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[Illustration: Sometimes they were on the edge of such dizzy heights that Miss Campbell held her breath.]

THE MOTOR MAIDS ACROSS THE CONTINENT

BY

KATHERINE STOKES

AUTHOR OF "THE MOTOR MAIDS' SCHOOL DAYS," "THE MOTOR MAIDS BY PALM AND PINE," ETC.

NEW YORK HURST & COMPANY PUBLISHERS

Copyright, 1911, BY HURST & COMPANY

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE I. Westward Ho! 5 II. Peter 22 III. In Search of a Dinner 33 IV. The Three Wishes 48 V. An Incident of the Road 67 VI. Under the Stars 81 VII. Barney M'Gee 92 VIII. Cutting the Bonds 106 IX. The Girl from the Golden West 117 X. Steptoe Lodge 130 XI. The Hawkes Family 146 XII. Into the Wilderness 156 XIII. Hot Air Sue 168 XIV. On the Road Again 177 XV. In the Robbers' Nest 190 XVI. In the Rockies 206 XVII. Salt Lake City 218 XVIII. David and Goliath 229 XIX. A Day of Surprises 242 XX. The Elopement 258 XXI. A Meeting in the Desert 270 XXII. A Bit of Old Italy 280 XXIII. A Change of Heart 292 XXIV. San Francisco at Last 301

THE MOTOR MAIDS ACROSS THE CONTINENT

CHAPTER I. WESTWARD HO!

"At my age, too," began Miss Helen Campbell, leaning back in her seat and folding her hands with an expression of resignation.

"At your age, what, dear cousin?" demanded Wilhelmina Campbell, superintending the strapping on at the back of the car of five extra large suit cases and other paraphernalia for a long trip. "Why should not things happen at your age as well as at ours? But at your age, what?"

"At my age to turn emigrant," exclaimed the little lady. "At my age to become a gypsy vagabond. Oh, dear, oh, dear! What would grandpapa have said?"

"He would have been delighted, I am certain, Cousin Helen," answered her young relative, "since he was a soldier and a jolly old gentleman, too, papa has always said."

"But such an up to date gypsy vagabond emigrant, Miss Campbell," pursued Elinor Butler, "one who rides in a motor car and wears a silk traveling coat and a sky blue chiffon veil."

"And has four ladies in waiting," continued Nancy Brown.

"And hotels all along the route to sleep in instead of tents," finished Mary Price.

"Very true, my dears. I admit all you say; but now at the last moment, when we are about to start on this amazing journey, I cannot help thinking it is a wild adventure. But I shall be over it in a moment, I daresay. Have the machine cranked up, Billie. Do I use the correct word? and let us be off before my courage fails me altogether."

With a happy laugh, Billie jumped into her seat behind the wheel. The other girls were already in their accustomed places. One of the attendants from the hotel gave the crank a dexterous twist; there was a throbbing sound of machinery in action, and off shot the Comet like a spirited horse, eager to be on the road... Continue reading book >>




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