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Mary Louise and Josie O'Gorman   By: (1868-1947)

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The Bluebird Books

MARY LOUISE AND JOSIE O'GORMAN

[Frontispiece] Josie gets a job as a maid. Chapter XII

MARY LOUISE AND JOSIE O'GORMAN

by

EDITH VAN DYNE

Author of "Mary Louise", "Mary Louise in the Country", "Mary Louise Solves a Mystery", "Mary Louise and the Liberty Girls", "Mary Louise Adopts a Soldier", "Mary Louise at Dorfield", "Mary Louise Stands the Test"

Frontispiece by Harry W. Armstrong

The Reilly & Lee Co. Chicago

Printed in the United States of America

Copyright, 1922 by The Reilly & Britton Co. All Rights Reserved

Mary Louise and Josie O'Gorman

CONTENTS

I MARY LOUISE MAKES AN INVESTMENT II THE BOARD ELECTS NEW MEMBERS III MARY LOUISE TELLS A STORY IV JOSIE DONS A HENNA WIG V BREAKFAST FOR TWO VI A SUCCESSFUL DISGUISE VII JOSIE GETS A JOB VIII PETER REFUSES NEW PARENTS IX JOSIE GETS HER BEARINGS X AT MISS DENTON'S DINNER TABLE XI JOSIE ENGAGES AN ASSISTANT XII CHESTER HUNT'S NEW MAID XIII A NEW BROOM SWEEPS CLEAN XIV JOSIE JUMPS HER JOB XV JOSIE VISITS INDIANA XVI JOSIE GETS A RIDE XVII HUSBAND AND WIFE XVIII CHESTER HUNT CONFESSES XIX A HAPPY REUNION

Mary Louise and Josie O'Gorman

CHAPTER I MARY LOUISE MAKES AN INVESTMENT

Mary Louise had stood the test of being rich and beloved, and envied by all the daughters of Dorfield; and then of being poor and bereft, pitied by all who had formerly envied her. Soon after the death of her grandfather, Colonel Hathaway, had come the news of her husband's shipwreck. Hope of Danny Dexter's survival was finally abandoned by his sorrowing little wife and his many friends. Colonel Hathaway's comfortable fortune had mysteriously disappeared and Mary Louise faced a future of poverty. With native pluck she arose to the occasion. In spite of her sad heart she showed a cheerful spirit. Joining forces with Josie O'Gorman and Elizabeth Wright in the quaint Higgledy Piggledy Shop, she opened a millinery department and was soon swamped with orders for smart hats by the elite of Dorfield and old fashioned bonnets for the ancient ladies who refused to wear hats. When Danny came back, not having gone to a watery grave after all, and the lost fortune was found, Mary Louise again stood the test of being rich and beloved.

"Nothing can spoil our Mary Louise," Josie O'Gorman declared, and Irene Macfarlane smiled from her wheel chair.

"That is because she is pure gold, through and through," said the lame girl as she deftly plied her needle in the cobwebby lace collar she was mending.

"We certainly shall miss her here at the Higgledy Piggledy," put in Elizabeth Wright. "It doesn't seem like the same place with Mary Louise gone. I wonder what the old ladies who still wear bonnets will do now. There is no other milliner in Dorfield who can fashion an old time bonnet like our Mary Louise. She did them as though she loved them and the old ladies for whom they were intended."

"Well, every old woman in town has had Mary Louise make her a bonnet 'exactly like Jane's and Susan's and Martha's and Matilda's'," laughed Josie, "and they don't change their bonnets oftener than every seven years, so we needn't worry about them just yet. Speaking of angels! Here she is!"

Mary Louise literally danced into the shop. Ever since Danny returned her feet seemed to have wings.

"I didn't know how miserable I had been until I had my present happiness with which to compare my former sorrow," she had told Josie O'Gorman shortly after Danny got back.

"You were too busy to be altogether unhappy," spake the wise Josie. "Being poor enough to have to make one's living is not so bad as it is cracked up to be. It was certainly a blessing in your case."

As we have said, Mary Louise danced into the shop. Then she breezed over and kissed the three friends in turn.

"It's sad no longer to be a partner here," she said, "but it is nice to be able to kiss all of you dear old girls... Continue reading book >>




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