TRIXIE had been gone two weeks and the time for her homecoming was near at hand. Aunt Joy and the Day family were out under the "big oak" planning the decorations which were to make brilliant the lawn and porches, and greet the eyes of Trixie upon the evening of her arrival home. Ned suggested the additon of sky-rockets, and Grace a brass band, and all had laughed merrily over the Fourth-of-July occasion the children wanted to make of Trixie's return. All were glad in the thought of having Trixie with them so soon, for, to tell the facts in the case, the absence of that spontaneous little soul made a big gap in the doings of that interesting family. So this is how it was with them when the two letters came.
The first was Trixie's, and said:
The other letter was for Trixie's mother and read: