This was first published in Alcott's three-volume Lulu's Library and today's readers will find nothing to distinguish it from other competent, sentimental material of the time. It's about ""Dutch"" Trudel who reads about the bravery of the people during the siege of Leiden and takes courage for her own ""siege"" when her weaver father is sick and the family is short of food. Trudel, ""the pious little maid,"" sells her pet cat for bread and sausage, then does errands at market and for neighbors for more food for her family. She parts with a prized tulip for money, and has her big chance when she overhears two disgruntled, laid-off weavers plotting to flood the factory owner's flax fields. When Trudel runs to the ""master"" with her report, he rewards her with food and gold and the promise that her father's job awaits his recovery. Skardinski's unremarkable drawings provide a pleasant background but certainly don't justify the reissue.