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EMMA McCHESNEY & CO.





by



Edna Ferber









CONTENTS



CHAPTER



I. BROADWAY TO BUENOS AIRES

II. THANKS TO MISS MORRISSEY

III. A CLOSER CORPORATION

IV. BLUE SERGE

V. "HOOPS, MY DEAR!"

VI. SISTERS UNDER THEIR SKIN

VII. AN ETUDE FOR EMMA











EMMA McCHESNEY & CO.









I



BROADWAY TO BUENOS AIRES



The door marked "MRS. MCCHESNEY" was closed. T. A. Buck, president of

the Buck Featherloom Petticoat Company, coming gaily down the hall,

stopped before it, dismayed, as one who, with a spicy bit of news at

his tongue's end, is met with rebuff before the first syllable is

voiced. That closed door meant: "Busy. Keep out."



"She'll be reading a letter," T. A. Buck told himself grimly. Then he

turned the knob and entered his partner's office.



Mrs. Emma McChesney was reading a letter. More than that, she was

poring over it so that, at the interruption, she glanced up in a

maddeningly half-cocked manner which conveyed the impression that,

while her physical eye beheld the intruder, her mental eye was still on

the letter.



"I knew it," said T. A. Buck morosely.



Emma McChesney put down the letter and smiled.



"Sit down--now that you're in. And if you expect me to say, 'Knew

what?' you're doomed to disappointment."



T. A. Buck remained standing, both gloved hands clasping his walking

stick on which he leaned.



"Every time I come into this office, you're reading the latest scrawl

from your son. One would think Jock's letters were deathless


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