The Automobile Girls at Chicago

The Automobile Girls at Chicago
or, Winning Out Against Heavy Odds

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The Automobile Girls at Chicago by Laura Dent Crane

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1912

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The Automobile Girls at Chicago
or, Winning Out Against Heavy Odds

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Four clever girls go hiking around the country and meet with many thrilling and provoking adventures. These stories pulsate with the atmosphere of outdoor life.

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l. But she had other work to do just then. The young woman struggled on, at last reaching the platform that now stood in the air some feet above the track.

"Jump! We'll catch you," called a voice.

"I--I can't. Help me. My companion is hurt."

"She's got someone with her. Get up there," commanded a sharp voice.

Two trainmen clambered to the platform.

"Is the girl dead?" demanded one.

"I don't know. Oh, please hurry," begged Barbara in an agonized tone.

The men quickly lifted down Grace Carter's limp form. Then they turned to assist Barbara, but she already had swung down without assistance. Mollie was kneeling beside Grace, other passengers crowding about the unconscious girl who lay stretched out on the ground beside the track. Someone pushed through the crowd to Grace and thrust a bottle of smelling salts under her nose.

This served to restore her to consciousness, and she feebly brushed the bottle aside.

"She's alive," screamed Mollie, almost bes

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This 1912 girls' book has the four chums, Barbara, Mollie, Grace and Ruth, visiting Ruth's family's home in Chicago as well as that of their friends the Presbys, who live on a historic estate outside the city, where family legend says a treasure is buried. The girls visit the Chicago Board of Trade with its fabled Pit, and learn that both their hosts are in financial trouble because of failed speculation on the wheat market, which has been driven down by a bearish rival of Ruth's father. I don't know what young girls of today would make of it, but it's an interesting period piece. Somehow I doubt many contemporary kids' books are covering the futures market. I wonder whether this was influenced by Joseph Leiter's 1890s corner on wheat, which made its way into so much adult fiction of the period.