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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 98 text:
were her lot to be the head of the family for a week or a month or a year, while mother is away for a rest, she successfully holds the family together by entering into the spirit of it and taking all the thought and doing all the work—nursing, teaching, cooking, washing, sewing, scrubbing, saving, choring outside, in fact anything in the catalog is not beyond her. Perhaps she will scold a little now and then, but that doesn't count as long as she keeps the children clean and the “boss" good-tempered. You will even notice the soothing and smoothing influence she has over the whole neighborhood.
You see the occasional American girl is not a Lydia Languish type nor an unsophisticated Bertha M. Clay heroine who does such unconventional, trustingly things because someone asks her to and tells her they are all right, but a strong, high-minded girl with a well balanced character and good moral qualities such as courage, good temper, thotfulness for others, perseverance and trustworthiness—a girl who knows what’s what and why, enjoys a good book, is acquainted with good pictures and can even warble a love song without imagining every young man who hears it is in love with her. She may never be President, this occasional American girl, neither will she die of fatty degeneration of the heart for lack of ambition to exercise her energy.
Then here’s to the Stars and Stripes,
To the land of our birth,
To the American girl,
The best thing on earth.
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.
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