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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


"Stop! I don't hear a word, and you may as well save your breath to 

answer my question." 


"What is it?" asked Rose, looking uneasy, for she had something 

on her mind, and feared that he suspected what it was. His next 

words proved that she was right. 


"Now, look here, I want to know something, and you've got to tell 



"Please, don't--" began Rose, beseechingly. 


"You must, or I'll pull off this shade and stare at the sun as hard as 

ever I can stare. Come now!" and he half rose, as if ready to 

execute the threat. 


"I will! oh, I will tell, if I know! But don't be reckless and do 

anything so crazy as that," cried Rose, in great distress. 


"Very well; then listen, and don't dodge, as everyone else does. 

Didn't the doctor think my eyes worse the last time he came? 

Mother won't say, but you shall." 


"I believe he did," faltered Rose. 


"I thought so! Did he say I should be able to go to school when it 



"No, Mac," very low. 




That was all, but Rose saw her cousin set his lips together and take 

a long breath, as if she had hit him hard. He bore the 

disappointment bravely, however, and asked quite steadily in a 



"How soon does he think I can study again?" 


It was so hard to answer that! Yet Rose knew she must, for Aunt 

Jane had declared she could not do it, and Uncle Mac had begged 

her to break the truth to the poor lad. 


"Not for a good many months." 


"How many?" he asked with a pathetic sort of gruffness. 


"A year, perhaps." 


"A whole year! Why, I expected to be ready for college by that 

time." And, pushing up the shade, Mac stared at her with startled 

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