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Two Girls
The Clan
A Belt and a Box
Uncle Alec's Room
A Trip to China
And what came of it
Phebe's Secret
Rose's Sacrifice
Poor Mac
"The Other Fellows"
Cosey Corner
A Happy Birthday
Bread and Button-Holes
Good Bargains
Fashion and Physiology
Brother Bones
Under The Mistletoe
A Scare
Something to do

amusement and determined to venture a bold stroke, though not 

very hopeful of its success. They said nothing to Rose about their 

plan for this Saturday afternoon, but let her alone till the time 

came for the grand surprise, little dreaming that the odd child 

would find pleasure for herself in a most unexpected quarter. 


Before she had time to squeeze out a single tear a sound broke the 

stillness, making her prick up her ears. It was only the soft twitter 

of a bird, but it seemed to be a peculiarly gifted bird, for while she 

listened the soft twitter changed to a lively whistle, then a trill, a 

coo, a chirp, and ended in a musical mixture of all the notes, as if 

the bird burst out laughing. Rose laughed also, and, forgetting her 

woes, jumped up, saying eagerly 


"It is a mocking-bird. Where is it?" 


Running down the long hall, she peeped out at both doors, but saw 

nothing feathered except a draggle-tailed chicken under a burdock 

leaf. She listened again, and the sound seemed to be in the house. 

Away she went, much excited by the chase, and following the 

changeful song, it led her to the china-closet door. 


"In there? How funny!" she said. But when she entered, not a bird 

appeared except the everlastingly kissing swallows on the Canton 

china that lined the shelves. All of a sudden Rose's face 

brightened, and, softly opening the slide, she peered into the 

kitchen. But the music had stopped, and all she saw was a girl in a 

blue apron scrubbing the hearth. Rose stared about her for a 

minute, and then asked abruptly 

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