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The Ranch Girls in Europe   By: (1876-)

The Ranch Girls in Europe by Margaret Vandercook

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[Illustration: "JACK, DON'T YOU KNOW ME?"]

THE RANCH GIRLS SERIES

The Ranch Girls In Europe

BY

MARGARET VANDERCOOK

ILLUSTRATED BY MARY PEMBERTON GINTHER

THE JOHN C. WINSTON COMPANY PHILADELPHIA

Copyright, 1914, by THE JOHN C. WINSTON COMPANY

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE I. BIRDS OF PASSAGE 9 II. SALVE! 25 III. NEW ACQUAINTANCES 35 IV. THINGS PRESENT AND THINGS TO COME 44 V. A SOLDIER OF FORTUNE 54 VI. RUTH'S ATTITUDE 63 VII. GIBRALTAR 73 VIII. A MORE IMPORTANT OBLIGATION 82 IX. REFLECTIONS 94 X. ITALIAN VIOLETS 105 XI. FONTANONE DELL' ACQUA FELICE 115 XII. AFTERNOON TEA 122 XIII. JACK 131 XIV. THE PRINCESS' MYTHOLOGICAL BALL 143 XV. A SURPRISE 156 XVI. LEAVING ROME 167 XVII. THE OVERSEER OF THE RAINBOW RANCH 182 XVIII. RELIEF OR REGRET? 192 XIX. RECONCILIATIONS 200 XX. AN ENGLISH COUNTRY PLACE 209 XXI. MIDNIGHT CONFIDENCES 217 XXII. OLIVE'S ANSWER 226 XXIII. THE WEDDING DAY 234

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

"JACK, DON'T YOU KNOW ME?" Frontispiece PAGE HER TONE WAS THAT OF ABSOLUTE AUTHORITY 19 "DON'T BE FUNNY, DICK; I'M LOST AGAIN" 119 RUTH STARTED UP THE AISLE ON LORD KENT'S ARM 236

The Ranch Girls in Europe

CHAPTER I

BIRDS OF PASSAGE

"IT seems incredible, girls, but I simply can't find her."

The young woman who made this remark was standing on the deck of an out going ocean steamer. The great boat was ploughing its way through the Ambrose channel, leaving the long nose of Sandy Hook a thin line of white on one side. Fading away into the background like dim gray ghosts were the giant towers of New York City. The speaker was wearing a long, gray traveling coat with a blue lining, and a felt hat of the same colors rested close against her ash brown hair.

Immediately three girls turned to face her. The minute before they had been leaning against the ship's railing. One of them revealed a suspicion of tears in her curiously dark eyes; the second had her lips shut unnecessarily tight to hide her emotion; while the third showed only rejoicing.

"Dear me, Ruth Drew," this girl now began in mock tragic tones, "you don't suppose that our infant has fallen overboard already, do you? Or do you suspect some one of having run away with her? At this present moment I presume that Frieda Ralston is in our stateroom. But it is possible that she is engaged in making the acquaintance of some one on shipboard whom she has decided she is crazy to know. The most probable supposition, however, is that she is trying to persuade a steward to give her something to eat. For over an hour ago she informed me that she was starving to death and wished to open one of her boxes of candy before leaving the New York pier. She is sure to turn up in a moment or so. Do please stay here with us and help Jack and Olive mourn. They are shedding tears over having to say farewell to the 'Stars and Stripes,' and incidentally to our best beloved friends. But I can't even show a polite amount of emotion I am so happy over starting off on our trip at last."

Here Jean Bruce, one of the four Ranch girls from the Rainbow Lodge, abruptly ceased talking. She had been noticing for the past few minutes that a stranger had been listening to her conversation with a kind of well bred amusement... Continue reading book >>




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