The Meadow-Brook Girls Across Country
Excerpt: ... walk, I tell you." "We aren't like girls, who have to stop and rest every half mile or so," declared Will Burgess. "And get stuck in the mud," laughed Fred Avery. "That'll be about all, boys," reproved Captain Baker, frowning. "I told you these boys were full of mischief. But you mustn't mind them," he added apologetically. "Oh, we don't mind them at all," smiled Harriet. "When are you going to start out again?" "Not until some time to-morrow morning," 128 answered Miss Elting. "We are all a little lame and tired to-day." The captain nodded gravely. "Yes; girls can't stand as much as boys when it comes to hard work like a week or so of walking," he said with an air of conviction. "Yeth they can," resented Tommy. "Girlth can walk jutht ath far in a day ath boyth can." "You've got to show us before we can believe that," declared Davy. "Very well; we will show you," answered Harriet quietly. "Name your conditions." "Do you mean it?" questioned George. "Of course I mean it." "You're plucky, all right," he said regarding her admiringly. "But I don't like to have a contest with girls." "Why not? Are you afraid of them?" demanded Margery. The boy flushed. "No, ma'am. It isn't manly, that's all." "You mean it wouldn't be manly to be beaten by girls, eh?" suggested Harriet. "Well, yes, I suppose that's what I mean." "Oh, very well. If you wish to back out, why, of course--" "Back out? I guess not!" exclaimed Sam. "We'll walk your heads off, if you say the word." 129 "Oh, mercy, no," protested Harriet, laughingly. "I hope you will not do anything so terrible as that. You haven't said what the conditions are to be. We must have some rules if we are to have a hiking contest. They have rules even in a walking contest, I understand." Captain Baker pondered a moment. "I don't know about rules. I think it will have to...
- 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
- 13 Sep 2013
- United States
- black & white illustrations