The Triumph of Virginia Dale

The Triumph of Virginia Dale

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Excerpt: ...gates of the Home rushes the fire department of South Ridgefield. With awe inspiring roar and mighty clangor of bells the engines advance, reflecting gorgeously in the afternoon sun. Taxpayers must have thrilled with pride as they remarked the speed of approach and energy with which these public servants entered upon their duties. Even as they halt, powerful pumps sound, ready to deluge the edifice with water while enthusiastic men with axes rush into the halls and upon the roof, prepared to hew. "Where is the fire?" demanded the chief in a voice of authority. Silently, Mrs. Bean led him to the blackened leaves. 179 "Who turned in that alarm?" he asked with great sternness. "I did," calmly replied the widow of three. For a moment he looked down into the wrinkled face filled with the pride and satisfaction of duty well done. He raised his helmet and scratched his head. "The whole department out for a bonfire," he grumbled. Virginia came and smiled timidly at this burly man. "I am sorry that you have been given all of this trouble," she said. "I have arranged to serve refreshments to your men, if you don't object." When his little hostess left him, the grim old fire fighter stood at the head of the steps and gazed at the waiters ministering with energy to the voracious appetites of his men. "Huh," he chuckled, "looks like that blame bonfire cooked up a pretty good feed for my boys." The concert ended and the musicians awaited, in a group, the truck which was to take them back to the Soldiers' Home. Colonel Ryan went to speak to the leader. As he turned to Virginia, who had been at his side, he discovered her thanking the members of the organization individually for their part in the concert. "Your music was beautiful," she told a cornet player. "Every one enjoyed it so much." She made apology to the entire number....show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 177g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236736656
  • 9781236736659