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I. MADGE MORTON'S PLAN
II. CHOOSING A CHAPERON
III. THE SEARCH FOR A HOUSEBOAT
IV. THE FAIRY'S WAND
V. ALL ABOARD
VI. PLEASURE BAY
VII. THE UNKNOWN JAILER
VIII. AN ANXIOUS NIGHT
IX. THE GIRL ON THE ISLAND
X. AN EXCITING RACE
XI. AT THE MERCY OF THE WAVES
XII. A BRAVE FIGHT
XIII. LIFE OR DEATH?
XIV. MADGE COMES INTO HER OWN AGAIN
XV. A CALL FOR HELP
XVI. THE ATTEMPTED RESCUE
XVII. THE CAPTURE
XVIII. ON A STRANGE SHORE
XIX. FINDING A WAY TO HELP MOLLIE
XX. MADGE'S OPPORTUNITY
XXI. MOLLIE'S BRAVE FIGHT
XXII. THE EVIL GENIUS
XXIV. FAREWELL TO THE "MERRY MAID"
List of Illustrations
Their houseboat vacation had begun . . . Frontispiece.
Madge and Tom went gayly down to the boat.
The girls ran down to the water's edge.
"I wish you to come and live with me, Madge."
Madge Morton, Captain of the Merry Maid
MADGE MORTON'S PLAN
"I never can bear it!" cried Madge Morton excitedly, throwing herself
down on her bed in one of the dormitories of Miss Tolliver's Select
School for Girls. "It is not half so bad for Eleanor. She, at least,
is going to spend her holiday with people she likes. But for Uncle
William and Aunt Sue to leave for California just as school closes, and
to send me off to a horrid old maid cousin for half my vacation, is
just too awful! If I weren't nearly seventeen years old, I'd cry my
Madge was alone in her bedroom, which she shared with her cousin,
Eleanor Butler. The two girls lived on an old estate in Virginia, but
for the two preceding terms they had been attending a college
preparatory school at Harborpoint, not far from the city of Baltimore.
Madge had never known her own parents. She had been reared by her
Uncle William and Aunt Sue Butler and she dearly loved her old southern
home. But just when she and Eleanor were planning a thousand pleasures
for their three months' vacation a letter had arrived from Mr. and Mrs.
Butler announcing that they were leaving their estate for six weeks, as
they were compelled to go west on important business. Eleanor was to
be sent to visit a family of cousins near Charlottesville, Virginia,
and Madge was to stay with a rich old maiden cousin of her father.
Cousin Louisa did not like Madge. She felt a sense of duty toward her,
and a sense of duty seldom inspires any real affection in return. So
Madge looked back on the visits she had made to this cousin with a
feeling of horror. Inspired by her Aunt Sue, Madge had always tried to
be on her best behavior while she was the guest of Cousin Louisa. But
since propriety was not Madge Morton's strong point she had succeeded
only in being perfectly miserable and in offending her wealthy cousin
by her unconventional ways.
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