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Leerie by Ruth Sawyer

Leerie

Ruth Sawyer

[Illustration: Leerie]

LEERIE

BY RUTH SAWYER

AUTHOR OF SEVEN MILES TO ARDEN, ETC.

ILLUSTRATED BY CLINTON BALMER

"_And O! before you hurry by With ladder and with light, O Leerie, see a little child And nod to him to-night!_"

GROSSET & DUNLAP NEW YORK PUBLISHERS

Made in the United States of America

LEERIE

Copyright 1920, by Harper & Brothers Printed in the United States of America

_To Lamplighters--the world over_

CONTENTS

Chap. Page

Foreword ix

I. The Man Who Feared Sleep 3

II. Old King Cole 40

III. The Changeling 77

IV. For the Honor of the San 116

V. The Last of the Surgical 155

VI. Monsieur Satan 191

VII. The Lad Who Outsang the Stars 232

VIII. Into Her Own 269

Afterword 306

ILLUSTRATIONS

Leerie _Frontispiece_

Holding him high for Peter to admire _Facing p._ 100

"The first look I had told me she had gone quite mad" " 216

"He will require more care, better dressing" " 302

Foreword

I like to write stories. Best of all I like to write stories about people who help the world to go round with a little more cheer and good will than is usual. You know--and I know--there are a few who put into life something more than the bare ingredients. They add a plum here--extra spice there. They bake it well--and then they trim it up like an all-the-year-round birthday cake with white frosting, angelica, and red cherries. Last of all they add the candles and light them so that it glows warmly and invitingly for all; fine to see, sweet to taste.


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