Diane of the Green Van

Leona Dalrymple
Diane of the Green Van

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Title: Diane of the Green Van
Author: Leona Dalrymple

Release Date: June 21, 2005 [eBook #16101]
Language: English
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Illustrations by Reginald Birch
Chicago The Reilly & Britton Co. Third printing

"_In Arcadie, the Land of Hearte's Desire, Lette us linger whiles with
Luveres fond; A sparklynge Comedie they playe--with Fire--
Unwyttynge Fate stands waytynge with hir Wande._"

Diane of the Green Van was awarded the $10,000.00 prize in a novel
contest in which over five hundred manuscripts were submitted.

[Frontispiece: "Excellency, as a gentleman who is not a coward, it
behooves you to explain!"]


I Of a Great White Bird Upon a Lake II An Indoor Tempest III A
Whim IV The Voice of the Open Country V The Phantom that Rose
from the Bottle VI Baron Tregar VII Themar VIII After Sunset IX In a
Storm-Haunted Wood X On the Ridge Road XI In the Camp of the
Gypsy Lady XII A Bullet in Arcadia XIII A Woodland Guest XIV By
the Backwater Pool XV Jokai of Vienna XVI The Young Man of the
Sea XVII In Which the Baron Pays XVIII Nomads XIX A Nomadic
Minstrel XX The Romance of Minstrelsy XXI At the Gray of Dawn
XXII Sylvan Suitors XXIII Letters XXIV The Lonely Camper XXV A
December Snowstorm XXVI An Accounting XXVII The Song of the
Pine-Wood Sparrow XXVIII The Nomad of the Fire-Wheel XXIX The
Black Palmer XXX The Unmasking XXXI The Reckoning XXXII
Forest Friends XXXIII By the Winding Creek XXXIV The Moon
Above the Marsh XXXV The Wind of the Okeechobee XXXVI Under
the Live Oaks XXXVII In the Glades XXXVIII In Philip's Wigwam
XXXIX Under the Wild March Moon XL The Victory XLI In Mic-co's
Lodge XLII The Rain Upon the Wigwam XLIII The Rival Campers
XLIV The Tale of a Candlestick XLV The Gypsy Blood XLVI In the
Forest XLVII "The Marshes of Glynn" XLVIII On the Lake Shore
XLIX Mr. Dorrigan L The Other Candlestick LI In the Adirondacks LII
Extracts from the Letters of Norman Westfall LIII By Mic-co's Pool
LIV On the Westfall Lake

"Excellency, as a gentleman who is not a coward it behooves you to
explain." . . . Frontispiece Diane swung lightly up the forest path
White girl and Indian maid then clasped hands
"No, I may not take your hand."

Spring was stealing lightly over the Connecticut hills, a shy, tender
thing of delicate green winging its way with witch-rod over the wooded
ridges and the sylvan paths of Diane Westfall's farm. And with the
spring had come a great hammering by the sheepfold and the stables
where a smiling horde of metropolitan workmen, sheltered by night in
the rambling old farmhouse, built an ingenious house upon wheels and
flirted with the house-maids.
Radiantly the spring swept from delicate shyness into a bolder glow of
leaf and flower. Dogwood snowed along the ridges, Solomon's seal
flowered thickly in the bogs, and following the path to the lake one
morning with Rex, a favorite St. Bernard, at her heels, Diane felt with a
thrill that the summer itself had come in the night with a wind-flutter of
wild flower and the fluting of nesting birds.
The woodland was deliciously green and cool and alive with the piping
of robins. Over the lake which glimmered faintly through the trees
ahead came the whir and hum of a giant bird which skimmed the lake
with snowy wing and came to rest like a truant gull. Of the habits of
this extraordinary bird Rex, barking, frankly disapproved, but finding
his mistress's attention held unduly by a chirping, bright-winged caucus
of birds of inferior size and interest, he barked and galloped off ahead.
When presently Diane emerged from the lake path and halted on the
shore, he was greatly excited.

There was an aeroplane upon the water and in the aeroplane a tall
young man with considerable length of sinewy limb, lazily rolling a
cigarette. Diane unconsciously approved the clear bronze of his lean,
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