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TheProjectGutenbergEBookofTheLittleColonel'sKnightComesRiding,by AnnieFellowsJohnston ThiseBookisfortheuseofanyoneanywhereatnocostandwith almostnorestrictionswhatsoever Youmaycopyit,giveitawayor re-useitunderthetermsoftheProjectGutenbergLicenseincluded withthiseBookoronlineatwww.gutenberg.org Title:TheLittleColonel'sKnightComesRiding Author:AnnieFellowsJohnston Illustrator:EtheldredB Barry ReleaseDate:May2,2012[EBook#39594] Language:English ***STARTOFTHISPROJECTGUTENBERGEBOOKTHELITTLECOLONEL'SKNIGHT*** ProducedbyDavidEdwards,EmmyandtheOnlineDistributed ProofreadingTeamathttp://www.pgdp.net(Thisfilewas producedfromimagesgenerouslymadeavailablebyThe InternetArchive) THELITTLECOLONEL'S KNIGHT COMESRIDING Worksof ANNIEFELLOWS JOHNSTON TheLittleColonelSeries (TradeMark,Reg U S Pat Of.) Eachonevol.,large12mo,cloth,illustrated TheLittleColonelStories (Containinginonevolumethethree stories,"The LittleColonel,""TheGiantScissors," and "TwoLittleKnightsofKentucky.") 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(Seepage142) THELITTLECOLONEL'S KNIGHTCOMESRIDING BY ANNIEFELLOWSJOHNSTON AUTHOROF "THELITTLECOLONELSERIES,""BIGBROTHER," "OLEMAMMY'STORMENT,""JOEL:ABOY OFGALILEE,""ASAHOLMES,"ETC Illustratedby ETHELDREDB BARRY "Andsometimesinthemirrorblue, Theknightscomeriding,twobytwo." THELADYOFSHALOTT Emblem BOSTON L C PAGE&COMPANY PUBLISHERS Copyright,1907 BYL C PAGE&COMPANY ———m—— (INCORPORATED) ———m—— EnteredatStationers'Hall,London Allrightsreserved Firstimpression,October,1907 Secondimpression,April,1909 COLONIALPRESS ElectrotypedandPrintedbyC H Simonds&Co Boston,U S A CONTENTS CHAPTER I THEHANGINGOFTHEMIRROR II BED-TIMECONFIDENCES III AKNIGHTCOMESRIDING IV BETTY'SNOVEL V ACAMERAHELPS VI "GARDENFANCIES" VII SPANISHLESSONS VIII "SHADOWSOFTHEWORLDAPPEAR " IX MORESHADOWS X BYTHESILVERYARD-STICK XI THEENDOFSEVERALTHINGS XII SIXMONTHSLATER XIII THEMIRACLEOFBLOSSOMING XIV THEROYALMANTLE XV "ASITWASWRITTENINTHESTARS"ANDBETTY'SDIARY PAGE 27 46 68 97 116 134 161 181 199 221 242 266 285 308 LISTOFILLUSTRATIONS PAGE "WITHTHEDONNINGOFTHEANCIENTDRESSSHESEEMEDTOHAVEPUTON THESWEET Frontispiece SHYMANNERTHATHADBEENTHECHARMOFITSFIRSTWEARER" (Seepage142) "THEOTHERGRASPEDSOMEDARKOBJECTTHATSEEMEDTOBEAPICTURE FRAME" "DREWREINAMOMENTATTHEGATE,TOLOOKDOWNTHESTATELY 47 AVENUE" "HEWASBENDINGANXIOUSLYOVERABUBBLINGSAUCEPAN" 87 "MAKINGACUPOFHERWHITEHANDS" 126 "FORONCETHEREDANDGREENBIRDWASONITSGOODBEHAVIOUR" 180 "SHEPOUREDTHECORNINTOTHEPOPPERANDBEGANTOSHAKEITOVER 261 THEREDCOALS" "'SHELOOKEDTOMEJUSTLIKEONEOFHEROWNLILIES'" 315 THE LITTLECOLONEL'SKNIGHT COMESRIDING What happened afterward was all a sort of golden haze to Lloyd The afternoonoftheanniversarycameandwent Shegreetedtheguestswhocamein aconstantstreamwiththeirgiftsandgoodwishes Shesangtheoldsongswhen they asked her to, she saw that every one was served to the sumptuous refreshmentsinthedining-room;sheplayedherrôleofdaughterofthehouseto such perfection that Aunt Alicia caught her hand gratefully every time she passed,andfollowedherwithlovingeyesassheflittedfromroomtoroom She carried away the impression that it was all a beautiful sacred occasion, for the whole Valley bared its heart for that little space to show its love for the good doctor who for half a century had been its standby in its times of stress and anxietyandbitterbereavement Yet the only moment that stood out quite clearly was the one when Rob passed down the receiving line and stopped for a word about the perfect June day,andhowsweetthewhite-hairedbrideoffiftyyearslookedinherold-time satin gown and white roses Lloyd had answered