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CHAPTER IX

 

IT IS THE DAY!

 

 THE car was quite crowded. There were more people than themselves who were going to the Fair, and were to economise. When the children entered and looked about them in the dim light, they thought at first that all the seats were full. People seemed to be huddled up asleep or sitting up awake in all of them. Everybody had been trying to get to sleep at least, and the twins found themselves making their whispers even lower than before.

To people unaccustomed to travel and not so familiar with railroads and steamboats, that change of scene and surroundings and the conveniences and inconveniences invented for the public are old stories and even tiresome ones, to board a train at night is by no means an uninteresting or unexciting experience. Upon children who have made only short journeys by daylight, under perfectly ordinary circumstances, it is an event likely to create a very strong impression.