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Rita   By: (1850-1943)

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RITA

BOOKS FOR GIRLS By Laura E. Richards

The MARGARET SERIES

Three Margarets Margaret Montfort Peggy Rita Fernley House

The HILDEGARDE SERIES

Queen Hildegarde Hildegarde's Holiday Hildegarde's Home Hildegarde's Neighbors Hildegarde's Harvest

DANA ESTES & COMPANY Publishers Estes Press, Summer St., Boston

[Illustration: "RITA MONTFORT DREW HER DAGGER AND WAITED."]

RITA

BY

LAURA E. RICHARDS

AUTHOR OF

"PEGGY," "MARGARET MONTFORT," "THREE MARGARETS," ETC.

Illustrated by ETHELDRED B. BARRY

[Illustration]

BOSTON DANA ESTES & COMPANY PUBLISHERS

Copyright, 1900 BY DANA ESTES& COMPANY

Colonial Press Electrotyped and Printed by C. H. Simonds & Co. Boston, Mass., U.S.A.

TO

FIVE GIRLS I KNOW

IN THE TOWN OF SAINT JO

If this story should seem extravagant to any of my readers, I can only refer them to some one of the many published accounts of the Spanish American War. They will find that many delicate and tenderly nurtured girls were forced to endure dangers and privations compared to which Rita's adventures seem like child's play.

L. E. R.

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER PAGE I. THREATENING WEATHER 11 II. THE STORM BURSTS 23 III. ON THE WAY 33 IV. THE CAMP AMONG THE HILLS 54 V. TO MARGARET 77 VI. IN THE NIGHT 93 VII. CAMP SCENE 110 VIII. THE PACIFICOS 130 IX. IN HIDING 142 X. MANUELA'S OPPORTUNITY 163 XI. CAPTAIN JACK 176 XII. FOR LIFE 190 XIII. MEETINGS AND GREETINGS 200 XIV. ANOTHER CAMP 216 XV. A FOREGONE CONCLUSION 233

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS.

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"RITA MONTFORT DREW HER DAGGER AND WAITED" Frontispiece

IN THE GARDEN 21

"THE FAMISHED CHILD LOOKED FROM THE BISCUIT TO THE GLOWING FACE" 43

"'HUSH!' SAID THE YOUNG GIRL. 'SIT STILL'" 104

"'WAS SUCH A HAT EVER SEEN IN PARIS?'" 147

"'I THROW OPEN THE DOOR AND STEP BACK, MY HEART IN MY MOUTH'" 172

"NOW AGAIN IT WAS A RIDE FOR LIFE" 205

"THE PATIENTS IDOLISE HER" 237

RITA.

CHAPTER I.

THREATENING WEATHER.

TO SEÑOR,

Señor the illustrious Don John Montfort.

Honoured Señor and Brother: There are several months that I wrote to inform you of the deeply deplored death of my lamented husband, Señor Don Richard Montfort. Your letter of condolation and advice was balm poured upon my bleeding wounds, received before yesterday at the hands of my banker, Don Miguel Pietoso. You are the brother of my adored husband, your words are as if spoken from his casket. You tell me, stay at home, remain in quietness, till these alarms of war are over. Alas! respectable señor, to accomplish this? Havana is since the shocking affair of the Maine in uproar; on each side are threats, are cries, "Death to the Americanos!" My bewept angel, Don Richard, was in his heart Spanish, by birth American; I see brows black upon me me, a Castilian! when I go from my house. Already they speak of to burn the houses of wealthy Americans, to drive forth those dwelling in... Continue reading book >>




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