The four friends spend a happy week together at Catherine's home in Winsted and Catherine starts a public library. "Decidedly superior to the average girl's book."
knows all about. Why couldn't we start a library and have Algernon run it? It would make people appreciate him."
"It would keep him occupied at certain hours, and assure you of freedom from his calls," said Dr. Harlow, but Catherine was in earnest and refused to be teased.
"Wouldn't it be practical, really, Mother? Algernon can't go away to school. His mother isn't willing, you know, and he needs to be here to look after Elsmere. But he could study there, and lots of towns as small as this do have libraries."
The doorbell rang and Dr. Harlow went to answer it.
"Some one to see you, Catherine," he said, returning.
Catherine found Algernon himself standing in the doorway, his big pale eyes full of distress.
"Excuse my coming just at supper time," he said, "but I've lost Elsmere. No one seems to have seen him since we did this afternoon, and I thought perhaps you would remember which direction he went in. It was while I was in the house he disappeared, you know. He almo