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TheProjectGutenbergEBookofThePrairieWife,byArthurStringer ThiseBookisfortheuseofanyoneanywhereatnocostandwith almostnorestrictionswhatsoever Youmaycopyit,giveitawayor re-useitunderthetermsoftheProjectGutenbergLicenseincluded withthiseBookoronlineatwww.gutenberg.org Title:ThePrairieWife Author:ArthurStringer Illustrator:H T Dunn ReleaseDate:July19,2006[EBook#18875] Language:English ***STARTOFTHISPROJECTGUTENBERGEBOOKTHEPRAIRIEWIFE*** ProducedbyRogerFrankandtheOnlineDistributed ProofreadingTeamathttp://www.pgdp.net ThePrairieWife Istoopedoverthetrap-doorandlifteditup "Getdowntherequick!" — Page109,ThePrairieWife THEPRAIRIEWIFE ByARTHURSTRINGER WithFrontispieceinColorby H T DUNN A L BURTCOMPANY PUBLISHERS – – NEWYORK PUBLISHEDBYARRANGEMENTWITHTHEBOBBS,MERRILL COMPANY COPYRIGHT1915 THECURTISPUBLISHINGCOMPANY COPYRIGHT1915 THEBOBBS-MERRILLCOMPANY TOVAN WHOKNOWSANDLOVES THEWEST ASWELOVEHIM! Contents ThursdaytheNineteenth SaturdaytheTwenty-first MondaytheTwenty-third WednesdaytheTwenty-fifth ThursdaytheTwenty-sixth SaturdaytheTwenty-eighth WednesdaytheFirst ThursdaytheSecond FridaytheThird SaturdaytheFourth MondaytheSixth WednesdaytheEighth SaturdaytheTenth SundaytheEleventh MondaytheTwelfth SundaytheEighteenth MondaytheNineteenth TuesdaytheTwentieth ThursdaytheTwenty-second SaturdaytheTwenty-fourth TuesdaytheTwenty-seventh ThursdaytheTwenty-ninth FridaytheFifth SundaytheSeventh TuesdaytheNinth SaturdaytheTwenty-first SundaytheTwenty-ninth MondaytheSeventh FridaytheEleventh SundaytheThirteenth 16 33 41 48 57 61 64 67 68 73 80 88 91 93 101 103 105 115 119 128 133 136 137 138 142 150 152 153 155 WednesdaytheSixteenth SundaytheTwentieth SundaytheTwenty-seventh WednesdaytheThirtieth ThursdaytheThirty-first SundaytheThird ThursdaytheSeventh SaturdaytheNinth MondaytheEleventh TuesdaytheNineteenth SundaytheThirty-first TuesdaytheNinth WednesdaytheSeventeenth ThursdaytheTwenty-fifth TuesdaytheSecond ThursdaytheFourth WednesdaytheSeventeenth SaturdaytheTwenty-seventh TuesdaytheSixth MondaytheTwelfth TuesdaytheTwentieth MondaytheTwenty-sixth WednesdaytheTwenty-eighth MondaytheSecond ThursdaytheFifth TuesdaytheTenth MondaytheSixteenth TuesdaytheTwenty-fourth FridaytheThird ThursdaytheNinth WednesdaytheFifteenth FridaytheSeventeenth SaturdaytheNineteenth 156 157 158 159 160 167 171 172 175 182 186 188 189 190 191 193 194 195 198 199 202 205 207 209 210 214 217 220 222 224 228 230 231 FridaytheTwenty-eighth SaturdaytheTwenty-ninth SundaytheThirtieth TuesdaytheFirst MondaytheSeventh SundaytheThirteenth MondaytheTwenty-eighth SaturdaytheSecond WednesdaytheSixth TuesdaytheTwelfth ThursdaytheFourteenth WednesdaytheFifth SundaytheNinth MondaytheTenth TuesdaytheEleventh WednesdaytheThirteenth ThursdaytheFourteenth FridaytheFifteenth SaturdaytheSixteenth MondaytheSeventeenth WednesdaytheNineteenth FridaytheTwenty-first MondaytheTwelfth WednesdaytheFourteenth ThursdaytheFifteenth FridaytheSixteenth SundaytheEighteenth SundaytheTwenty-fifth TuesdaytheTwenty-seventh WednesdaytheTwenty-eighth FridaytheThirtieth SundaytheFirst 233 234 236 237 243 247 249 251 252 254 255 256 260 262 264 265 267 269 272 275 276 277 290 292 295 298 307 308 309 310 313 314 THEPRAIRIEWIFE ThursdaytheNineteenth Splash! That's me, Matilda Anne! That's me falling plump into the pool of matrimonybeforeI'vehadtimetofallinlove!Andoh,MatildaAnne,Matilda Anne, I've got to talk to you! You may be six