The father of the two girls was broken down in health and a physician had recommended that he go to the country, where he could get plenty of fresh air and sunshine. An aunt owned an abandoned farm and she said the family could live on this and use the place as they pleased. There was a mystery about the old farm, and a mystery concerning one of the boarders, and how the girls got to the bottom of affairs is told in detail.
h water into those front rooms. Look out for the ceilings. You might be hurt if they came down."
He found the key and unlocked and opened the door from the bedroom to the hall. The smoke cloud was much thinner. But a torrent of water was pouring down the stairs, and the shouting and stamping of the firemen above were louder.
Two black, serpent-like lines of hose encumbered the stairs.
"Take care of yourself," called the young man. "I'll be back in a jiffy with the doctor," and, bareheaded, and in shirt-sleeves as he was, he dashed down the dark and smoky stairway.
Lyddy bent over her father again; he was breathing more peacefully, it seemed. But when she spoke to him he did not answer.
'Phemie ran in, crying. "What is the matter with father?" she demanded, as she noted his strange silence. Then, without waiting for an answer, she snapped:
"And Aunt Jane's got her head out of the window scolding at the firemen in the street because they do not come up and carry her dow
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