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The Madigans   By: (1870-1942)

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[Illustration: A Few of Irene's "Fathers"]





Copyright, 1904, by The Century Co.

Published October, 1904

The DeVinne Press



Cecilia the Pharisee 3

A Pagan and a Puritan 39

A Merry, Merry Zingara 79

The Shut Ups 115

The Ancestry of Irene 147

The Last Straw 189

A Ready Letter Writer 219

"The Martyrdom of Man" 265

Kate: A Pretense 297

Old Mother Gibson 331


PAGE A Few of Irene's "Fathers" Frontispiece

"That settles Number 10," said Sissy, grimly 7

Left the room with such uncompromising hauteur ... that her aunt again exploded 13

"Please, Mr. Garvan," she said 17

Some of the Madigans 23

The Rest of the Madigans 29

Seizing Sissy in his arms, he bore her off to bed 35

"Play it, then, you mean thing," she cried, ... "if it's going to do you any good!" 47

"Go and shake hands properly, like a little gentleman," bullied Mrs. Pemberton 53

Of the design and construction of which he was quite vain 63

The Belle of the Afternoon 71

She was pronounced a "regular little love" by the Misses Bryne Stivers 91

"I don't see how you're going to dance in them" 95

"But is she very sick?" 101

She glanced up the incline of the see saw to the height whence Irene looked down 153

"I want you come!" the Indian princess announced 163

They had coasted only half a block 169

"Oh, you needn't glare at me!" exclaimed Bep 183

A train meant domesticity and dignity to Sissy. In Split it bred and fostered a spirit of coquetry 223

Stamping ... in a frenzy 229

Madigan banged the door behind him as he fled 237

"Here would I rest," she chanted 253

She walked a step or two with him 261



I, Cecilia Morgan Madigan, being of sound mind and in purfect bodily health, and residing in Virginia City, Nevada, do hereby on this first day of April solemnly promise:

1. That I will be Number 1 this next month at school.

2. That I will be pachient with Papa, and try to stand him.

3. That I will set Bep yes, and Fom too, even if she is Irene's partner a good example.

4. That I will not once this next month pinch Aunt Anne's sensative plant no matter what she does to me.

5. That I will dust the back legs of the piano even when Mrs. Pemberton isn't expected.

6. That I will help Kate controll her temper, and not mock and aggravate her when she sulks.

7. That I will be a little mother to Frank and teach her to grow up and be a creddit to the famly.

8. That I will not steal candy out of Kate's pocket without first begging her very hard to give me some.

9. That I will practice The Gazelle fathfully every solatary day. And give up reading on the sly while I play 5 finger exercises.

10. That I will try to bear with Irene. That I will do all I can not to fight with her but she is a selfish devvil who is always in the wrong.

And all this I solemnly promise myself without being coersed in any way, of my own free will, without let or hidrance, because I want to be good.

Cecilia Morgan Madigan ( called Sissy ), Aged 11 last birthday... Continue reading book >>

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