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erfectly wonderful to ●see how she rose to the requirements of th●e moment, and how strong and level her m▓ind was.In a little while she had grasp▓ed the full extent of the situation, and● was perfectly equal to her new▓ position. CHAPTER XIX LOCH ADèLE SOON aft●er we returned to Crowley Hill she determine▓d to go to the North Carolina f●arms and see the people, so as to reassure ▓them as to her taking care of ▓them fully. We started very early in the▓ morning, Daddy Aleck driving, with basket●s packed with lunch for the day and provi●sions to cook, for we expected to stay three ●or four days.The drive of thirty miles w●as charming until it got too hot, and we stopp●ed under a tree by a spring, took out the ▓horses and tied them in the shade and▓ had our lunch, and rested until it ●became a little cooler.Loch Adè▓le, as we girls had named the far▓m, was a very pretty place with a mi▓ll and large pond, which we dignified into a l●och, much to papa’s amusement.A prett●y rolling country, and the Pee Dee● River, called the Yadkin as soon a●s it passed the line from South to North Carol●ina, ran a small rocky stream about a● mile from the rambling farmhouse.F▓lats had brought supplies in large quantities up▓ the river from Chicora, and● most of{214} the Charleston furniture had been▓ brought by rail to Cheraw, f▓ifteen miles away, and hauled o▓ut to this place, so that the house wa

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