE HAD HER OWN WAY 202

XVI. HOW KATE FOUND A BABY 223

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

THEY WERE PLAYING THAT THE WAX DOLL WAS SICK (page 6) Frontispiece

KRISTY STOOD PEERING INTO A WORLD OF DRIZZLING RAIN 2

SHE HAD TO PASS A COTTAGE ALMOST HIDDEN WITH FLOWERS 124

IN THE PARK I FOUND A BABY ... AND I SAT DOWN BESIDE IT 226

KRISTY'S RAINY DAY PICNIC

CHAPTER I

THE RAINY DAY

"I think it's just horrid!" said Kristy, standing before the window, peering out into a world of drizzling rain. "Every single thing is ready and every girl promised to come, and now it has to go and rain; 'n' I believe it'll rain a week, anyway!" she added as a stronger gust dashed the drops against the glass.

Kristy's mother, who was sitting at her sewing table at work, did not speak at once, and Kristy burst out again:

"I wish it would never rain another drop; it's always spoiling things!"

"Kristy," said her mother quietly, "you remind me of a girl I knew when I was young."

"What about her?" asked Kristy rather sulkily.

"Why, she had a disappointment something like yours, only it wasn't the weather, but her own carelessness, that caused it. She cried and made a great fuss about it, but before night she was very glad it had happened."

"She must have been a very queer girl," said Kristy.

"She was much such a girl as you, Kristy; and the reason she was glad was because her loss was the cause of her having a far greater pleasure."

"Tell me about it," said Kristy, interested at once, and leaving the window.

"Well, she was dressed for a party at the house of one of her friends, and as she ran down the walk to join the girls in the hay wagon that was to take them all there, her dress caught on something and tore a great rent clear across the front breadth."

"Well; couldn't she put on another?" asked Kristy.

"Girls didn't have many dresses in those days, and that was a new one made on purpose for the occasion. She had no other that she would wear."

[Illustration: Kristy stood, peering into a world of drizzling Rain... Continue reading book >>




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