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Rosalind at Red Gate   By: (1866-1947)

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[Frontispiece: The carnival of canoes]

ROSALIND AT RED GATE

By

MEREDITH NICHOLSON

WITH ILLUSTRATIONS BY

ARTHUR I. KELLER

NEW YORK

GROSSET & DUNLAP

PUBLISHERS

COPYRIGHT 1907

THE BOBBS MERRILL COMPANY

NOVEMBER

TO MY MOTHER

Rosalind: I thought thy heart had been wounded with the claws of a lion.

Orlando: Wounded it is, but with the eyes of a lady.

As You Like It.

" Then dame Liones said unto Sir Gareth, Sir, I will lend you a ring; but I would pray you as ye love me heartily let me have it again when the tournament is done, for that ring increaseth my beauty much more than it is of itself. And the virtue of my ring is that that is green it will turn to red, and that is red it will turn in likeness to green, and that is blue it will turn to likeness of white, and that is white, it will turn in likeness to blue, and so it will do of all manner of colours. "

Morte D'Arthur.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER

I A Telegram from Paul Stoddard II Confidences III I Meet Mr. Reginald Gillespie IV I Explore Tippecanoe Creek V A Fight on a House Boat VI A Sunday's Mixed Affairs VII A Broken Oar VIII A Lady of Shadows and Starlight IX The Lights on St. Agatha's Pier X The Flutter of a Handkerchief XI The Carnival of Canoes XII The Melancholy of Mr. Gillespie XIII The Gate of Dreams XIV Battle Orchard XV I Undertake a Commission XVI An Odd Affair at Red Gate XVII How the Night Ended XVIII The Lady of the White Butterflies XIX Helen Takes Me to Task XX The Touch of Dishonor XXI A Blue Cloak and a Scarlet XXII Mr. Gillespie's Diversions XXIII The Rocket Signal XXIV "With My Hands" XXV Daybreak

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The carnival of canoes . . . . . . Frontispiece

"We must take no risks whatever, Helen."

Three white butterflies fluttered about her head.

"Where's your father, Rosalind?"

ROSALIND AT RED GATE

CHAPTER I

A TELEGRAM FROM PAUL STODDARD

Up, up, my heart! Up, up, my heart, This day was made for thee! For soon the hawthorn spray shall part, And thou a face shalt see That comes, O heart, O foolish heart, This way to gladden thee. H. C. Bunner .

Stoddard's telegram was brought to me on the Glenarm pier at four o'clock Tuesday afternoon, the fifth of June. I am thus explicit, for all the matters hereinafter described turn upon the receipt of Stoddard's message, which was, to be sure, harmless enough in itself, but, like many other scraps of paper that blow about the world, the forerunner of confusion and trouble.

My friend, Mr. John Glenarm, had gone abroad for the summer with his family and had turned over to me his house at Annandale that I might enjoy its seclusion and comfort while writing my book on Russian Rivers .

If John Glenarm had not taken his family abroad with him when he went to Turkey to give the sultan's engineers lessons in bridge building; if I had not accepted his kind offer of the house at Annandale for the summer; and if Paul Stoddard had not sent me that telegram, I should never have written this narrative. But such was the predestined way of it. I rose from the boat I was caulking, and, with the waves from the receding steamer slapping the pier, read this message:

STAMFORD, Conn., June 5.

Meet Miss Patricia Holbrook Annandale station, five twenty Chicago express and conduct her to St. Agatha's school, where she is expected. She will explain difficulties. I have assured her of your sympathy and aid. Will join you later if necessary. Imperative engagements call me elsewhere.

STODDARD.

To say that I was angry when I read this message is to belittle the truth. I read and re read it with growing heat. I had accepted Glenarm's offer of the house at Annandale because it promised peace, and now I was ordered by telegraph to meet a strange person of whom I had never heard, listen to her story, and tender my sympathy and aid... Continue reading book >>




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