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Outside Inn   By: (1878-)

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OUTSIDE INN

[Illustration: "If if you've made a woman really care"]

OUTSIDE INN

By

ETHEL M. KELLEY

Author of

Over Here, Turn About Eleanor, Etc.

With Frontispiece by

W. B. KING

INDIANAPOLIS

THE BOBBS MERRILL COMPANY

PUBLISHERS

Copyright 1920

The Bobbs Merrill Company

Printed in the United States of America

PRESS OF BRAUNWORTH & CO.

BOOK MANUFACTURERS

BROOKLYN, N. Y.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE I A GOOD LITTLE DREAM 1 II APPLICANTS FOR BLUE CHAMBRAY 19 III INAUGURATION 33 IV CINDERELLA 49 V SCIENCE 69 VI AN ELEEMOSYNARY INSTITUTION 84 VII CAVE MAN STUFF 93 VIII SCIENCE APPLIED 113 IX SHEILA 134 X THE PORTRAIT 151 XI BILLY AND CAROLINE 166 XII MORE CAVE MAN STUFF 180 XIII THE HAPPIEST DAY 198 XIV BETTY 209 XV CLOUDS OF GLORY 220 XVI CHRISTMAS SHOPPING 236 XVII GOOD BY 248 XVIII TAME SKELETONS 259 XIX OTHER PEOPLE'S TROUBLES 271 XX HITTY 288 XXI LOHENGRIN AND WHITE SATIN 299

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CHAPTER I

A GOOD LITTLE DREAM

"I Elijah Peebles Martin, of the city and county of Harrison, in the state of Rhode Island, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, do make and declare the following, as and for, my last will and testament.' ... I wish you'd take your head out of that barrel, Nancy, and listen to the document that is going to make you rich beyond the dreams of avarice."

"I was beyond them anyway." The young woman in blue serge made one last effectual dive into the depths of excelsior, the topmost billows of which were surging untidily over the edge of a big crate in the middle of the basement floor, and secured a nest of blue and rose colored teacups, which she proceeded to unwrap lovingly and display on a convenient packing box. "Not one single thing broken in this whole lot, Billy.... What is a disposing mind and memory, anyhow?"

"You don't deserve to know," the blond young man in the Norfolk jacket assured her, adjusting himself more firmly to the idiosyncrasies of the rackety step ladder he was striding. "You're not human about this. Here you are suddenly in possession of a fortune. Money enough to make you independently wealthy for the rest of your life money you didn't know the existence of, two weeks ago fed to you by a gratuitous providence. A legacy is a legacy, and deserves to be treated as such, and I propose to see that it gets what it deserves, without any more shilly shallying."

"I'm a busy woman," Nancy groaned, "and I've hammered my finger to a pulp, trying to open this crate, while you perch on a broken step ladder and prate to me of legacies. The saucers to these cups may be in here, and I can't wait to find out. I'm perfectly crazy about this ware. It's English Wedgewood, you know."

"I didn't know." Billy resignedly let himself to the floor, and appropriated the screwdriver. "I thought Wedgewood was dove color, and consisted chiefly of ladies in deshabille, doing the tango on a parlor ornament. I smashed one in my youth, so I know... Continue reading book >>




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