Betty Gordon in Washington; Or, Strange Adventures in a Great City

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Produced by Avinash Kothare, Tom Allen, Charles Franks and the Online Distributed Proofreading Team. BETTY GORDON IN WASHINGTON OR Strange Adventures in a Great City BY ALICE B. EMERSON CONTENTS CHAPTER I THE GORED COW II HOSPITALITY UNDER DIFFICULTIES III BOB HAS GREAT NEWS IV AT THE VENDUE V CONSEQUENCES VI THE RUNAWAY MISSED VII A BELATED LETTER VIII GOOD-BY TO BRAMBLE FARM IX NEW FRIENDS X FELLOW TRAVELERS XI A SERIOUS MIX-UP XII STRAIGHTENING THINGS OUT XIII WASHINGTON MONUMENT XIV LIBBIE IS ROMANTIC XV OFF TO INVESTIGATE XVI WHAT HALE HAD TO TELL XVII MORE SIGHTSEEING XVIII BETTY UNDERSTANDS XIX AN UNEXPECTED MEETING XX MUTUAL CONFIDENCES XXI THE ACCIDENT XXII BEING RESCUED XXIII ANOTHER RESCUE XXIV BOB IS CLEARED XXV FUTURE PLANS BETTY GORDON IN WASHINGTON CHAPTER I THE GORED COW For lack of a better listener, Betty Gordon addressed the saucy little chipmunk that sat on the top rail of the old worn fence and stared at her with bright, unwinking eyes. "It is the loveliest vase you ever saw," said Betty, busily sorting the tangled mass of grasses and flowers in her lap. "Heavy old colonial glass, you know, plain, but with beautiful lines." The chipmunk continued to regard her gravely. "I found it this morning when I was helping Mrs. Peabody clean the kitchen closet shelves," the girl went on, her slim fingers selecting and discarding slender stems with fascinating quickness. "It was on the very last shelf, and was covered with dust. I washed it, and we're going to have it on the supper table to-night with this bouquet in it. There! don't you think that's pretty?" She held out the flowers deftly arranged and surveyed them proudly. The chipmunk cocked his brown head and seemed to be withholding his opinion. Betty put the bouquet carefully down on the grass beside her and stretched the length of her trim, graceful self on the turf, burying her face luxuriously in the warm dry "second crop" of hay that had been raked into a thin pile under the pin oak and left there forgotten. Presently she rolled over and lay flat on her back, studying the lazy clouds that drifted across the very blue sky. "I'd like to be up in an airplane," she murmured drowsily, her eyelids drooping. "I'd sail right into a cloud and see--What was that?" She sat up with a jerk that sent the hitherto motionless chipmunk scurrying indignantly up the nearest tree, there to sit and shake his head angrily at her. "Sounds like Bob!" said Betty to herself. "My goodness, that was Mr. Peabody--they must be having an awful quarrel!" The voices and shouts came from the next field, separated from her by a brook, almost dry now, and a border of crooked young willow trees grown together in an effective windbreak. "Anybody who'll gore a cow like that isn't fit to own a single dumb

Alice B. Emerson

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