en she heard a curious "tap-tap." Alfy was not afraid. She never had been what the boys call a "scare-cat," but it seemed kind of funny, so she stood still and listened. "Tap-tap."
"My," thought Alfy. "What's that? Oh, it's----"
"Tap-tap," again and this time the sound came from right over Alfaretta's head, making her start and her heart go thump, thump so loud she thought whoever it was tapping could hear it. She tried to move, but stood rooted to the spot. "Tap-tap." This time to the right of the girl. Then Alfy summoned her lost courage and said as calmly as she could, "Who's there?"
No one responded, and in a few seconds, "Tap-tap," came the sound to the left of the girl. Then thoroughly scared, as the room was half dark and rapidly growing darker, Alfy turned and ran, stumbling over an old stool as she tried to make the door in great haste.
Matthew heard her and came running up, saying: "What's the matter, sis?" He had been unhitching Barnabas, as Ma Babcock was through with h
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