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The Camp Fire Girls at the Seashore

Or, Bessie King's Happiness

Camp Fire Girls Series, Volume VI

By JANE L. STEWART

The Saalfield Publishing Company

Chicago Akron, Ohio New York

Copyright, 1914

By The Saalfield Publishing Company

[Illustration: They had hearty appetites for the camp breakfast.]

The Camp Fire Girls at the Seashore

CHAPTER I

FROM THE ASHES

The sun rose over Plum Beach to shine down on a scene of confusion and

wreckage that might have caused girls less determined and courageous

than those who belonged to the Manasquan Camp Fire of the Camp Fire

Girls of America to feel that there was only one thing to do--pack up

and move away. But, though the camp itself was in ruins, there were no

signs of discouragement among the girls themselves. Merry laughter vied

with the sound of the waves, and the confusion among the girls was more

apparent than real.

"Have you got everything sorted, Margery--the things that are completely

ruined and those that are worth saving?" asked Eleanor Mercer, the

Guardian of the Camp Fire.

"Yes, and there's more here that we can save and still use than anyone

would have dreamed just after we got the fire put out," replied Margery

Burton, one of the older girls, who was a Fire-Maker. In the Camp Fire

there are three ranks--the Wood-Gatherers, to which all girls belong

when they join; the Fire-Makers, next in order, and, finally, the

Torch-Bearers, of which Manasquan Camp Fire had none. These rank next to

the Guardian in a Camp Fire, and, as a rule, there is only one in each

Camp Fire. She is a sort of assistant to the Guardian, and, as the name

of the rank implies, she is supposed to hand on the light of what the

Camp Fire has given her, by becoming a Guardian of a new Camp Fire as

soon as she is qualified.

"What's next?" cried Bessie King, who had been working with some of the

other girls in sorting out the things which could be used, despite the

damage done by the fire that had almost wiped out the camp during the

night.

"Why, we'll start a fire of our own!" said Eleanor. "There's no sort of

use in keeping any of this rubbish, and the best way to get rid of it is

just to burn it. All hands to work now, piling it up and seeing that

there is a good draught underneath, so that it will burn up. We can get

rid of ashes easily, but half-burned things are a nuisance."

"Where are we going to sleep to-night?" asked Dolly Ransom, ruefully

surveying the places where the tents had stood. Only two remained, which

were used for sleeping quarters by some of the girls.

"I'm more bothered about what we're going to eat," said Eleanor, with a

laugh. "Do you realize that we've been so excited that we haven't had

any breakfast? I should think you'd be starved, Dolly. You've had a

busier morning than the rest of us, even."

"I _am_ hungry, when I'm reminded of it," said Dolly, with a comical

gesture. "Whatever are we going to do, Miss Eleanor?"

"I'm just teasing you, Dolly," said Eleanor. "Mr. Salters came over from

Green Cove in his boat, when he saw the fire, to see if he couldn't help

in some way, and he's gone in to Bay City. He'll be out pretty soon with

a load of provisions, and as many other things as he can stuff into the

_Sally S_."

"Then we're really going to stay here?" said Bessie King.

"We certainly are!" said Eleanor, her eyes flashing. "I don't see why we

should let a little thing like this fire drive us away! We are going to

stay here, and, what's more, we're going to have just as good a time as

we planned to have when we came here--if not a better one!"

"Good!" cried half a dozen of the girls together.

Soon all the rubbish was collected, and a fire had been built. And,

while Margery Burton applied a light to it, the girls formed a circle

about it, and danced around, singing the while the most popular of Camp

Fire songs, Wo-he-lo.

"That's like burning all the unpleasant things that have happened to us,

isn't it?" said Eleanor. "We just toss them into the flames,

and--they're gone! What's left is clean and good and useful, and we will

make all the better use of it for having lost what is burning now."

"Isn't it strange, Miss Eleanor," said Bessie King, "that this should

have happened to us so soon after the fire that burned up the Pratt's

farm?"

"Yes, it is," replied Eleanor. "And there's a lesson in it for us, just

as there was for them in their fire. We didn't expect to find them in

such trouble when we started to walk there, but we were able to help

them, and to show them that there was a way of rising from the ruin of

their home, and being happier and more prosperous than they had been

before."

"We're going to do that, too," said Dolly, with spirit. "I felt terrible

when I first saw the place in the light, after the fire was all out, but

it looks different already."

