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

Vacation with the Tucker Twins by Nell Speed

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VACATION WITH THE TUCKER TWINS

by

NELL SPEED

Author of "At Boarding School with the Tucker Twins," "The Molly Brown Series," etc.

With Four Half Tone Illustrations by Arthur O. Scott

New York Hurst & Company Publishers

Copyright, 1916, by Hurst & Company

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE I. THE BEACH 5 II. "SLEEPY" 18 III. OUR FIRST NIGHT AT THE BEACH 28 IV. BUBBLES 36 V. BLANCHE 45 VI. A ROMANCE 57 VII. OH, YOU CHAPERONE! 67 VIII. LETTERS 83 IX. THE START 91 X. THE FINISH 102 XI. CAPE HENRY 111 XII. FRECKLES AND TAN 126 XIII. THE TURKEY TAIL FAN 134 XIV. A LETTER AND ITS ANSWER 150 XV. THE JUDGE 158 XVI. AN AXE TO GRIND 175 XVII. MR. ARTHUR PONSONBY PORE 187 XVIII. THE MACHINATIONS OF MABEL 198 XIX. THE WEDDING 205 XX. THE AFTER MATH 225 XXI. SETTLING UP 241 XXII. GOOD BYE TO THE BEACH 261 XXIII. UNTIL NEXT TIME 268 XXIV. A BREAD AND BUTTER LETTER 282 XXV. BRACKEN IN AUGUST 285 XXVI. THE PICNIC 298

ILLUSTRATIONS

PAGE Annie Pore has bloomed forth into a regular English rose Frontispiece

A tousled head emerged and then a hot, fat, red face 19

Peeping in, we saw the game in full swing 145

"Why don't you speak up, girl?" 255

Vacation with the Tucker Twins.

CHAPTER I.

THE BEACH.

My first impression of Willoughby Beach gave me keen disappointment. It was so sandy, so flat, and so absolutely shadeless. I longed for the green hills far away and in my heart felt I could not stand a month of the lonesome stretches of sand and the pitiless glare of the summer sun. It took great self control and some histrionic ability for me to conceal my emotions from my enthusiastic hostesses.

The Tuckers had been coming to Willoughby for years and loved every grain of sand on the beach. They could hardly wait for the trolley from Norfolk to stop before they jumped out and raced down to the water's edge just to dabble their hands in the ocean.

"My gracious me! How I hate to grow up!" exclaimed Dum. "One year ago I would have had off my shoes and been in bliss by this time."

"Well, maybe you are too grown up to wade, but I'm not," declared Dee. "However, since Zebedee has trusted us to come down and open up the cottage, I fancy we had better go do it and get things ready for our guests."

We three girls were the fore runners of the famous beach house party that Mr. Jeffry Tucker, father of the "Heavenly Twins," had promised to give us the winter before as reward of merit if we passed all of our exams at Gresham and got through the year without any very serious mishaps. Mishaps we had had in abundance, but not very serious ones, as all of us were alive to tell the tale; and Mr. Tucker, with his eternally youthful outlook on life, seemed to feel that a scrape that turned out all right was not such a terrible matter after all.

"Just so you can look me in the eye while you are telling me your troubles, it's all right," I have heard him say to his daughters.

The cottage proved to be very attractive. The lower floor was chiefly a large living room with French windows that opened upon three deep, shady verandas... Continue reading book >>




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