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(without typos) from the publisher. 1909. Not illustrated. Excerpt:
... CHAPTER XI ROMAN PUNCH IT was a very rainy day, so the
excursion which the Wonderers had planned had to be postponed. And
so they were gathered in the Fairfields' pleasant sitting-room,
trying to make believe they didn't care to go out. In this attempt
they all succeeded better than Milly, who was distinctly and
aggressively cross. "Milly," said Peter Homer, in his kind way,
after one of her petulant outbursts, "it's raining, and I'm glad it
is, and you're going to be glad too. You're going to have such a
good time this afternoon, that you'll go home saying you're glad it
rained so we couldn't go driving out the Appian Way." "I won't do
any such thing," declared Milly. "How could I like it better to sit
cooped up in a stuffy old parlour than to go for a lovely drive?"
"Wait and see, my child," said Peter. "Now, my Wonder friends, I'll
tell you my plan. Let's start a paper, a nice little paper, and
we'll all contribute." "And publish it every week?" cried Patty,
who loved to write things. "Yes, for one consecutive week, anyway.
I'll be editor-in-chief, and you can all be department editors, and
choose any department you like. If I were to suggest, I'd say let
Patty Fairfield be the fashion editor, for she always wears such
masterpieces of sartorial architecture." They all laughed at
Peter's description of Patty's pretty frocks, and she said: "Well,
I'm glad you didn't call my clothes flubdubby, anyhow. Yes, I'll
write your fashion column. What will you write, Milly?" "I don't
know yet, but I'll write something. Shall we do it now?" The girl's
face had brightened wonderfully. Peter had discovered that she had
secret leanings toward literature, and he felt sure that his plan
for the afternoon's amusement would appeal to her. "Yes, we'll
begin at once," he said. "If...
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