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Tripping with the Tucker Twins   By: (1878-1913)

Tripping with the Tucker Twins by Nell Speed

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[Illustration: The room we girls were to occupy was a great square chamber with a large window looking on a cobbled street.

( Frontis ) ( Tripping with the Tucker Twins )]

TRIPPING WITH THE TUCKER TWINS

BY NELL SPEED

AUTHOR OF "The Molly Brown Series," "The Carter Girls Series," etc.

[Illustration]

A. L. BURT COMPANY Publishers New York Printed in U. S. A.

Copyright, 1919, BY HURST & COMPANY, INC.

MADE IN U. S. A.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE I. ASSETS AND LIABILITIES 5 II. EARNING A LIVING 24 III. A TEMPEST IN A TEAPOT 38 IV. WHAT ZEBEDEE SAID 48 V. A TRIP TO CHARLESTON 64 VI. THROUGH THE GRILLE 82 VII. THE ABANDONED HOTEL 98 VIII. TUCKER TACT 111 IX. CHURCHYARDS 124 X. THE HEAVENLY VISION 143 XI. THE GUITAR 161 XII. MORAL COURAGE 172 XIII. ENGAGING BOARD 189 XIV. THE CLERK OF THE COUNCIL 206 XV. WHO WON THE BET? 215 XVI. LETTERS 231 XVII. MISS ARABELLA 244 XVIII. A CHANCE FOR LOUIS 261 XIX. A RED, RED ROSE 280 XX. MORE LETTERS 287 XXI. THE SUMMING UP 300

Tripping with the Tucker Twins

CHAPTER I

ASSETS AND LIABILITIES

After our boarding school burned on that memorable night in March, it seemed foolish to start to school again so late in the season; at least it seemed so to the Tucker twins and me. Their father and mine were rather inclined to think we had better enter some institute of learning in Richmond or take extra classes, do something besides loaf; but we earnestly pleaded to be let off for the rest of the year, and they succumbed to our entreaties.

My ankle gave me a good deal of trouble. You remember, no doubt, how I sprained it getting out of the second story window when the false alarm of fire rang, the afternoon before the real bona fide fire. Dee's first aid to the injured was all very well for the time being, but when we arrived in Richmond a surgeon had to be called to attend to it, and the ankle was put in plaster.

"A sprain can be much more serious than a break," the surgeon said solemnly as he looked at the much swollen foot and ankle. "I shall have to take an X ray of this to be sure no bones are broken, and then, young lady, you will have to be quiet for some days, how many I can't yet tell."

Never having been disabled in my life, I had no idea how irksome it could become. On no account to put your foot to the ground and to feel perfectly well is about as hard a job as could be given me, an active country girl. Father came up from Milton and heartily agreed with the surgeon in charge.

"I have set a carload of broken legs in my time and bandaged a wagonful of ankles, and I am sure I have had less trouble from the legs than the ankles. It is because, as a rule, a sprain is not treated seriously enough. Now, honey, you have got to sit still and take it."

I sat still all right, although it nearly killed me to do it. Not even crutches were allowed for a week for fear I might be tempted to bear my weight on the offending member.

The Tuckers, father and twins, were goodness itself to me. I was afraid to express a wish, because no matter how preposterous it was they would immediately rush off and try to get whatever silly thing I had in a careless moment expressed a desire for... Continue reading book >>




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