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A Prairie Infanta by Eva Wilder Brodhead

[Illustration: _A Prairie Infanta.--Frontispiece_

"THE DOCTOR SCOWLED OVER HIS GLASSES AS HE LISTENED."

_See p. 79_]

A Prairie Infanta

By

Eva Wilder Brodhead

Illustrated

PHILADELPHIA

HENRY ALTEMUS COMPANY

COPYRIGHT, 1904, BY HENRY ALTEMUS

The pictures in this book have been reproduced by the courtesy of "The Youth's Companion"

CONTENTS

PAGE

CHAPTER ONE

THE POWER OF CONSOLATION 13

CHAPTER TWO

A SACRED CHARGE 37

CHAPTER THREE

A TRUE BENEFACTRESS 61

CHAPTER FOUR

WISE IMPULSES 85

CHAPTER FIVE

DESTINY PRESSES 109

CHAPTER SIX

BEWILDERING SATISFACTION 133

ILLUSTRATIONS

PAGE

"The doctor scowled over his glasses as he listened" _Frontispiece_

"'I will not go with you!'" 29

"'He is Tesuque, the rain-god'" 55

"'I hoped you'd be able to lend me a hand'" 101

"'Do not make the thread short, Lolita'" 123

"'_Tia_, you are a lady of fortune'" 153

THE POWER OF CONSOLATION

A PRAIRIE INFANTA

CHAPTER ONE

THE POWER OF CONSOLATION

At the first glance there appeared to be nothing unusual in the scene confronting Miss Jane Combs as she stood, broad and heavy, in her doorway that May morning, looking up and down the single street of the little Colorado mining-town.

Jane's house was broad and heavy also--a rough, paintless "shack," which she had built after her own ideals on a treeless "forty" just beyond the limits of Aguilar. It was like herself in having nothing about it calculated to win the eye.

Jane, with her rugged, middle-aged face, baggy blouse, hob-nailed shoes and man's hat, was so unfeminine a figure as she plowed and planted her little vega, that some village wag had once referred to her as "Annie Laurie." Because of its happy absurdity the name long clung to Jane; but despite such small jests every one respected her sterling traits,--every one, that is, except Senora Vigil, who lived hard by in a mud house like a bird's nest, and who cherished a grudge against her neighbor.


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