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The Youngest Girl in the School   By: (1869-1955)

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Author of 'The Making of a Schoolgirl,' 'Wymps,' Etc.

With Illustrations by C. E. Brock

New York The Macmillan Company London: Macmillan & Co., Ltd. 1906 All rights reserved

Copyright, 1901, By the Macmillan Company.

Set up and electrotyped September, 1901. Reprinted January, 1902.

New edition September, 1906.

Norwood Press J. S. Cushing & Co. Berwick & Smith Norwood Mass. U.S.A.




Page 'May I may I have all that?' 27

'Look here, Babs,' she began, smoothing the mop of tangled hair 45

'What in the name of wonder are you children doing down there?' 99

Five heads suddenly appeared at the open window 108

'Dear me!' he said, slightly taken aback 175

'Hullo!' said Jean. 'What's the matter?' 184

'Tell me, Herr Doktor' 261

'So he got Jill' 310



'It's no good,' sighed Barbara, looking disconsolately round the room; 'we shall never get straight in time. Don't you think we had better leave it, and let Auntie Anna see us as we really are? She will only be disappointed afterwards, if we begin by being tidy; and I don't like disappointing people, do you?'

There was a shout of laughter when she finished speaking, and Barbara frowned. She never knew why the boys laughed at her when she tried to explain her reasons for doing things, but they always did.

'Is that why you have put on your very shortest frock?' asked Wilfred, who was brewing something in a saucepan over the fire. 'I believe you think that if Auntie Anna saw you for the first time in your Sunday frock, she might suppose you were a nice, proper little girl, instead of '

Barbara seized the sofa cushion and aimed it at him threateningly. 'Instead of what?' she demanded.

Wilfred was at a disadvantage, owing to his position as well as to the precious quality of the liquid in the saucepan; and he felt it wiser to make terms. 'Well,' he observed, 'you might at least have put on a longer frock for the credit of the family; now, mightn't you?'

Barbara looked down at her blue serge skirt, edged with certain rows of white braid that only made it look shorter; and she gave it a pull to make it fall a little lower over the slim black legs that appeared beneath it. 'It's not my fault that I have just come from a gymnastic class,' she protested. 'Besides, my Sunday frock is only two inches longer! What difference does two inches make, even if we have got an aunt coming? You're so particular, Wilfred.'

'Stick to your chemicals, Will, and leave the Babe alone,' growled Egbert, who was trying to read a novel on the sofa and found the conversation disturbing.

It was not often that the eldest of the family troubled himself about the disputes of the others, and Barbara was encouraged to go on. 'Besides,' she added, 'there isn't time to change now. Auntie Anna will arrive directly; and who is going to tidy up the schoolroom if I don't?'

Certainly, no one responded to her appeal. Egbert and Wilfred became suddenly and suspiciously interested in what they were doing, while the two other boys, who were seated on the edge of the table, continued to swing their legs lazily backwards and forwards without making an effort to help her. Barbara turned upon them reproachfully.

'It is perfectly horrible of you to sit there laughing, when a strange aunt and a strange daughter may be here at any minute!' she declared. 'I think you might do something, Peter.'

'Not much!' laughed Peter, a tall, broad shouldered fellow of fifteen or so... Continue reading book >>

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