The Automobile Girls at Chicago

or, Winning Out Against Heavy Odds

Cover image for

Download


Published: 1912
Language: English
Wordcount: 42,624 / 128 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 86.7
LoC Category: PZ
Downloads: 1,074
Added to site: 2010.05.20
mnybks.net#: 27809
Origin: gutenberg.org

Four clever girls go hiking around the country and meet with many thrilling and provoking adventures. These stories pulsate with the atmosphere of outdoor life.

Show Excerpt

l. But she had other work to do just then. The young woman struggled on, at last reaching the platform that now stood in the air some feet above the track.

"Jump! We'll catch you," called a voice.

"I--I can't. Help me. My companion is hurt."

"She's got someone with her. Get up there," commanded a sharp voice.

Two trainmen clambered to the platform.

"Is the girl dead?" demanded one.

"I don't know. Oh, please hurry," begged Barbara in an agonized tone.

The men quickly lifted down Grace Carter's limp form. Then they turned to assist Barbara, but she already had swung down without assistance. Mollie was kneeling beside Grace, other passengers crowding about the unconscious girl who lay stretched out on the ground beside the track. Someone pushed through the crowd to Grace and thrust a bottle of smelling salts under her nose.

This served to restore her to consciousness, and she feebly brushed the bottle aside.

"She's alive," screamed Mollie, almost bes

Reviews

Average Rating of 3 from 1 reviews: ***
2015.03.23
Leah A. Zeldes
***..

This 1912 girls' book has the four chums, Barbara, Mollie, Grace and Ruth, visiting Ruth's family's home in Chicago as well as that of their friends the Presbys, who live on a historic estate outside the city, where family legend says a treasure is buried. The girls visit the Chicago Board of Trade with its fabled Pit, and learn that both their hosts are in financial trouble because of failed speculation on the wheat market, which has been driven down by a bearish rival of Ruth's father.

I don't know what young girls of today would make of it, but it's an interesting period piece. Somehow I doubt many contemporary kids' books are covering the futures market. I wonder whether this was influenced by Joseph Leiter's 1890s corner on wheat, which made its way into so much adult fiction of the period.


(Promote your book here)

Featured Books

Cover image for The Automobile Girls at Chicago by Laura Dent Crane - Free eBook

Phantasia

Book One: Into the Rain
M.U. Riyadad

After finding the body of a dragon in a metalli... Read more

Cover image for The Automobile Girls at Chicago by Laura Dent Crane - Free eBook

Fearsome

Fearsome Series Book 1
S.A. Wolfe

*This is a stand-alone book in the Fearsome Ser... Read more

Cover image for The Automobile Girls at Chicago by Laura Dent Crane - Free eBook

Nano Contestant

Episode 1: Whatever It Takes
Leif Sterling

Fans of the Hunger Games and Sci-Fi Thrillers will... Read more

Cover image for The Automobile Girls at Chicago by Laura Dent Crane - Free eBook

Anais of Brightshire

The Blood Mage Chronicles Book 1
Jamie Wilson

While rumors of monsters rising in the south bring... Read more

Cover image for The Automobile Girls at Chicago by Laura Dent Crane - Free eBook

Sound of Sirens

Tales of Skylge #1
Jen Minkman

On the island of Skylge, electricity is only fo... Read more

(advanced)
login | register

User ID

Password

reset password

Help ManyBooks by sharing this page!

See it as donating a moment of your social media time, every little thing helps us improve and stay online.

Popular in This Genre

The list of books below is based on the weekly downloads by our users regardless of eReader device or file format.

Alice in Wonderland
by Lewis Carroll
ABC's of Science
by Charles Oliver
Rebecca Mary
by Annie Hamilton Donnell
Anne of Green Gables
by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Aesop's Fables
by Aesop
Little Women
by Louisa May Alcott
Treasure Island
by Robert Louis Stevenson

See more popular titles from this genre.