We first meet Elizabeth Ann on a big train, traveling all alone. Her father and mother have sailed for Japan, and she is sent back East to visit at first one relative's home, and then another. Of course, she meets many new friends, some of whom she is quite happy with, while others--but you must read the stories for yourself!
had used a great deal of water and made the little girl very uncomfortable. "I'm sorry, but I guess you'll have to change your dress. Oh, here comes the conductor--I'll have to show my ticket again."
The conductor! Poor Elizabeth Ann turned hastily to face the door. Sure enough Mr. Hobart was coming down the aisle. And he saw her.
"Why!" he said, astonished. "What are you doing here?"
But he didn't wait for her to tell him. Perhaps he thought there were too many people listening. He took her hand and she trotted Miserably beside him, back to her own car. How everyone did stare at the little girl in the water-soaked shoes and frock, with dark red spots on her face and dress and hair-ribbon!
The surprised Caroline met them at the door of the little room called the drawing-room which was empty, for no one had engaged it for the trip East. Mr. Hobart motioned her aside and went in with Elizabeth Ann.
"Now," he said, closing the door and sitting down on the little green velvet so