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A Little Question in Ladies' Rights   By: (1878-1944)

A Little Question in Ladies' Rights by Parker Fillmore

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A LITTLE QUESTION IN LADIES' RIGHTS

BY THE SAME AUTHOR

THE HICKORY LIMB

Illustrated. Cloth. 50 cents net

"The joyful pathos is so true that it chokes you all up but leaves you happy, and one likes to be left happy."

"An hour of amusement, a series of laughs from the heart out and a pleasant vista backward to the days of childhood will come to the reader of 'The Hickory Limb.'"

Cincinnati Tribune.

JOHN LANE COMPANY

NEW YORK

[Illustration: "What's the matter, Margery?"

"Nothing. I'm just waiting."

( See page 13 )]

A LITTLE QUESTION IN LADIES' RIGHTS

by

PARKER H. FILLMORE

Author of "The Hickory Limb," "The Rosie World," Etc.

Illustrations by Rose Cecil O'Neill

[Illustration]

New York John Lane Company MCMXVI

Copyright, 1911, By John Lane Company

Copyright, 1916, By John Lane Company

Press of J. J. Little & Ives Company New York, U. S. A.

Note : The first part of this story is reprinted from "The Young Idea," now out of print; the second part has never until now appeared in book form.

ILLUSTRATIONS

"What's the matter, Margery?" "Nothing. I'm just waiting." Frontispiece

PAGE

"I'm only the hired girl!" 19

"Margery, do you see him? The bees are after him!" 30

A LITTLE QUESTION IN LADIES' RIGHTS

PART ONE

MARGERY was sitting under the cherry tree with a certain air of expectancy. She seemed to be waiting for something or some one. Willie Jones's head popped over the back fence and Willie Jones himself, a tin pail in one hand, dropped into the Blair yard and made for the cherry tree. But Margery still gazed earnestly, tensely, into nothing. Willie Jones, evidently, was not the object of her thoughts.

"What's the matter, Margery?"

"Nothing. I'm just waiting."

"What for?"

There was no reason for telling Willie Jones, but, by the same token, there was no reason for not telling him. So Margery answered frankly:

"I et a whole bagful of bananas and now Effie says I'm going to be sick and thr'up. So I'm just waiting."

"Whew! How many was they, Margery?"

"I don't know, but a good many."

"Think you might have shared with a fella."

"Well, you see, Willie, I didn't know anything about them. None of us did. I thought I smelled something good in the pantry, and when Effie went upstairs I sneaked in to see. Sure enough, there was a bag of bananas, real soft and sweet, don't you know. I et one and then I et another and, before I knew it, they were all gone. Then Effie caught me as I was coming out."

"Will she tell on you?"

"No, I don't think she'll tell on me. But she says I'm going to be awful sick. I was once before. So I'm just waiting."

"Aw, you're not going to be sick, Margery. That's only Effie's bluff. Listen: I'm going out blackberrying. There are just dead loads of great big ripe ones on the graveyard patch. My mother'll give me ten cents if I bring her back two quarts."

Margery looked at the tin pail longingly. She, too, would go blackberrying, but she realized that home was the best place for sick folk.

"Aw, come on," Willie urged. "You're not going to be sick. I bet anything you're not."

Confidence begets confidence, and, looking at Willie Jones's tin pail, Margery began to wonder whether, after all, Effie's prophecy might not prove a false one.

"I tell you what, Willie: Wait a minute and I'll ask Effie."

"Why do you got to ask her?"

"Because mother's not home. Besides, if I do get sick, I'll want Effie to take care of me."

This last was too sound a reason for Willie to gainsay, so Margery called Effie to the kitchen door.

"Blackberryin'! And in the sun!" Effie repeated, when Margery had delivered herself. "Well, I guess not! Here you are just stuffed full of ripe bananas and you want a go out trampin' in the sun! Not much! You stay right where you are, me lady, and take care o' yourself... Continue reading book >>




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