gaily, fluttering her fan and adjusting the slender bracelet on her arm, in a careless way, but she had not lookedupathiminherusualstraightforwardfashion Thefestivitieswerenotextendedintotheevening BecauseAuntAliciawas notstrongtheinvitationswereonlyfortheafternoon,andbysundownthelast guesthaddeparted EvenLloydwent,sayingmerrilythatsheleftthemtobegin theirsecondhoneymoon,butthatshewouldbebacknextmorningtohelpput thingsinorder TherewascompanyatTheLocuststhatnight,somebusinessacquaintances of Mr Sherman's whom he had invited to dinner, and who were interested in nothingbutstatisticsabouttheSouthandotherlikestupidthings Tiredbythe day's exhausting demands, Lloyd left them when they went into the drawingroom, and stepping out on the porch sat down on the steps The moon was comingup,turningthelocuststosilver Presently she heard the sound of hoof-beats down the pike, and as she listened a solitary horseman turned in at the gate She was not expecting Rob, but even at that distance she recognized the familiar slouch of his broadbrimmedhatandtheerectwayhesatinthesaddle Andsheknewbeforeaword was spoken, the moment he dismounted and stood before her that he had not comeforacall,onlytobringsomemessage Buthedidnotdeliveritatonce, onlyaskedwhotheguestswere,andsatdownbesideheronthestepsandtalked aboutthetrivialhappeningsoftheafternoon Thenafewminuteslatershewaswalkingalongbesidehimunderthelocusts The moonlight lay in silver patches among the black shadows and the air was heavywiththebreathofroses Theystoppedattheoldmeasuringtree,andRob droppedthelighttoneinwhichhehadbeenjesting,andhisfacegrewtensein hisdeepearnestness "It'snousetryinganylonger,Lloyd,"hesaidabruptly "Ican'tgiveyouup Thegoldenweddingto-daywastoomuchforme."Hetookastepnearer "Dear, isn'tthereanythingIcoulddotomakemyselfworthierinyoursight?Intheold daysknightscouldgo outandprove their valour and fealty Couldn't you give mesomesuchchance?Setmeatask?I'dgototheworld'sendtodoit!" Lloyddidnotanswerforamoment Leaningagainstthetrunkofthegnarled locust,shestoodidlytracingtheoutlineofthefour-leafcloverthathehadcut besidethedatethelasttimetheymeasuredthere Thenshesaidinalowtone: "Yes,youcanbringmethediamondleafthatwe'vetalkedaboutsooften By that token you'd prove that you were not only a true knight, but that all these yeahsyou'vebeenmyprinceindisguise." Hesmiledruefully,thinkingshehadpurposelysethimahopelesstask They had read the legend together, and he knew full well that Abdallah found the diamond leaf of happiness only in Paradise, but he took out his watch and openedthebackofthecase,sayinghopefully,"Myluckycharmhasneverfailed meyet,howlongwillyougivemetofindit?" She held out her hand for the little talisman, the four-leaf clover she had givenhimsomanyyearsago,butashepickeditup,thedryleavescrumbledto dustathistouch,andonlyonefellunbrokenintoheroutstretchedpalm "MygoodomenhasfailedmewhenIneededitmost!"hesaid bitterly,but Lloyd answered shyly, "No, don't you see? This is the fo'th leaf You have broughtmewhatIaskedfor." For an instant he stood there, an incredulous joy dawning in his face, then graspingthelittlehandthatclosedovertheclover,heaskedwonderingly,"And myunworthyshouldersreallyfityourroyalmantlenow,dear?Youaresure?" Shelookedupathimthen,notadoubtinhertrustingfaceassheslowlymade answer,"Yes,Rob,'asthefalcon'sfeathahsfitthefalcon!'" Andthentheoldlocusts,lookingdownontheendingofastorythattheyhad watchedfromitsbeginning,stoppedtheirswayingforaspace,withasoft"Sh!" eachtoeachasonelaysfingeronlipinholyplaces CHAPTERXV "ASITWASWRITTENINTHESTARS"ANDBETTY'S DIARY "THElightsareoutandgonearealltheguests."Itisverylate,butImustsit up and write