I bought this old book at a flea market a few weeks ago, and have finally gotten around to reading it. I’m not quite sure what I was expecting, but considering that it is a book for teen girls written in 1914, I was not prepared for what I found inside. The illustration above shows a tranquil scene of the happy girls at camp, but in the first few pages of the book I’ve encountered kidnappers, run-aways, arsonists, gypsies and a shyster lawyer. And then things really get interesting with a rich snobby girl who looks down on the others in violation of the rules of the Camp Fire!
One of my favorite passages concerns clothing:
“She stood before them as she spoke, a splendid figure of youth, and health and strength. And, as she spoke, she plunged her hand into a capacious pocket in her skirt.
“There!” she said, “that’s one of the things that has kept women helpless. It wasn’t fashionable to have pockets, so men got one great advantage in their clothes. Camp Fire Girls have pockets!”