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Aunt Jane's Nieces Abroad


The author is pleased to be able to present a sequel to "Aunt Jane's

Nieces," the book which was received with so much favor last year. Yet

it is not necessary one should have read the first book to fully

understand the present volume, the characters being taken to entirely

new scenes.

The various foreign localities are accurately described, so that those

who have visited them will recognize them at once, while those who have

not been so fortunate may acquire a clear conception of them. It was my

good fortune to be an eye witness of the recent great eruption of


Lest I be accused of undue sensationalism in relating the somewhat

dramatic Sicilian incident, I will assure my reader that the story does

not exaggerate present conditions in various parts of the island. In

fact, Il Duca and Tato are drawn from life, although they did not have

their mountain lair so near to Taormina as I have ventured to locate

it. Except that I have adapted their clever system of brigandage to the

exigencies of this story, their history is truly related. Many who have

travelled somewhat outside the beaten tracks in Sicily will frankly

vouch for this statement.

Italy is doing its best to suppress the Mafia and to eliminate

brigandage from the beautiful islands it controls, but so few of the

inhabitants are Italians or in sympathy with the government that the

work of reformation is necessarily slow. Americans, especially, must

exercise caution in travelling in any part of Sicily; yet with proper

care not to tempt the irresponsible natives, they are as safe in Sicily

as they are at home.

Aunt Jane's nieces are shown to be as frankly adventurous as the average

clear headed American girl, but their experiences amid the environments

of an ancient and still primitive civilization are in no wise





It was Sunday afternoon in Miss Patricia Doyle's pretty flat at 3708

Willing Square. In the small drawing room Patricia--or Patsy, as she

preferred to be called--was seated at the piano softly playing the one

"piece" the music teacher had succeeded in drilling into her flighty

head by virtue of much patience and perseverance.

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