the full account of it while it is all fresh and clear in my mind Besides I am too wide awake to sleep even if I should try It was a beautiful, beautifulwedding;butImustgobackeversofarifIamtohavenogapsinthis record ItisthreeyearsnowsinceIwentawaytoWarwickHalltoteach;full,hard years,butsorichinexperiencesandsohelpfulinmyworkthatI'dgladlygoon with them if I were not needed here at home But they need me now that Lloydismarriedandgone,andalthoughshehasnotgonefarandwillbeinand out every day, and her room is just as she left it, and her place will always be hers, still I am the daughter of the house in many ways, and can in a measure makeuptogodmotherandPapaJackalltheyhavedoneforme Ithinktheydo feelrepaidtoagreatextentbymylittlesuccessesandtheprospectofmoreto followbyandby ItmademesogladandproudwhenIheardPapaJacktelling thedoctorto-day about the essaystheAtlantic had accepted of mine, and how pleased he was over the series of sketches that the New York publishers are going to bring out in book form in time for the holidays The same publishers thatrefusedmypooroldnoveltoo ItdoesnotseempossiblethattwoyearsandahalfhavegonebysinceLloyd wrote to me of her engagement, but it seemed a long time to look forward to then Herfatherandmotherwouldnothaveconsentedtogiveherupanysooner evenifRobhadbeeninapositiontoaskit Nowhehasbeenamemberofhis grandfather's firm for a full year, and everybody says he is one of the most promisingyounglawyerseveradmittedtotheLouisvillebar Hehasgoneinto hislifeworkashewentintoallhisgames—towin!Andheissobigandstrong and dependable, I know that godmother and Papa Jack feel perfectly safe in givingLloyduptohim IthinkthateventheoldColonelfindsitalittleeasierto bereconciledtotheideaofherleavingbecauseheissofondandproudofRob Butheseemstotakeittoheartmorethananyoneelse Lloydthoughthedid,too,andwhenshefirstbegantoplanherweddingshe askedherfatherifhewouldfeelhurtifsheaskedhergrandfatherinsteadofhim togowithhertothealtarandgiveheraway "Youknow,PapaJack,"shesaidin thatsaucywayofhersthatnooneabouttheplacecanresist,"youcuthimoff fromtheonechanceheshouldhavehadtoperformthatceremony,byrunning awaywithmothah Soit'sonlyfairyoushouldmakeituptohimnowbygiving him the honah of escorting me Besides you and she have each othah, and he feels so left out and lonely and is making such a deadly serious affair of my goingaway." PapaJacksawitfromherpointofviewandwasentirelywillingtodoasshe wished WhentheoldColonelfoundoutwhatLloydwanted,hewassotouched andpleasedandcomplimentedthatIthinkhemusthavelainawakenightstrying tothinkofthingstoshowhisappreciation Thislastweekshecalledpresentation week,becauseeverysingledayhesurprisedherwithsomelovelypresent The first day he gave her the little silver sugar-bowl with butterfly handles andthecream-pitchershapedlikealilythathehadpromisedherthefirsttime shehada"pinkparty"upinhisroom,whenshewasatinylittlegirl Thenext dayitwasapursefullofbrightnewgoldpieces,andthenextalocketthathad been his mother's, all set round with sapphires, and with sapphires strung at intervalson theslenderchainthatheldit Oneday thegiftwasa treasureofa rosewood chair and writing-desk that had belonged to Lloyd's grandmother Amanthis,withallthelittlemother-of-pearlarticlesthatgowithadesk,justas shehadusedthem Shewastoosurprisedforanythingthedayhegaveherthe harp Ithadbeencalledherssinceshestartedtolearntoplayonit,butshenever for a moment supposed he would allow it taken away from The Locusts The sixth present had no intrinsic value, but he had treasured it for years, a medal bestowed on one of his Virginia ancestors by the king, as a reward for his servicestothecrowninthoseearlydaysofstruggleandstressinthecolonies