The Girls of Central High

The Girls of Central High

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Excerpt: ...for that purpose, you candidates. Wait until after supper." "Oh!" squealed one of the Lockwood twins. "A real ghost story?" "Just as real as any ghost story possibly can be," said Mary O'Rourke, laughing. "Gather around the fire, you infants. Never mind the smoke-it will keep away the mosquitoes. Here 106 come Jennie and Belle with the milk, and we can make the chocolate. The table is spread-and we've got to hurry so as to get our share away from the black ants." "Oh-o! Don't!" begged somebody. "Don't remind us of them. I feel them crawling all over me now!" "To say nothing of the spiders," laughed the wicked Mary. "Oo-h! That's the only trouble with picnics. Somebody ought to go ahead and sweep off the grass," declared Dorothy Lockwood. "That would surely be 'adorning nature'-'painting the lily'-and all that," laughed Mary. The shadows were creeping up from the valley. The electric lights flashed out all over the city and made a brilliant spectacle below them. The night wind rustled the trees and the whip-poor-will began his complaint from his pitch upon a dead branch. A bell began to toll at intervals from somewhere far up the hillside. Some wandering cow wore this bell, but it sounded ghostly. "Listen!" commanded Mary O'Rourke, standing beyond the fire where she could be seen and heard by all the candidates, at least, who were grouped in one place. "And especially you infants who this night appear before our solemn 107 body for initiation into its ancient rites and mysteries. Listen! "Before it grew dark we could all see right down there beyond the fording place in the brook, where the road crosses a ploughed field on the other side. Not a year ago, this farmer from whom Bell bought the milk, Mr. Sitz, was driving home just on the edge of the evening, with his son and his father-in-law, in a spring wagon. He drove a pair of young horses, and was giving them more

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  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236724976
  • 9781236724977