The Corner House Girls Under Canvas
Excerpt: ... I view it that way myself. "Mr. Kendricks says he feels as if he was meant ter be a notice to 'em; ter be ready an' waitin' ter help people in a proper way; not to be boardin' of 'em 'round where they might git dyspepsia fastened on 'em through eatin' of unproper food." Agnes was giggling; but Ruth managed to get the talkative old lady back into the track she wanted her in. The Corner House girl expatiated upon how little trouble Rosa would be, and what a nice girl she was. "Well!" said Mrs. Bobster, "I might try her. You offer awful temptin' money, Miss. And poor Eddie allus said I'd do anything for money!" It had been fortunate for the deceased Mr. Bobster, as Ruth had learned, that his wife had been willing to earn money in any honest way; for Mr. Bobster himself seldom had done a day's work after his marriage to the brisk little woman. So the matter of Rosa Wildwood's board and lodging was arranged, and the Kenways went back to their boat. Evening was approaching, and with it dark clouds had rolled up from the horizon, threatening a bad night. Ruth and Agnes found a head wind to contend with when they pushed off the cedar boat. Ruth had learned to run the little motor propeller, and she started it at once. Otherwise they would have a hard time pulling up to Willowbend Camp. During the week there were few men at the tent colonies. On Saturdays and Sundays the husbands and fathers were present in force; but now there was not a handful of adult males in either the Enterprise or Willowbend encampments. The Corner House girls were helped ashore, however, and they hauled their boat clear up to the front of their tent. There was quite a swell on, and the waves ran far up the beach, hissing and spattering spray into the air. The wind swept this spray against the tents in gusts, like rain. But there was no rain-only wind. The black clouds threatened, but there was no downpour. There was no such thing as having a coal...
- 189 x 246 x 3mm | 113g
- 13 Sep 2013
- United States
- black & white illustrations