"I believe it's mine! I have some relatives--or did have--a great aunt or something, who lived near a place like that way up on North Hero Island. I'd forgotten all about them. Open it, Claire, and let's see what it is."'
"You never told us about any aunt on any North Hero Island! It sounds like a romance, Anne," accused Nancy, who thought she knew everything about her friend.
Anne laughed. "I don't wonder you think so. I just barely remember father speaking of her. Read it, Claire!"
Claire had seized the letter and opened it. "It is signed 'Your loving aunt.' Isn't it the most ridiculous mystery? Why couldn't it have been something else besides an aunt!"
"Well, I'm awfully afraid it is for me. We never could both have aunts on North Hero Island. Go on, blessed child--I'm prepared for the worst!"
Claire rose dramatically.
"My dear Niece," she read, adding: "I want you to know, Anne, that she h