ThenlastandbestofallinLloyd'seyeswasasplendidcopyofthebeautiful portrait of her grandmother Amanthis I cannot distinguish it from the original that has always over the mantel in the drawing-room The Colonel had a fineartistcomeonfromNewYorktopaintit,whileLloydwasattheseashore thissummer Shewassohappyoveritandallherheirlooms Shesaidshedidn'twanther fatherandmothertogiveheranynewsilver Theyhadtalkedaboutafullset ShesaidtherewassomucholdfamilyplateoveratOaklea,whichshewouldfar ratheruse Sogodmothergaveherachestoflinen,andPapaJacksomesharesin theArizonamines Shehasactuallyseemedtotakepleasureinthethoughtthat she is marrying a poor man, and has been preparing for it all during her engagementbykeepingherexpenseswithinacertainlimitinsteadofspending inthelavishwayshehasalwaysbeenaccustomedto She'stakensuchpridetoo in learning all the housewifely arts that her grandmother and the Judge's wife weresonotedfor Eugenia and Stuart Tremont came several days ago, and Joyce came with themtobeoneofthebridesmaids Philcouldnotleavehisworkjustnowlong enough to come, but he sent the dearest little gift—a cut-glass honey dish and cover, with a honey spoon to go with it The spoon is a flat gold one with a clusterofbeesonthehandle Thenotehesentwithitwasdear,too,thankingher sobeautifullyfortheinspirationandhelpherfriendshiphadbeentohim,andfor hergoodadvicethatsenthimto"TheSchooloftheBees." Lloydwassopleasedthatshehuntedupalittleunsetturquoisehehadonce givenherasafriendshipstone,andRobtookittotownandhadajewellersetit into a tiny stick-pin for her, and she wore it as the "something blue" at her wedding Rob couldn't afford to give her an expensive present like the diamond pendant that Raleigh Claiborne gave Allison when they were married last summer,butitpleasedLloydmorethanaqueen'stiaracouldhavedone Itwas justalittleclasptofastenherbridalveil Hehaditmadetoorder—onlyafourleafclover,butthefourthleafwasdiamond-set,because,liketheoneAbdallah foundinParadise,itwastheleafofhappiness Itwasjustaquietchurchwedding,assimpleasitcouldpossiblybemade,in thelateafternoonofoneofthesweetest,goldenestOctoberdaysthatevershone on the Valley Only her most intimate friends were invited to the ceremony, because the little stone church is so small, but the doors were thrown open to everybodyatthereceptionthatfollowedatTheLocusts Sincethechurchhasbeenfrescoedinsideanddoneoverinsoftcoolgreens,it makesmethinkoftheheartofadeepbeechwoods Thelightslipsinthroughits narrow deep-set windows just as it does between the trees in the dim forest aisles Lloydwouldn'thaveitfilledwithhothouseroses Shesaidnothingcould beasappropriateasthewildflowersgrowingallarounditinthecountrylanes and meadows So there was nothing but tall plumes of goldenrod nodding in every open window, while the altar was a bank of snowy asters She wanted them she said because aster means star, and it was at the altar her happiness wouldbewrittenforherinthestars Shesaid,too,thataslongasitwasinthecountryandsheneedn'tthinkofthe conventions and could have things just as she pleased, she wanted it to be a white wedding—everybody in the bridal party to wear white She said the old Colonel wouldn't look natural to her in anything else that time of year, and all the others would appear to better advantage Every one said afterward what a beautifulpictureitmade RobandMalcolmandKeithandRanaldandAlexare all handsome young fellows anyhow, and they looked bigger and handsomer thaneverintheirimmaculatewhitesuits MalcolmwasbestmanandIwasmaid of honour Kitty and Joyce and Katie Mallard were the bridesmaids We girls carriedarmfulsofthestarryastersandthemenworethemasboutonnières