Ng her to republish them in the present volume. Messrs. L.C. Page &
Company wish also to acknowledge the courtesy of the editors, by which
they were able to arrange for the use of the original illustrations.
CONTENTS PAGE CICELY 11 ALIDA'S HOMELINESS 35 THE HAND OF DOUGLAS 59
ELSIE'S "PALMISTRY EVENING" 87 THEIR ANCESTRAL LATCH-STRING 111
ILLUSTRATIONS PAGE "THERE WERE VOICES PASSING HER DOOR" (_See page 75_)
_Frontispiece_ "THE CHEER AND WARMTH OF IT ALL COMFORTED HER" 31 "HID
HER FACE IN A GREAT BUNCH OF ROSES" 55 "'WHY, I HAVE NEVER EVEN HEARD OF
THEM'" 67 "'WHAT IS THE MATTER?' HE REPEATED" 78 "IT WAS NOT HER VOICE
ALONE WHICH DREW SO MANY ADMIRERS" 83 "'SHE HID HER FACE ON MY
SHOULDER'" 100 "'LOOKING AT HER HAND A DOZEN TIMES A DAY'" 103 "'ASKED
ME TO HUNT UP ALL THE REFERENCES'" 108 "PAUSING IN HER SCRUBBING" 116
"SHE ENTERTAINED THEM WITH STORIES OF HER TRAVELS" 122 "AT THE GATE HE
TURNED FOR A LONG BACKWARD LOOK" 127 "'YOU NEEDN'T LOOK AT ME IN THAT
WAY,' SHE WHISPERED, DEFIANTLY" 133 CICELY CICELY There was a noisy whir
of sewing-machines in Madame Levaney's large dressmaking establishment.
Cicely Leeds's head ached as she bent over the ruffles she was hemming.
She was the youngest seamstress in the room, and wore her hair hanging
in two long braids. It seemed a pity that such girlish shoulders should
be learning to stoop, and that her eyes had to bear such a constant
strain. The light was particularly bad this afternoon. Every curtain was
rolled to the top of its big window, but the dull December sky was as
gray as a fog. Even the snow on the surrounding housetops looked gray
and dirty in the smoky haze. Now and then Cicely looked up from her work
and glanced out of the window. The cold grayness of the outdoor world
made her shiver. It was a world of sooty chimney-tops as she saw it,
with a few chilly spar
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