in a circle; and solemnly Cordelia Wilson, the treasurer, opened the meeting, being (according to Tilly) a "perfect image of her uncle in the pulpit."
"Fellow members, once more we find ourselves gathered together for the purpose of the study of Texas," she would begin invariably. And then perhaps: "We will listen to Miss Bertha Brown, please. Miss Brown, what new thing--I mean, what new features have you discovered about Texas?"
If Miss Brown had something to say--and of course she did have something (she would have been disgraced, otherwise)--she said it. Then each in turn was asked, after which the discussion was open to all.
They were lively meetings. No wonder small brothers and sisters and cousins hung entranced on every word. No wonder, too, that at last, one day, quite carried away with the enthusiasm of the moment, they made so bold as to have something to say on their own account. It happened like this:
"Texas is the largest state in the Union," announced Bertha Brown, w