Kate Douglas Wiggin

ROSE O' THE RIVER

BY

KATE DOUGLAS WIGGIN

ILLUSTRATED BY

GEORGE WRIGHT

NEW YORK

GROSSET & DUNLAP

PUBLISHERS

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COPYRIGHT 1905 BY THE CENTURY COMPANY

COPYRIGHT 1905 BY KATE DOUGLAS RIGGS

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

_Published September 1905_

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

The Pine And The Rose 1

Old Kennebec 13

The Edgewood "Drive" 28

"Blasphemious Swearin'" 40

The Game Of Jackstraws 50

Hearts And Other Hearts 67

The Little House 81

The Garden Of Eden 93

The Serpent 102

The Turquoise Ring 114

Gold And Pinchbeck 135

A Country Chevalier 145

Housebreaking 160

The Dream Room 168

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LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

Rose O' The River Frontispiece

"She's Up!" 6

"He's A Turrible Smart Driver" 20

He Had Certainly "Taken Chances" 32

In A Twinkling He Was In The Water 64

"Rose, I'll Take You Safely" 76

Hiding Her Face As He Flung It Down The River-Bank 116

She Had Gone With Maude To Claude's Store 128

"As Long As Stephen Waterman's Alive, Rose Wiley Can Have Him" 158

"Don't Speak, Stephen, Till You Hear What I Have To Say" 174

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THE PINE AND THE ROSE

It was not long after sunrise, and Stephen Waterman, fresh from his dip

in the river, had scrambled up the hillside from the hut in the

alder-bushes where he had made his morning toilet.

An early ablution of this sort was not the custom of the farmers along

the banks of the Saco, but the Waterman house was hardly a stone's throw

from the water, and there was a clear, deep swimming-hole in the Willow

Cove that would have tempted the busiest man, or the least cleanly, in

York County. Then, too, Stephen was a child of the river, born, reared,

schooled on its very brink, never happy unless he were on it, or in it,

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