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[Illustration: "You will simply be an outcast in West Haven, and I advise you to think the matter over."]




Copyright, 1911, BY HURST & COMPANY


CHAPTER PAGE I. "The Comet" 5 II. Friends in Need 24 III. The Musicians of Bremen 41 IV. Plots and Plans 52 V. The First Motor Picnic 63 VI. The Box of Troubles 81 VII. The Fire 95 VIII. Nancy's Home 110 IX. At the Sign of the Blue Tea Pot 128 X. Rumors at School 136 XI. Seven League Island 147 XII. The Storm 166 XIII. Wheels Within Wheels 179 XIV. The Hallowe'en House Party 193 XV. The Ghost Party 206 XVI. A Stray Ghost 217 XVII. Mrs. Ruggles 228 XVIII. Fannie Alta 241 XIX. Mary Before Her Judges 253 XX. Miss Campbell Wears Black 262 XXI. The Missing Link 271 XXII. The Refugees 280 XXIII. Belle's Confession 291 XXIV. Out of the Mists 303



"Girls, in about ten minutes you're going to have the surprise of your lives," cried Nancy Brown, joining a group of her friends at the High School gate.

"What is it, Nancy? Do tell us, please," cried half a dozen voices at once.

"No, you must wait," answered Nancy. "If I told you what it was, I wouldn't enjoy seeing your faces when the thing happened."

"Nancy, you have always got some mystery on foot," put in her most intimate friend, Elinor Butler. "Is this one animal, vegetable, or mineral?"

"Fine or superfine?"

"Can it speak?"

"Is it as large as a house?"

"Don't all talk at once," exclaimed Nancy. "I'll tell you this much. It's animal and it's superfine. And" she wrinkled her brows "and it's mineral, too, I suppose."

"Superfine? At least it's a woman, then?" cried all the girls in a chorus.

"Yes," laughed Nancy, who loved nothing better than to excite the curiosity of her friends to the utmost and then launch a genuine sensation into their midst.

"Does the superfine animal wear the mineral?" demanded Elinor.

"No, she doesn't wear it. She's in it."

"In it? How strange," exclaimed another girl. "Perhaps it's a lady oyster in her shell."

"There's no surprise in an oyster unless there's a pearl in it, goosey," teased Nancy. "But here it comes! Here it comes!" she cried, clapping her hands joyfully, while six pairs of eyes peered curiously down the street, which, by gentle degrees, became a country road. The trim sidewalks of the little seaport town of West Haven became grassy paths and the pretty lawns broadened into flat green meadows.

Far down the road a brilliant red object could be seen approaching. It was enveloped in a cloud of dust and it moved with great rapidity.

"Why, it's nothing but a red automobile," cried Elinor, in disappointment... Continue reading book >>

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