"Mr. Salters will be here soon," said Eleanor. "And now there's nothing

more to do until he comes. We'll have a fine meal--and if you're half as

hungry as I am you'll be glad of that--and we'll spend the afternoon in

getting the place to rights. But just now the best thing for all of us

to do is to rest."

"I'll be glad to do that," said Dolly Ransom, as she linked her arm with

Bessie's and drew her away. "I am pretty tired."

"I should think you would be, Dolly. I haven't had a chance to thank you

yet for what you did for me."

"Oh, nonsense, Bessie!" said Dolly, flushing. "You'd have done it for

me, wouldn't you? I'm only just as glad as I can be that I was able to

do anything to get you away from Mr. Holmes--you and Zara."

"Zara's gone to pieces completely, Dolly. She was terribly

frightened--more than I was, I think, and yet I don't see how that can

be, because I was as frightened as I think anyone could have been."

"I never saw them get hold of you at all, Bessie. How did it happen?"

"Well, that's pretty hard to say, Bessie. You know, after we found out

that that yacht was here just to watch us, I was nervous, and so were

you."

"I think we had reason to be nervous, don't you?"

"I should say so! Well, anyhow, as soon as I saw that the tents were on

fire, I was sure that the men on the yacht had had something to do with

it. But, of course, there wasn't anything to do but try as hard I could

to help put out the fire, and it was so exciting that I didn't think

about any other danger until I saw a man from the boat that had come

ashore pick Zara up and start to carry her out to it."

"They pretended to be helping us with the fire, and they really did

help, Bessie. I guess we wouldn't have saved any of the tents at all if

it hadn't been for them."

"Oh, I saw what they were doing! When I saw the man pick Zara up,

though, I knew right away what their plan was. And I was just going to

scream when another man got hold of me, and he kept me from shouting,

and carried me off to the yacht in the boat. Zara had fainted, and they

kept us down below in a cabin and said they were going to take us along

the coast until we came to the coast of the state Zara and I were in

when we met you girls first."

"We guessed that, Bessie. That was one of the things we were all

worrying about when we came here--that they might try to carry you two

off that way. I don't see how it can be that you're all right as long as

you're in this state, and in danger as soon as you go back to the one

you came from."

"Well, you see, Zara and I really did run away, I suppose. Zara's father

is in prison, so they said she had to have a guardian, and I left the

Hoovers. So that old Farmer Weeks--you know about him, don't you?--is

our guardian in that state, and he's got an order from the judge near

Hedgeville putting us in his care until we are twenty-one."

"But that order's no good in this state?"

"No, because here Miss Mercer is our guardian. But if they can get us

into that other state, no matter how, they can hold us."

"Oh, I see! And, of course, Miss Eleanor understood right away. When we

told the men who had helped us with the fire that you were missing, they

said they were afraid you must have been caught in the fire, but Miss

Eleanor said she was sure you were on the yacht. And they just laughed."

"I heard that big man, Jeff, talking to her when she went aboard the

yacht."

"Yes. They wouldn't let her look for you, and he threatened to put her

off if she didn't come ashore. You heard that, didn't you?"

"Oh, yes! Zara and I could hear everything she said when she was in the

cabin on the yacht. But we couldn't let her know where we were."

"Well, just as soon as she could get to a telephone, Miss Eleanor called

up Bay City, and asked them to send policemen or some sort of officers

who could search the yacht. But we were terribly afraid that they would

sail away before those men could get here, and then, you see, we

couldn't have done a thing. There wouldn't have been any way of catching

them."

"And they'd have done it, too, if it hadn't been for you, Dolly! I don't

see how you ever thought of it, and how you were brave enough to do what

you did when you did think of it."

"Oh, pshaw, Bessie--it was easy! I knew enough about yachts to

understand that if their screw was twisted up with rope it wouldn't

turn, and that would keep them there for a little while, anyhow. And

they never seemed to think of that possibility at all. So I swam out

there, and, of course, I could dive and stay down for a few seconds at a

time. It was easier, because I had something to hold on to."

"It was mighty clever, and mighty plucky of you, too, Dolly."

"There was only one thing I regretted, Bessie. I wish I'd been able to

hear what they said when they found out they couldn't get away!"

"I wish you'd been there, too, Dolly," said Bessie, laughing. "They were

perfectly furious, and everyone on board blamed everyone else. It took

them quite a while to find out what was the matter, and then even after

they found out, it meant a long delay before they could clear the screw

and get moving."