thousand miles away, but still you've got to be my safety-valve I'd blow up and explode if I didn't express myselftosomeone Forit'ssolonesomeouthereIcouldgoandcommunewith thegophers Thisisn'tatwenty-partletter,mydear,anditisn'tadiary It'sthe coralringI'mcuttingmyteethofdesolationon For,everysolong,I'vesimply gottositdownandtalktosomeone,orI'dgomad,clean,stark,staringmad,and bitethetopsoffthesweet-grass!Itmayevenhappenthiswillneverbesentto you ButIliketothinkofyoureadingit,someday,pagebypage,whenI'mfat andforty,or,what'smorelikely,whenDuncanhasmechainedtoacorral-postor finallyshutupinapaddedcell Foryouweretheonewhowasclosesttomein theolddays,MatildaAnne,andwhenIwasintroubleyouwerealwaysthestaff on which I leaned, the calm-eyed Tillie-on-the-spot who never seemed to fail me!AndIthinkyouwillunderstand Butthere'ssomuchtotalkaboutIscarcelyknowwheretobegin Thefunnypart ofitallis,I'vegoneandmarriedtheOtherMan Andyouwon'tunderstandthat abit,unlessIstartatthebeginning ButwhenIlookback,theredoesn'tseemto be any beginning, for it's only in books that things really begin and end in a singlelifetime Howsomever,asChinkieusedtosay,whenIleftyouandSchemingJackinthat funny little stone house of yours in Corfu, and got to Palermo, I found Lady Agatha and Chinkie there at the Hotel des Palmes and the yacht being coaled fromatrampsteamer'sbunkersintheharbor SoIwentonwiththemtoMonte Carlo WehadaterribletripallthewayuptotheRiviera,andIwasterriblyseasick, and those lady novelists who love to get their heroines off on a private yachtneverdreamthatinanythingbutduckpondweathertheordinaryyachtat sea is about the meanest habitation between Heaven and earth But it was at Monte Carlo I got the cable from Uncle Carlton telling me the Chilean revolution had wiped out our nitrate mine concessions and that your poor Tabby's last little nest-egg had been smashed In other words, I woke up and HopalongCassidy ByClarenceE Mulford HoundfromtheNorth,The ByRidgwellCullum House of the Whispering Pines, The By Anna Katharine Green HughWynne,FreeQuaker ByS WeirMitchell,M.D IConquered ByHaroldTitus IllustriousPrince,The ByE PhillipsOppenheim InAnotherGirl'sShoes ByBertaRuck IndifferenceofJuliet,The ByGraceS Richmond Infelice ByAugustaEvansWilson InitialsOnly ByAnnaKatharineGreen InnerLaw,The ByWillN Harben InnocentByMarieCorelli InsidiousDr Fu-Manchu,The BySaxRohmer IntheBroodingWild ByRidgwellCullum Intriguers,The ByHaroldBindloss IronTrail,The ByRexBeach IronWoman,The ByMargaretDeland ISpy ByNatalieSumnerLincoln Japonette ByRobertW Chambers JeanoftheLazyA ByB M Bower JeanneoftheMarshes ByE PhillipsOppenheim JennieGerhardt ByTheodoreDreiser JudgmentHouse,The ByGilbertParker KeeperoftheDoor,The ByEthelM Dell KeithoftheBorder ByRandallParrish KentKnowles:Ouahaug ByJosephC Lincoln KingdomoftheBlind,The ByE PhillipsOppenheim PopularCopyrightNovels ATMODERATEPRICES AskYourDealerforaCompleteListof A L BurtCompany'sPopularCopyrightFiction KingSpruce ByHolmanDay King'sWidow,The ByMrs BaillieReynolds KnaveofDiamonds,The ByEthelM Dell LadderofSwords ByGilbertParker LadyBettyAcrosstheWater ByC N &A M Williamson Land-Girl'sLoveStory,A ByBertaRuck Landloper,The ByHolmanDay LandofLongAgo,The ByElizaCalvertHall LandofStrongMen,The ByA M Chisholm LastTrail,The ByZaneGrey LaughandLive ByDouglasFairbanks LaughingBillHyde ByRexBeach LaughingGirl,The ByRobertW Chambers LawBreakers,The ByRidgwellCullum LiftedVeil,The ByBasilKing LightedWay,The ByE PhillipsOppenheim