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Betty Gordon in Washington by Emerson, Alice B., pseud.

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Title: Betty Gordon in Washington
Author: Alice B. Emerson
Release Date: November, 2004 [EBook #6853]

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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

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