Cherry Ames, Department Store Nurse by Helen Wells

By Helen Wells

Cherry's first reduction heart is adjoining to the antiques division of a giant division shop, the place a sequence of thefts have pointed the finger of suspicion at a tender, lately widowed worker. yet Cherry's instincts say in a different way, and her tenacity is helping discover the truth.

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She is completely alone in the world. Well”—Mr. Dance drew a deep breath “—that’s why it’s so very upsetting that Mrs. ” AN INVITATION 41 “But, Mr. ” “My dear Miss Ames, of course I don’t! ” It began to dawn on Cherry that Mrs. Julian was really in trouble. She remembered one thing firmly in Mrs. Julian’s favor. “Mr. Dance, Mrs. ” “Yes, she was—before the Ming vase was stolen. She still is bonded, but the bonding company sent one of its investigators around here yesterday. ” “I’m not sure I understand, Mr.

The door suddenly swung open and Vivian, Mai Lee, and Betty Lane all but fell in. ” Vivian insisted, picking up her hat from the floor. Cherry had to smile at the sight of them. Mai Lee was tiny, like an ivory figurine; Vivian was a pretty girl of middle height; while Betty Lane rose to six feet, managing to look stately and dignified—which she wasn’t. “Good morning, welcome home, and good evening, Cherry,” said Mai Lee and composedly sat down. Betty Lane inquired if everybody’s Thanksgiving had been as happy as hers.

You know there was a theft, don’t you? A valuable Ming vase. ” “So that’s it! But how is a gentle person like Mrs. ” “Haven’t time now to tell you the details. I’m expecting an important phone call. ” “Something about her background. What sort of person she is—” Tom Reese rapidly told Cherry these facts: Anna Elizabeth Julian, who was about thirty, came from a respected and cultivated family. As a girl she had traveled widely in Europe with her family; they had collected art treasures and antiques, and Anna Elizabeth became something of an expert.

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