"I never was so glad of anything in my life, Bessie, as when we saw the

men from Bay City coming while that yacht was still here! We kept

watching it all the time, of course, and we saw them send the sailor

over to dive down and find out what was wrong. Then we could see him

going down and coming up, time after time, and it seemed as if he would

get it done in time."

"It must have been exciting, Dolly."

"I guess it was just as exciting for you, wasn't it? But it would have

been dreadful if, after having held them so long, it hadn't been quite

long enough."

"Well, it _was_ long enough, Dolly, thanks to you! I hate to think of

where I would be now if you hadn't managed it so cleverly."

"What will they do to those men on the yacht, do you suppose?"

"I don't know. Miss Eleanor wants to prove that it was Mr. Holmes who

got them to do it, I think. But that won't be decided until her cousin,

Mr. Jamieson, the lawyer, comes. He'll know what we'd better do, and I'm

sure Miss Eleanor will leave it to him to decide."

"I tell you one thing, Bessie. This sort of persecution of you and Zara

has got to be stopped. I really do believe they've gone too far this

time. Of course, if they had got you away, they'd have been all right,

because in that other state where you two came from what they did was

all right. But they got caught at it. I certainly do hope that Mr.

Jamieson will be able to find some way to stop them."

"I'm glad we're going to stay here, aren't you, Dolly? Do you know, I

really feel that we'll be safer here now than if we went somewhere else?

They've tried their best to get at us here, and they couldn't manage it.

Perhaps now they'll think that we'll be on our guard too much, and leave

us alone."

"I hope so, Bessie. But look here, there were two girls on guard last

night, and what good did it do us?"

"You don't think they were asleep, do you, Dolly?"

"No, I'm sure they weren't. But they just didn't have a chance to do

anything. What happened was this. Margery and Mary were sitting back to

back, so that one could watch the yacht and the other the path that

leads up to the spring on top of the bluff, where those two men we had

seen were sitting."

"That was a good idea, Dolly."

"First rate, but those people were too clever. They didn't row ashore in

a boat--not here, at least. And no one came down the path, until later,

anyhow. The first thing that made Margery think there was anything wrong

was when she smelt smoke and then, a second later, the big living tent

was all ablaze."

"It might have been an accident, Dolly, I suppose--"

"Oh, yes, it might have been, but it wasn't! They were here too soon,

and it fitted in too well with their plans. Miss Eleanor thinks she

knows how they started the fire."

"But how could they have done that, if there were none of them here on

the beach, Dolly?"

"She says that if they were on the bluff, above the tents, they could

very easily have thrown down bombs that would smoulder, and soon set the

canvas on fire. And there was a high wind last night, and it wouldn't

have taken long, once a spark had touched the canvas, for everything to

blaze up. They couldn't have picked a much better night."

"I don't suppose that can be proved, though, Dolly."

"I'm afraid not. That's what Miss Eleanor says, too. She says you can

often be so sure of a thing yourself that it seems that it must have

happened, without being able to prove it to someone else. That's where

they are so clever, and that's what makes them so dangerous. They can

hide their tracks splendidly."

"I don't see why men who can do such things couldn't keep straight, and

really make more money honestly than they can by being crooked."

"It does seem strange, doesn't it, Bessie? Oh, look, there's the _Sally

S._ with our breakfast--and there's another boat coming in. I wonder if

Mr. Jamieson can be here already?"

In a moment his voice proved that it _was_ possible, and a few minutes

later, while the girls were helping Captain Salters to unload the stores

he had brought with him, Eleanor was greeting her attorney from Bay

City.

CHAPTER II

A NEW ALLY

"I guess you haven't met Billy Trenwith properly yet, Eleanor," said

Charlie Jamieson, smiling.

"Maybe not," said Eleanor, returning the smile, "but I regard him as a

friend already, Charlie. He was splendid this morning. If he hadn't

understood so quickly, and acted at once, the way he did, I don't know

what would have happened."

"I'm afraid I didn't really understand at all, Miss Mercer," said

Trenwith, a good looking young fellow, with light brown hair and grey

blue eyes, that, although mild and pleasant enough now, had been as cold

as steel when Bessie had seen him on the yacht. "But I could understand

readily enough that you were in trouble, and I knew that Charlie's

cousin wouldn't appeal to me unless there was a good reason. So I didn't

feel that I was taking many chances in doing what you wished."

"I'm afraid you took more chances than you know about, Billy," said


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