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While Caroline Was Growing   By: (1876-1961)

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WHILE CAROLINE WAS GROWING

BOOKS ABOUT CHILDREN BY JOSEPHINE DASKAM BACON

THE MADNESS OF PHILIP MEMOIRS OF A BABY BIOGRAPHY OF A BOY THE IMP AND THE ANGEL SISTER'S VOCATION TEN TO SEVENTEEN

THE MACMILLAN COMPANY NEW YORK · BOSTON · CHICAGO · SAN FRANCISCO

MACMILLAN & CO., LIMITED LONDON · BOMBAY · CALCUTTA · MELBOURNE

THE MACMILLAN CO. OF CANADA, LTD. TORONTO

WHILE CAROLINE WAS GROWING

BY

JOSEPHINE DASKAM BACON

ILLUSTRATED

NEW YORK THE MACMILLAN COMPANY 1911

All rights reserved

Copyright, 1906, by P. F. Collier & Son Copyright, 1907, by the S. S. McClure Co. Copyright, 1909, by the S. S. McClure Co., Benjamin B. Hampton, P. F. Collier & Son, and by the Phelps Publishing Company

Copyright, 1911, by The Macmillan Company

Set up and Electrotyped. Published March, 1911

Norwood Press: Berwick & Smith Co., Norwood, Mass., U.S.A.

To S. B. long Caroline's admirer, from J. D. B.

CONTENTS

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I. AN IDYL OF THE ROAD 1

II. A LITTLE VICTORY FOR THE GENERAL 38

III. THE PRIZE 77

IV. WHERE THIEVES BREAK IN 113

V. A PILLAR OF SOCIETY 158

VI. HIS FATHER'S HOUSE 202

VII. THE PRETENDERS 235

VIII. A WATCH IN THE NIGHT 269

IX. THE ENDS OF THE EARTH 297

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

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With a great sweep of her arm, she brushed aside a portière and disappeared. 66

"Sh! sh!" he whispered excitedly, "not a vordt! Not a vordt! Mein Gott! but it is marvellous." 74

"What are you doing here, little girl?" he demanded sternly. 118

Caroline danced, bowing and posturing in a bewitched abandon, around the tinkling, glistening fountain. 274

Across the court was a lighted room with a long French window, and in the center of this window there sat in a high, carved chair a very old woman. 282

Caroline was not a hundred yards away, sheltering under a heavy arbor vitæ, flat on her stomach. 299

WHILE CAROLINE WAS GROWING

I

AN IDYL OF THE ROAD

Caroline rocked herself back and forth from her waist, defying the uncompromisingly straight chair which inclosed her portly little person.

"Bounded 'n th' north by Mass'joosetts ; bounded 'n th' north by Mass'joosetts ; bounded 'n th' north by Mass'joosetts ," she intoned in a monotonous chant. But her eyes were not upon the map; like those of the gentleman in the poem, they were with her heart, and that was far away.

Out of the window the spring was coming on, in waves of tree bloom and bright grass; the birds bickered sweetly in the sun patches; everything was reaching on tiptoe for the delicious thrill of May and she was bounding Connecticut! It was idiotic. What was a knowledge of the uninteresting limits of her native State compared to that soft fresh wind on her cheek, that indescribable odor of brown earth?

Two fat birds descended with a twitter into a crystal rain pool, and bathed, with splashes of spray; Caroline's feet itched in her ribbed stockings. A soiled and freckled boy, bare from the knees, whistled by the window, jangling a can of bait, his pole balanced prettily on one ragged shoulder. As he reached the puddle, a pure inconsequence of good feeling seized him, and he splashed deliberately in it, grinning around him. Caroline mechanically bent and unbuttoned the top button of her stout boots... Continue reading book >>




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