LinMcLean ByOwenWister LonesomeLand ByB M Bower LoneWolf,The ByLouisJosephVance LongEverAgo ByRupertHughes LonelyStronghold,The ByMrs BaillieReynolds LongLivetheKing ByMaryRobertsRinehart LongRoll,The ByMaryJohnston LordTony'sWife ByBaronessOrczy LostAmbassador ByE PhillipsOppenheim LostPrince,The ByFrancesHodgsonBurnett LydiaofthePines ByHonoréWillsie MaidoftheForest,The ByRandallParrish MaidoftheWhisperingHills,The ByVingieE Roe MaidsofParadise,The ByRobertW Chambers Major,The ByRalphConnor MakerofHistory,A ByE PhillipsOppenheim Malefactor,The ByE PhillipsOppenheim ManfromBar20,The ByClarenceE Mulford ManinGrey,The,ByBaronessOrczy ManTrail,The ByHenryOyen ManWhoCouldn'tSleep,The ByArthurStringer PopularCopyrightNovels ATMODERATEPRICES AskYourDealerforaCompleteListof A L BurtCompany'sPopularCopyrightFiction ManwiththeClubFoot,The ByValentineWilliams Mary-'Gusta ByJosephC Lincoln MaryMoreland ByMarieVanVorst MaryRegan ByLeroyScott MasterMummer,The ByE PhillipsOppenheim MemoirsofSherlockHolmes ByA ConanDoyle MenWhoWrought,The ByRidgwellCullum MischiefMaker,The ByE PhillipsOppenheim Missioner,The ByE PhillipsOppenheim MissMillion'sMaid ByBertaRuck MollyMcDonald ByRandallParrish MoneyMaster,The ByGilbertParker MoneyMoon,The ByJefferyFarnol MountainGirl,The ByPayneErskine MovingFinger,The ByNatalieSumnerLincoln Mr Bingle ByGeorgeBarrMcCutcheon Mr GrexofMonteCarlo ByE PhillipsOppenheim Mr Pratt ByJosephC Lincoln Mr Pratt'sPatients ByJosephC Lincoln Mrs Belfame ByGertrudeAtherton Mrs RedPepper ByGraceS Richmond MyLadyCaprice ByJeffreyFarnol MyLadyoftheNorth ByRandallParrish MyLadyoftheSouth ByRandallParrish MysteryoftheHastyArrow,The ByAnnaK Green NamelessMan,The ByNataileSumnerLincoln Ne'er-Do-Well,The ByRexBeach NestBuilders,The ByBeatriceForbes-RobertsonHale Net,The ByRexBeach NewClarion ByWillN Harben NightOperator,The ByFrankL Packard NightRiders,The ByRidgwellCullum Nobody ByLouisJosephVance Okewood of the Secret Service By the Author of "The Man withtheClubFoot." OneWayTrail,The ByRidgwellCullum OpenSesame ByMrs BaillieReynolds OtherwisePhyllis ByMeredithNicholson Outlaw,The ByJacksonGregory PopularCopyrightNovels ATMODERATEPRICES AskYourDealerforaCompleteListof A L BurtCompany'sPopularCopyrightFiction ParadiseAuction ByNalbroBartley Pardners ByRexBeach Parrot&Co ByHaroldMacGrath PartnersoftheNight ByLeroyScott PartnersoftheTide ByJosephC Lincoln PassionateFriends,The ByH G Wells PatroloftheSunDanceTrail,The ByRalphConnor PaulAnthony,Christian ByHiramW Hays PawnsCount,The ByE PhillipsOppenheim People'sMan,A ByE PhillipsOppenheim PerchoftheDevil ByGertrudeAtherton PeterRuffandtheDoubleFour ByE PhillipsOppenheim PidginIsland ByHaroldMacGrath PlaceofHoneymoon,The ByHaroldMacGrath PoolofFlame,The ByLouisJosephVance Postmaster,The ByJosephC Lincoln PrairieWife,The ByArthurStringer PriceofthePrairie,The ByMargaretHillMcCarter PrinceofSinners,A ByE PhillipsOppenheim Promise,The ByJ B Hendryx ProofofthePudding,The ByMeredithNicholson Rainbow'sEnd,The ByRexBeach RanchattheWolverine,The ByB M Bower RanchingforSylvia ByHaroldBindloss Ransom ByArthurSomersRoche ReasonWhy,The ByElinorGlyn Reclaimers,The ByMargaretHillMcCarter RedMist,The ByRandallParrish RedPepperBurns ByGraceS Richmond RedPepper'sPatients ByGraceS Richmond RejuvenationofAuntMary,The ByAnneWarner RestlessSex,The ByRobertW Chambers ReturnofDr Fu-Manchu,The BySaxRohmer ReturnofTarzan,The ByEdgarRiceBurroughs RiddleofNight,The ByThomasW