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A Melody in Silver by Keene Abbott

A MELODY IN SILVER

By KEENE ABBOTT

BOSTON AND NEW YORK HOUGHTON MIFFLIN COMPANY The Riverside Press Cambridge 1911

COPYRIGHT, 1911, BY KEENE ABBOTT ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

_Published April 1911_

CONTENTS

I. THE LOST CAUSE 1

II. RUE AND ROSEMARY 14

III. THE WORLD'S END 20

IV. DEAD SEA FRUIT 30

V. THE MUG OF WOE 43

VI. "FAV-VER" 52

VII. AS A FOUNTAIN IN THE DESERT 66

VIII. THE GONE-AWAY LADY 75

IX. THE CRIME OF DAVID 86

X. THE NIP OF GUILT 97

XI. APOTHEOSIS 104

XII. LIGHT 113

XIII. THE SUBSTITUTE 125

XIV. SKY BLOSSOMS 142

A MELODY IN SILVER

CHAPTER I

THE LOST CAUSE

David had a suspicion. He did not know it was that, but that is what it was. He suspected that Mother thought he was a good little boy, and he suspected that she thought Mitchell Horrigan was a bad little boy. Perhaps Mother had a suspicion, too; she might have suspected that it was Mitch who had put a certain notion into David's head--a notion which had to do with pants. Only you must not call them pants; they are "trouvers."

But it doesn't really matter in the least what they are called. Mitch had them. He also had the measles once. David did not know whether it was the measles part or the pants part that made Mitch a bad little boy. All David knew about it was that if he invited Mitch into the yard to climb trees and give swimming lessons in the high grass, it usually happened that Mother could think of some important business for her little boy to do in the house. It was surprising how many important matters there were for David to do in the house every time Mitch came into the yard to play. She might want to show him something, and perhaps it would be a turn-over that she wanted to show him, a delicious little half-grown pie stuffed with strawberries or with cherries.


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