thebride"'SHELOOKEDTOMEJUSTLIKEONEOFHEROWNLILIES.'" AsforLloyd,whenshecameoutofherroom,herdresstrailingbehindher likeasoft,pure-whitecloud,solightandairyitseemedasifitmusthavebeen wovenonsomefairyloom,andwithagreatclusteroflilies-of-the-valleyinher hands,shelookedtomejustlikeoneofherownlilies PooroldMomBeck,who haddressedher,stoodbehindherwiththetearsstreamingdownherblackface, saying,"Honey,yousho'lynevahwilllookmoahlikeablessedangelwhenyou gitthroughthepearlygatesthanyoudothisminute!" FromthelookonRob'sfaceashemetheratthewhitestarry-crownedaltar,I amsurehefeltthathehadalreadygonethrough"thepearlygates."Itwasallso sweet and solemn, and as we listened to the words, "Whom God hath joined together,"Ithinkweallfeltthatheaven'sownbenedictionrestedonthem,and wouldfollowthemalltheirwaytothe"Lando'theLeal." How the people of the Valley poured in at The Locusts afterward to wish themjoy!Oldand young,richand poor, whiteandblack, forofcourseallthe oldservantsofbothfamilieshadtocomeintopaytheirrespects Iamsurethat no more heartfelt good wishes were uttered than their "God bless you, Miss Lloyd,honey,"or"Iwishyoujoy,[315] [316] Mistah Rob," as the faithful black hands that had served them from babyhoodgraspedtheirswithloyalgood-will Theyseemtocountthisyearthat joinsthetwooldfamiliesandestatesasasortofyearofjubilee Itisn'toftenthataweddinghaseverybody'sapprovalasthisonehas Lloyd hasalwaysbeenasmuchofafavouriteatOakleaasRobisatTheLocusts The Judge is radiantly happy and Mrs Moore has been as sweet and considerate abouteverythingasifLloydwerereallyherowndaughter ShewantsLloydto take the place as mistress of the house just as she did when she went there a bride She and Rob's father didn't take a wedding journey, but went straight home to Oaklea to spend their honeymoon, and she was so pleased when she foundthatLloydandRobwantedtodothesame SheandtheJudgewaitedjust long enough to welcome them home to-night, and then took the train for Alabamatovisitsomeofherpeople Theyhavelongbeenwantingtomakethe trip,andsochosethistime Allthe details of the supperwere carriedoutjustastheywere atEugenia's wedding, excepting the charms Lloyd vowed she had lost faith in them since Mammy Easter's fortune had failed to come true By rights Joyce should have been married before either Allison or herself because she caught Eugenia's bouquet Butbecausethegirlsstillbelievedinthemshedidthrowherbouquet fromthetopofthestepsjustbeforesheleft,andKittycaughtit ItisonlyastepovertoOaklea,soshewentawayinherbridalgownandveil I'llneverforgetthepictureshemadeasshestoodthereinthemoonlight,waiting for the carriage to drive up for them, or the adoring look in Rob's eyes as he turnedtoleadherdownthesteps Somehowitmakesthetearscomecrowding upinsuchamistIcanhardlyseetowrite AndnowIhavecometothelastpageofthisvolumeofmyGood-timesbook DearLloyd,dearlittlesisterwhowasthebeginningofallmygoodtimes,Iam glad that heaven has sent you this happy day for me to chronicle! What a beautifulRoadoftheLovingHeartyourgirlhoodhasleftinthememoryofall yourfriends!Whataspiritofjoyyouhavebeeninthisoldhome,andwhatan aching void you have left behind you! No matter what the years may hold in store,youwillbeablessingwhereveryougo,foryouhavelearnedtokeeptryst withallthatlifedemandsofyou AndbecauseyouweretruetoyourHildegarde promiseandwoveonlyaccordingtothesilveryardstick,Icanclosethisrecord inthesamewordsthatendtheoldstorywehavebothlovedsolong:"Sowith herfather'sblessinglightuponher,sherodeawaybesidetheprince;andever afterallherlifewascrownedwithhappinessasithadbeenwrittenforherinthe stars!" 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