Hanshew RimoftheDesert,The ByAdaWoodruffAnderson RiseofRoscoePaine,The ByJ C Lincoln RisingTide,The ByMargaretDeland PopularCopyrightNovels ATMODERATEPRICES AskYourDealerforaCompleteListof A L BurtCompany'sPopularCopyrightFiction RocksofValpré,The ByEthelM Dell RoguebyCompulsion,A ByVictorBridges RoomNumber3 ByAnnaKatharineGreen RoseintheRing,The ByGeorgeBarrMcCutcheon RoseofOldHarpeth,The ByMariaThompsonDaviess RoundtheCornerinGayStreet ByGraceS Richmond SecondChoice ByWillN Harben SecondViolin,The ByGraceS Richmond SecretHistory ByC N &A M Williamson SecretoftheReef,The ByHaroldBindloss SevenDarlings,The ByGouverneurMorris Shavings ByJosephC Lincoln ShepherdoftheHills,The ByHaroldBellWright SheriffofDykeHole,The ByRidgwellCullum Sherry ByGeorgeBarrMcCutcheon SideoftheAngels,The ByBasilKing SilverHorde,The ByRexBeach SinThatWasHis,The ByFrankL Packard Sixty-firstSecond,The ByOwenJohnson SoldieroftheLegion,A ByC N &A M Williamson SonofHisFather,The ByRidgwellCullum SonofTarzan,The ByEdgarRiceBurroughs Source,The ByClarenceBuddingtonKelland SpeckledBird,A ByAugustaEvansWilson SpiritinPrison,A ByRobertHichens SpiritoftheBorder,The (NewEdition.)ByZaneGrey Spoilers,The ByRexBeach SteeleoftheRoyalMounted ByJamesOliverCurwood StillJim ByHonoréWillsie StoryofFossRiverRanch,The ByRidgwellCullum StoryofMarco,The ByEleanorH Porter StrangeCaseofCavendish,The ByRandallParrish StrawberryAcres ByGraceS Richmond SuddenJim ByClarenceB Kelland TalesofSherlockHolmes ByA ConanDoyle TarzanoftheApes ByEdgarR Burroughs TarzanandtheJewelsofOpar ByEdgarRiceBurroughs PopularCopyrightNovels ATMODERATEPRICES AskYourDealerforaCompleteListof A L BurtCompany'sPopularCopyrightFiction TemptingofTavernake,The ByE PhillipsOppenheim TessoftheD'Urbervilles ByThos Hardy Thankful'sInheritance ByJosephC Lincoln ThatAffairNextDoor ByAnnaKatharineGreen ThatPrinterofUdell's ByHaroldBellWright TheirYesterdays ByHaroldBellWright ThirteenthCommandment,The ByRupertHughes ThreeofHearts,The ByBertaRuck ThreeStrings,The ByNatalieSumnerLincoln Threshold,The ByMarjorieBentonCooke Throwback,The ByAlfredHenryLewis Tish ByMaryRobertsRinehart ToM L G.;or,HeWhoPassed Anon TrailoftheAxe,The ByRidgwellCullum TrailtoYesterday,The ByChas A Seltzer TreasureofHeaven,The ByMarieCorelli Triumph,The ByWillN Harben T Tembarom ByFrancesHodgsonBurnett TurnoftheTide ByAuthorof"Pollyanna." 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ByMajorRupertHughes Weavers,The ByGilbertParker WhenaMan'saMan ByHaroldBellWright WhenWildernessWasKing ByRandallParrish WheretheTrailDivides ByWillLillibridge WhereThere'saWill ByMaryR Rinehart WhiteSister,The ByMarionCrawford WhoGoesThere?ByRobertW Chambers WhyNot ByMargaretWiddemer WindowattheWhiteCat,The ByMaryRobertsRinehart WindsofChance,The ByRexBeach WingsofYouth,The ByElizabethJordan WinningofBarbaraWorth,The ByHaroldBellWright WireDevils,The ByFrankL Packard WinningtheWilderness ByMargaretHillMcCarter WishingRingMan,The ByMargaretWiddemer WithJulietinEngland ByGraceS Richmond WolvesoftheSea ByRandallParrish WomanGives,The ByOwenJohnson WomanHaters,The ByJosephC Lincoln WomaninQuestion,The ByJohnReedScott WomanThouGavestMe,The ByHallCaine Woodcarverof'Lympus,The ByMaryE Waller WooingofRosamondFayre,The ByBertaRuck WorldforSale,The ByGilbert-Parker YearsforRachel,The ByBertaRuck YellowClaw,The BySaxRohmer YouNeverKnowYourLuck ByGilbertParker Zeppelin'sPassenger,The ByE 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