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Molly Brown's Orchard Home   By: (1878-1913)

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Author of "The Tucker Twins Series," "The Carter Girls Series," etc.

A. L. Burt Company Publishers New York Printed in U. S. A. Copyright, 1915, by Hurst & Company Printed in U. S. A.

[Illustration: Jo proved to be a singularly tactful hostess.]



I. Letters

II. Bon Voyage

III. The Deep Sea

IV. What Molly Overheard

V. Paris

VI. La Marquise

VII. The Faubourg

VIII. The Opera

IX. The Postscript

X. Bohemia

XI. A Studio Tea in the Latin Quarter

XII. The Green eyed Monster

XIII. A Julia Kean Scrape

XIV. Coals of Fire

XV. Mr. Kinsella's Indian Summer

XVI. Apple Blossom Time in Normandy

XVII. The Ghost in the Chapel

XVIII. The Prescription

XIX. Fontainebleau and What Came of It

XX. More Letters

XXI. Molly Brown's Orchard Home

Molly Brown's Orchard Home.



From Miss Molly Brown of Kentucky to Miss Nance Oldham of Vermont.

Chatsworth, Kentucky.

My dearest Nance:

Our passage to Antwerp is really engaged and in two weeks Mother and I will be on the water. I can hardly believe it is I, Molly Brown, about to have this "great adventure." That is what Mother and I call this undertaking: "Our great adventure." Mother says it sounds Henry Jamesy and I take her word for it (so far I have not read that novelist), but he must be very interesting, as Mother and Professor Green used to discuss him for hours at a time.

Our going is not quite so happy as we meant it to be. Kent can't come with us as we had planned, but will have to stay in Louisville for some months, and may not be able to leave at all this winter. There is some complication of our affairs, that makes it best for him to be on hand until the matter is settled. I remember how interested you were in the fact that oil was found on my mother's land and that she expected to realize an independent income from the sale of the land, also pay off the mortgage on Chatsworth, our beloved home. Don't be too uneasy, the oil is there all right enough and we shall finally get the money, but the arrangement was: so much down and the rest when the wells should begin operation.

The first payment Mother used immediately to pay the mortgage, but the second payment has not been made yet, as Mother's sister, Aunt Clay, living on the adjoining place, has got out an injunction against the Oil Trust as a public nuisance, and all work in the oil land has had to be stopped for the time being. The lawyer for the Trust told my brother, Paul, that Aunt Clay has not a leg to stand on, but of course the law has to take its leisurely course, and in the meantime the money for Mother is not forthcoming until the wells are in operation. Aunt Clay is in her element, making everyone as uncomfortable as possible and engaged in a foolish lawsuit. She is always going to law about something and always losing. We are devoutly thankful that her suit is with the Trust and not our Mother, as we know that Mother is so constituted she could not stand up against a member of her family in a lawsuit. I truly believe she would let Aunt Clay take the oil lands and all the rest of Chatsworth, rather than have a row over it.

This property, where the oil was found, was given to Mother by Aunt Clay when she settled up Grandfather Carmichael's estate. Of course she considered the property of no value or she would never have let it out of her clutches, and as executrix and administratrix of the estate she had absolute power. Now that she sees it is worth more than all the rest put together, she is in such a rage with Mother that it is really absurd. She does not want us to go to Paris and is furious at the idea of Kent's "stopping work," as she calls it... Continue reading book >>

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