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A Little Maid of Old Philadelphia by Curtis

A LITTLE MAID OF OLD PHILADELPHIA

by

ALICE TURNER CURTIS

Author of

A LITTLE MAID OF PROVINCE TOWN A LITTLE MAID OF MASSACHUSETTS COLONY A LITTLE MAID OF NARRAGANSETT BAY A LITTLE MAID OF BUNKER HILL A LITTLE MAID OF TICONDEROGA A LITTLE MAID OF OLD CONNECTICUT A LITTLE MAID OF OLD MAINE

Illustrated by Edna Cooke

[Illustration: SHE LOOKED UP TO FIND LAFAYETTE SMILING AT HER]

The Penn Publishing Company Philadelphia 1921 Copyright 1919 by The Penn Publishing Company

A Little Maid of Old Philadelphia

Introduction

Ruth Pernell and Winifred Merrill lived in Philadelphia. The city had been for some time in the hands of General Howe and the British army. Ruth's father was with Washington at Valley Forge, and the little girls were ardent supporters of the American cause, and admirers of the gallant young Frenchman, the Marquis DE Lafayette.

Children in 1778 were much like those of to-day, and Ruth and her friends, eager as they were for the war to end successfully, were fond of dolls and pets, and games and little plays. Yet they kept their ears open, and when Ruth overheard what two British soldiers said she knew how to make good use of her knowledge.

In each of the other "Little Maid" books is the story of an American girl during the Revolution. The other stories are: "A Little Maid of Province Town," "A Little Maid of Massachusetts Colony." "A Little Maid of Bunker Hill," "A Little Maid of Narragansett Bay," "A Little Maid of Ticonderoga," "A Little Maid of Old Connecticut."

Contents

I. HERO IS LOST 9

II. GILBERT AND LAFAYETTE 19

III. RUTH VISITS GENERAL HOWE 28

IV. AUNT DEBORAH IS SURPRISED 37

V. RUTH DECIDES 43

VI. A DIFFICULT DAY 53

VII. GILBERT'S PLAY 62

VIII. BETTY RUNS AWAY 72

IX. BETTY'S ADVENTURE 84

X. THE LOST PROGRAMME 92

XI. A LONG ROAD 102

XII. A LONG RIDE 113

XIII. HOME AGAIN 123

XIV. THE CANDY DISAPPEARS 133


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