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[Illustration: "OH, LOOK AT THIS AND THIS!"]

PATCHWORK

A STORY OF

"THE PLAIN PEOPLE"

By ANNA BALMER MYERS

[Illustration]

WITH FRONTISPIECE IN COLOR BY HELEN MASON GROSE

A. L. BURT COMPANY Publishers New York

Published by arrangement with George W. Jacobs & Company

Copyright, 1920, by GEORGE W. JACOBS & COMPANY

All rights reserved Printed in U.S.A.

To my Mother and Father this book is lovingly inscribed

Contents

CHAPTER PAGE

I. CALICO PATCHWORK 13

II. OLD AARON'S FLAG 29

III. LITTLE DUTCHIE 40

IV. THE NEW TEACHER 52

V. THE HEART OF A CHILD 70

VI. THE PRIMA DONNA OF THE ATTIC 92

VII. "WHERE THE BROOK AND RIVER MEET" 110

VIII. BEYOND THE ALPS LIES ITALY 119

IX. A VISIT TO MOTHER BAB 129

X. AN OLD FASHIONED COUNTRY SALE 146

XI. "THE BRIGHT LEXICON OF YOUTH" 166

XII. THE PREACHER'S WOOING 176

XIII. THE SCARLET TANAGER 189

XIV. ALADDIN'S LAMP 203

XV. THE FLEDGLING'S FLIGHT 207

XVI. PHOEBE'S DIARY 212

XVII. DIARY THE NEW HOME 221

XVIII. DIARY THE MUSIC MASTER 226

XIX. DIARY THE FIRST LESSON 229

XX. DIARY SEEING THE CITY 235

XXI. DIARY CHRYSALIS 240

XXII. DIARY TRANSFORMATION 245

XXIII. DIARY PLAIN FOR A NIGHT 251

XXIV. DIARY DECLARATIONS 256

XXV. DIARY "THE LINK MUST BREAK AND THE LAMP MUST DIE" 261

XXVI. "HAME'S BEST" 268

XXVII. TRAILING ARBUTUS 271

XXVIII. MOTHER BAB AND HER SON 284

XXIX. PREPARATIONS 291

XXX. THE FEAST OF ROSES 295

XXXI. BLINDNESS 303

XXXII. OFF TO THE NAVY 310

XXXIII. THE ONE CHANCE 315

XXXIV. BUSY DAYS 319

XXXV. DAVID'S SHARE 327

XXXVI. DAVID'S RETURN 331

XXXVII. "A LOVE THAT LIFE COULD NEVER TIRE" 335

Patchwork

CHAPTER I

CALICO PATCHWORK

THE gorgeous sunshine of a perfect June morning invited to the great outdoors. Exquisite perfume from myriad blossoms tempted lovers of nature to get away from cramped, man made buildings, out under the blue roof of heaven, and revel in the lavish splendor of the day.

This call of the Junetide came loudly and insistently to a little girl as she sat in the sitting room of a prosperous farmhouse in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and sewed gaily colored pieces of red and green calico into patchwork.

"Ach, my!" she sighed, with all the dreariness which a ten year old is capable of feeling, "why must I patch when it's so nice out? I just ain't goin' to sew no more to day!"

She rose, folded her work and laid it in her plaited rush sewing basket. Then she stood for a moment, irresolute, and listened to the sounds issuing from the next room. She could hear her Aunt Maria bustle about the big kitchen... Continue reading book >>




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