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The Secret Doctrine, Volume I Cosmogenesis

H. P. Blavatsky

The Souls of Black Folk

W. E. B. DuBois

Through the Looking Glass

Lewis Carroll

Darby O'Gill and the Little People

Hermenie Templeton Kavanagh

Patty's pleasure trip

by Carolyn Wells


r\ as a light rain had set in, it was being served in the billiard-room.

This large apartment was very attractive, for aside from the purpose for which it was intended, it was admirably adapted for a cosy lounging-place. A sort of extension with roof and sides of stained glass was an ideal place for the tea-table and its many appurtenances, and except for the footman, who brought in fresh supplies, Lady Kitty and her guests waited upon themselves.

Though never a large group, a few neighbours usually dropped in at tea-time, and as there were always some people staying in the house, the hour was a social one.

Patty, looking very dainty in a pretty little house-dress of Dresden silk, was having a very good time.

Flo Carrington, a young English girl, whom she had met only the day before, came bustling in with exclamations of dismay.

"I'm nearly drowned!" she cried. "The pelting rain has ruined me frock, and I'm starving for me tea. Do give me some, dear Lady Kitty."

"You shall have it at once," declared Patty, hovering around the tea things; "cream or lemon?"

"Lemon, and two lumps. You pretty Pattything, I'm so glad to see you again. I've only known you twenty-four hours, but already I feel one-sided if you're not by me. Sit down, and let's indulge in pleasant conver


So with their teacups, the girls sat down, and being largely about their two selves, the conversation was very pleasant indeed. But soon they were interrupted, as Cadwalader Oram, a typical young Englishman, approached them.

"You two young women have monopolised each other long enough," he declared; "you must now endeavour to entertain me."

"That's easy," said Patty, and turning to a near-by muffin-stand, she took a plate of hot, buttered ones, and offered them to young Oram; "have a muffin?"

"Indeed I will, they're very entertaining. Have you ever noticed how wonderful the Markleham muffins are? I get such nowhere else. Why is that, I wonder?"

Lady Kitty, who was waiting by, answered this herself.

"Because at large and formal teas," she said, "muffins are not served; and if one's friends drop in unexpectedly, muffins are rarely ready. It is my aim in life to have just so many people to tea as will justify muffins without prohibiting them."

"At last I understand why the teas at this house are always perfection," said Oram, rising for a moment as Lady Kitty moved away.

A newcomer had arrived, and Patty, looking up, saw Floyd Austin's grave face in the doorway.

"Owing to the inclemency of the weather, the starving people gathered in the billiardroom to partake of that nourishment which was to keep them alive until the dinner hour."

He said this in an impersonal, reading-aloud sort of voice, which seemed to Patty extremely funny.

"He's always doing that," said Flo Carrington; " sometimes he's screamingly droll."

After greeting his hostess, Austin made his way toward the small group clustered round Patty.

With much chat and banter, he was served with tea and muffins, and so much attention was shown him that Patty concluded he must be a favourite indeed.

"I fear we have rudely run into a cloudburst or something," remarked Cadwalader Oram, unsuccessfully trying to look through a •window, whose stained glass was further obscured by slipping raindrops.

"Sit down, Caddy," said Flo; "you mar the harmony of this meeting when you're so restless."

"Being thus admonished, young Oram crumpled himself gracefully into a chair," drawled Floyd Austin, as Oram did that very thing, and Patty's laughter rang out at the apt description.

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