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Two Girls
The Clan
Uncles
Aunts
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
Ear-Rings
Bread and Button-Holes
Good Bargains
Fashion and Physiology
Brother Bones
Under The Mistletoe
A Scare
Something to do
Peace-Making
Which?

all together were too much for her, and she began to think of a 

speedy return to the detested school. 

 

Phebe laughed at her woe till the beans danced in the pan, but tried 

to comfort her by suggesting a means of relief. 

 

"Perhaps your uncle will take you away where there ain't any boys. 

Debby says he is a real kind man, and always bring heaps of nice 

things when he comes." 

 

"Yes, but you see that is another trouble, for I don't know Uncle 

Alec at all. He hardly ever came to see us, though he sent me 

pretty things very often. Now I belong to him, and shall have to 

mind him, till I am eighteen. I may not like him a bit, and I fret 

about it all the time." 

 

"Well, I wouldn't borrow trouble, but have a real good time. I'm 

sure I should think I was in clover if I had folks and money, and 

nothing to do but enjoy myself," began Phebe, but got no further, 

for a sudden rush and tumble outside made them both jump. 

 

"It's thunder," said Phebe. 

 

"It's a circus!" cried Rose, who from her elevated perch had caught 

glimpses of a gay cart of some sort and several ponies with flying 

manes and tails. 

 

The sound died away, and the girls were about to continue their 

confidences when old Debby appeared, looking rather cross and 

sleepy after her nap. 

 

"You are wanted in the parlor, Miss Rose." 

 

"Has anybody come?" 

 

"Little girls shouldn't ask questions, but do as they are bid," was 

all Debby would answer. 

 

"I do hope it isn't Aunt Myra; she always scares me out of my wits 

asking how my cough is, and groaning over me as if I was going to 

die," said Rose, preparing to retire the way she came, for the slide, 


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