A Day at the County Fair

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E-text prepared by Roberta Staehlin, Suzanne Shell, and the Project Gutenberg Online Distributed Proofreading Team (https://www.pgdp.net) Note: Project Gutenberg also has an HTML version of this file which includes the original illustrations. See 23999-h.htm or 23999-h.zip: (https://www.gutenberg.org/dirs/2/3/9/9/23999/23999-h/23999-h.htm) or (https://www.gutenberg.org/dirs/2/3/9/9/23999/23999-h.zip) The Merryvale Girls A DAY AT THE COUNTY FAIR by ALICE HALE BURNETT Author of "Beth's Garden Party," "Geraldine's Birthday Surprise," "A Day at the County Fair," Etc. Pictures by Charles F. Lester The New York Book Co. 201-213 East 12th Street New York Copyright, 1916, by American Authors Publishing Co. CONTENTS CHAPTER PAGE I. THE INVITATION 9 II. THE MOTOR TRIP 15 III. THE PICNIC LUNCH 22 IV. THE FUN BEGINS 25 V. THE GREASED POLE 32 VI. JERRY'S TREAT 37 VII. UNCLE BILLY'S STORY 44 VIII. AN EXCITING MOMENT 52 IX. HOME AGAIN 58 A DAY AT THE COUNTY FAIR CHAPTER I THE INVITATION "Oh, push it harder, much harder, so I can go away up to the tree tops," cried Jerry. "Don't you just love to fly through the air this way?" Mary Lee gave the swing one more push. "There!" she exclaimed, "that's the best I can do, Geraldine White. I'm hot all over now," and she dropped down on the soft grass at the foot of a big tree. "After the old cat dies, I'll give you a fine swing," promised Jerry. "You'll think you're in an airship." "Indeed you won't," protested Mary. "It's horrid and makes me feel ill. Oh, look," she exclaimed, "here comes Beth Burton." Flying down the street, her hair streaming behind her, came Beth, her cheeks aglow and her dark eyes dancing with excitement. Mary had run at once to meet her and Jerry followed as soon as she could stop the swing. "It's the loveliest news," panted Beth when she had reached them--"an invitation." "Oh, do tell us what it is," demanded the other two in chorus. "Well," continued Beth, placing an arm about each as they all walked up the path, "it's to go motoring. My uncle Billy is going to take us," and she gave each girl a little hug. "But that isn't all," she added. "There's a surprise on the end of the ride." Jerry danced up the path with joy. "A motor ride and a surprise all in one day," thought Jerry. "I think it's just dear of him to ask us to go, too," said Mary. "He could have taken you alone." Beth smiled, as she replied:

Alice Hale Burnett

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