The Corner House Girls on a Tour
Excerpt: ...enemies of the helpless, furry little animals lurking near, too-the weasel, the polecat, the ferret; even a red fox might have wandered that way and joined the bright-eyed company that kept watch and ward over two sleepy, sobbing children. But nothing harmful was near them and, finally, Tess and Dot Kenway slept as sweetly and as soundly as though they were in their own beds in the old Corner House in Milton. 132 CHAPTER XIII-THE GREEN AND ORANGE PETTICOAT Ruth and Agnes Kenway were in tears. Once before-when the Corner House girls were at Pleasant Cove-the two smaller sisters had been lost, and on that occasion circumstances seemed to blame Agnes. Now neither of the older girls was to blame for the absence of Tess and Dot. Mrs. Heard said so. But both Ruth and Agnes felt condemned. After searching the pasture and the patch of woodland beyond it, clear to the back road, Neale, disappointed, was inclined to scold Tom Jonah for not picking up the trail of the lost children. Tom Jonah, however, was not a hunting dog; his nose was not as keen as some breeds possess-especially now that he was old. But he showed almost as much anxiety as his human friends on this occasion. "Don't scold him, Neale," begged Agnes, sobbing. "He'd find Tess and Dot if he could-poor old fellow. See! he knows what I am saying." The dog whined and lay down, panting. Indeed, it did seem as though there was nothing more to do here. The children, whether they had wandered 133 away or had been carried off, certainly were not in the vicinity. "Two hours have been wasted," said Mrs. Heard; "although we did not know we were wasting them, of course. We had to do what we could toward finding the children near by. But now we must waste no more hours. We must get help." "Oh! what help?" cried Agnes. "We must run to the next town-Frog Hollow," said Neale, in an undertone"-and get the constable or sheriff or somebody. We must start a crowd with...
- 189 x 246 x 3mm | 118g
- 13 Sep 2013
- United States
- black & white illustrations