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Page 100 text:
Glen made a reach for “Freshie’s” long black braid, but "Preside” dodged and Glen tipped over the bottle of pickles instead.
"You’d better have a pickle, Glen." said Fay mischievously, “for they say they’re good for—oh. Bess, there arc not enough cups to go around, there are only four here"-----
“I’ll use my drinking glass." said Bess. "I don’t think the hot cocoa will break it.”
"Got your trig, for tomorrow, Fay?" said Blanche.
“No, haven’t looked at it—didn’t have time.”
"Yes, Kay was pretty busy this afternoon in the library," said Bess, “and after library hours, too. I see she has adopted the English women’s custom— that of walking—only she does not walk alone."
“Didn’t Miss Long look like a fright when she came into chapel this morning? Seems to me if I held the chair.of English in a college which ranks as high as this, I’d primp a little long-er, and try to look half way decent,” and Glen threw hack her well-poised head disdainfully. Glen was known as the best dressed girl in the college.
“Don’t be too hard on her. Glen.” said Blanche, blowing her hot cup of cocoa to cool it. “You know it must take nearly all her time cramming for those hard questions to ask us in English lit."
"Jay! but these oysters are good! May 1 have another helping? What’s your recipe, Bess? You’re a dandy cook.”
These and other pleasant comments greeted Bessie’s ears as the girls partook of the steaming soup.
“And now. girls," said Bess, "I’ve a special treat for you. I was in Mardis’ fruit store today and spied a basket of fresh oranges which I immediately ordered to be sent up, and here they arc. young ladies—‘the food of the gods’ from sunny California.”
"Hurry up and pass them. Bess. Don't keep us waiting. We want to sample them." and Fay reached into the basket for one. She drew back her hand instantly and uttered a little cry. “What’s the matter?" exclaimed the girls.
"()h, girls, there’s a—a—a mouse in that basket!" and she gave a little scream and jumped upon the couch.
Page 99 text:
“Quiet, girls, she might hear us.”
“Have you darkened the transom?”
“Yes; all here? One, two, three, four and I’m the fifth. Good! You're right on time,” and Bessie Shellhorn ushered into her room four girls dressed in long Japanese kimonos.
A student’s lamp burning low threw a pleasant red glow over the pretty room. The walls were decorated with gay pennants and posters. On the hanging shelf were photographs and in one corner of the room was a sanitary couch strewn with pretty pillows. Several low rocking chairs were in the room and the guests sat down comfortably on these while the hostess busied herself with the chafing dish.
“Oh, oysters! How fine!” said Blanche, the tall, dignified blonde of the Owl Quintette. The girls called themselves by this name because it was their custom to have their “doings” at night.
“Can’t I help cook them? Let me open the can.”
The other girls did not remain idle long, for Bess at their request found something for each of them to do. Grace Horn, the “Freshie” of the crowd, was intrusted with the stuffing of the dates, Glen Frye made the nut sandwiches and Fay Andrews arranged the dishes. •
“Wasn’t it a shame our boys lost that game with Crete this afternoon?” said Bess.
“Should say it was,” Glen replied promptly. “The umpire wasn't fair.”
“Course you’d say that.” said the “Freshie.” “for Harry played.”
Page 101 text:
“You silly girl." said Blanche, "the mouse won't hurt you—don't believe it's there, anyhow.”
"Yes it is," said Bess. "It’s tied to the bottom of the basket. Somebody’s trick. Whatever in the world will we do with it? If we had some chloroform we’d make quick work of it—but we haven’t any. Tell you what we can do, though. If someone will come with me to the bath room we'll turn on the water and drown it."
“I’ll go,” said Blanche, and these brave Twentieth century young ladies, holding the little gray creature gingerly with a bath towel, proceeded down the dark hall to the bath room, where they disposed of it.
During their absence the girls were busy discussing the mysterious guest. Fay dismounted from her perch and joined eagerly in the conversation. The goodies were forgotten.
Bess had some information for them when she returned from the bath room. "Do you know, girls, I believe I have a clue. Donald Pearson was in the store when I bought that fruit. I'll wager a pound of candy lie’s the guilty party, for lie probably guessed the fruit was for the Owls’ spread, and lie knew Fay would be there. Do you remember our barn party when lie laughed so because you were so afraid of mice?”
"The mean thing,” said Fay, "I’ll make him 'fess up tomorrow and if he’s guilty I’ll never, never”-
"You’d better not let it leak out, Fay mine, for the laugh’s all on you,” said Bess. "And now you'd better run along home, girls, for it’s past i o’clock and time all school girls were asleep. You may each take an orange, if you like, as a souvenir. Goodnight, dearest Owls—sweet dreams—and good lessons on the morrow.”
The secret did leak out. however, though no one knew how—for whenever could five girls keep a secret: Clara Shirks.
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