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The Triumph of Virginia Dale   By: (1875-)

The Triumph of Virginia Dale by John Francis

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[Illustration: VIRGINIA DALE ]

THE TRIUMPH OF VIRGINIA DALE

BY JOHN FRANCIS, JR.

WITH A FRONTISPIECE IN FULL COLOR

FROM A PAINTING BY W. HASKELL COFFIN

AND OTHER ILLUSTRATIONS FROM DRAWINGS

BY JOHN GOSS

BOSTON

THE PAGE COMPANY

MDCCCCXXI

Copyright, 1921

By The Page Company

All rights reserved

Entered at Stationers' Hall, London

First Impression, August, 1921

THE COLONIAL PRESS

C. H. SIMONDS CO., BOSTON, U. S. A.

DEDICATED

TO THE MEMORY OF

MY FATHER AND MOTHER

CONTENTS

Chapter Page I HER MISSION IN LIFE 1 II THE MISSION BEGUN 17 III UNGIVEN ADVICE 29 IV THOSE DARKIES AGAIN 37 V ACCIDENTS WILL HAPPEN 45 VI IKE EXPLAINS 59 VII JOE PROVES INTERESTING 74 VIII ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY 97 IX HEZEKIAH HAS A SOLUTION 118 X AN AFTERNOON OFF 143 XI OLD HEARTS MADE YOUNG 161 XII MORE TROUBLE 183 XIII VIRGINIA HELPS AGAIN 195 XIV AN OUTING AND AN ACCIDENT 209 XV A MAN IN DISGRACE 236 XVI VIRGINIA MUST GO 262 XVII A FRIEND IN NEED 276 XVIII AUNT KATE LENDS A HAND 292 XIX OBADIAH "COMES TO" 308 XX HIS JOURNEY'S END 330 XXI THE TRIUMPH 339 XXII NOBODY HOME, MR. DEVIL 353

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

Virginia Dale (in full color) Frontispiece "This request appeared to require deep thought" 155 "'I must choose between your way and the way of my Mother'" 251 "'I think that I shall love it,' she said softly" 261 "'You are my sweetheart,' the brazen Helen told him" 297

THE TRIUMPH OF VIRGINIA DALE

CHAPTER I

HER MISSION IN LIFE

Obadiah Dale was the richest man in South Ridgefield. He owned the great textile mill down by the river where hundreds of people were employed and which hummed and clattered from morning until night to add to his wealth. He lived in a fine house. About it, broad lawns, shaded by ancient elms and dotted with groups of shrubbery, formed a verdant setting for the walls and massive porch pillars spotless in white paint.

Obadiah's only child was Virginia. She was a charming bit of girlhood with a complexion so clear that it seemed pale in contrast to the black hair and the clearly lined brows which arched those big, serious, blue eyes.

On an afternoon in early June she was reading on the couch which swung from the lofty ceiling of the porch when she became aware that some one was coming up the walk from the gate. She arose and her face lighted with happiness as she ran down the steps to greet a smartly dressed woman of middle age. "Oh, Hennie dear," she cried, "I am so glad that you've come."

The older woman laughed gaily as she caught the girl in her arms, "You know I couldn't forget your birthday, Virginia."

"No, you wouldn't do that, Hennie. You don't come often," the girl sighed, "but you always remember that."

Mrs. Henderson kissed her little hostess. Always had her big heart gone out to this motherless maid. Long ago she had been the intimate friend of Virginia's mother... Continue reading book >>




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